Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul’

The Revolution: a Manifesto

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

I was a supporter of Ron Paul’s bid for the Presidency.  As a result, I ended up purchasing Ron Paul’s new book The Revolution: a Manifesto. Overall, I felt that this is a decent book. The only problem with it is that it doesn’t introduce many new ideas. I found this book very similar to Harry Browne’s Why Government Doesn’t Work. Both of these are good introduction into the Libertarian philosophy.

I believe that The Revolution: a Manifesto is geared to a general audience. For instance, it is a good book to give to others who aren’t familiar with Libertarian ideas. Overall, I found nothing wrong with this book. On the other hand, I didn’t learn anything new from it that I didn’t already know. I the one nice thing I found about the book are the references. I noticed that I have read a lot of the books that Ron Paul recommends. Overall, I think that one can learn more from the works of Murray Rothbard, Luwig Von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, or Frédéric Bastiat.

The one thing I found refreshing is that one Ron Paul is probably the only politician that regularly visits and The Mises Institute. These are sites that I also regularly visit.

The Revolution

Boston Globe Article

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

This January, I went to New Hampshire for Operation Live Free or Die.  The goal of the Live Free or Die project was to help with the Ron Paul campaign leading up to the NH primary. Overall, it was one of the best trips I have ever been on. I was able to meet a lot of interesting people that shared similar views to mine, and at the same time I was able to donate my time to a good cause.

Outside the Ron Paul Campaing office in Concord, NH.

When I was in New Hampshire, I was interviewed by the Boston Globe while working at polling location in Concord, NH. I feel that I am somewhat misrepresented in this article.  I don’t think I ever told the reporter that I had any problem with the press.  On the other hand, I feel that Fox News should not have eliminated Ron Paul from the pre-primary debate.  I don’t have a problem with the press not reporting on Ron Paul. The reason I feel this way is news papers are there to make money, so they report on the candidates that they think the public is interested in. Also, anyone can start a news paper or magazine. Although circulation my not be large at first, there are not the barriers to enter the printing business that there are with TV. In the case of TV news, it is next to impossible to start a television station, because of the FCC regulations.  So, a few large corporations control what the American public watches. As far as the debate goes, because Fox eliminated Ron Paul it probably cost him a number of votes. Fox shouldn’t be able to exclude candidates simple because they don’t like them, when they have a government granted monopoly on the media.