Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Peter Schiff on the Daily Show

Peter Schiff had a great appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night:

Comedy Central - Peter Schiff on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 6/9/09

Despite some rumors on the internet, Peter did not announce he was running for U.S. Senate, but only that he is thinking about it. Although many seem to be disappointed, I for one am not. Why? Because the best thing about being involved in a political campaign is the potential to reach many with the message of freedom, and Peter already is doing that through his work at Euro Pacific Capital and his numerous media appearances and books. There are others such as Rand Paul and Adam Kokesh who will have a far greater benefit by running for office because they do not currently have any media exposure.

The freedom movement will likely never have a majority in Congress, and even if they do, it will difficult for many to avoid the pitfalls explained by Lord Acton in his axiom, "All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely." The best we can hope for is that we get a few principled individuals in office who can stir up the pot a little bit.

As much as I love Ron Paul, I think I've read somewhere that he has never had a single bill of his passed (although I am closely monitoring the progress of HR 1207). What he has done, however, is to stir in the hearts of many a yearning for freedom and to educate them on far the government has strayed from its founding principles.

And I think that is key to the movement and probably always will be: education. And the best place to start is the Ludwig von Mises Institute. If you haven't done so, I encourage you to check out the enormous wealth of information on their site to learn more about Austrian Economics and libertarianism!

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