Given that one accepts this stateless idea of freedom, how should one assess the political philosophy of Ron Paul?
There are two broad views:
- Paul’s support of the Constitution means he supports the state; therefore, he is not a freedom fighter and his core values are no different in principle from Clinton’s, Obama’s, or McCain’s. Or,
- Paul is perhaps the first candidate in American history to run on a major party platform who opposes the distinguishing feature of the state – i.e., coercion – and is, from that standpoint, a courageous freedom fighter.
In other words, is Ron Paul’s approach fundamentally flawed or is he trying to move us closer to the libertarian ideal of non-aggression?
Read the rest and find out! Or better yet, buy the book and find out!