US politics and presidents effect the whole world. I find Ron Paul refreshing. He is one of the few US politicians, who opposes the US Empire. This is
for me the most important topic. But I am not an American and don't vote in your elections.
I respect Ron Paul's integrity and his consistency on foreign policy and his stance on civil liberties. But I fear, that his austerity policies and
wish for a small federal government combined with his approach of Austrian economics might kill more people at home, than would be saved through his
non-inventionist, non-militaristic policies abroad.
Although I don't believe he has deliberately designed his policies to serve the 1%, I believe his free market ideology might do this nonetheless. A
recent example how the rapid destruction of a large federal state has negatively effected large parts of the society, while few ruthless robber barons
profited could be observed in Russia. After the fall of communism, subsidies and regulatory practices were replaced by a “free market ideology”.
State-provided services were rapidly privatized. As a result of these policies, the average life expectancy dropped dramatically (mens life expectancy
dropped by 8 years from 1991 to 1994).
Small government means, many of those employed by the state will lose their state-provided jobs. In Russia, people lost also parts of their pensions.
In Russia, the free market did not provide much alternative sources of income for those, who have only those skills they developed to cope with the
previous environment. To hope for a different outcome in the United States is in my opinion wishful thinking. Most of your productivity has already
been outsourced. Health care will become unaffordable for even more citizens than today. The unemployed often develop depressions. In Russia alcohol
addictions skyrocketed and many depressed Russians committed suicide.
Compared to Ron Paul, Webster Tarpley is an ideologue from the opposite spectrum. While his criticism may be exaggerated, I nonetheless recommend
listening to his analysis (Guns and Butter Podcast ca. 1hour length) which highlights some of the dangers and consequences of Ron Paul's economic
As I said, US foreign policy and the abandonment of imperialism is for me the most important issue. Sadly I fear, that even with an elected genuine
anti-imperialist Ron Paul, there would probably be no end to US-imperialism. Ike warned the world of the military-industrial-complex and the president
after him tried to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds”. - We know how this ended.
The 76 year old Paul is not immortal and we know what kind of “serious contender” the establishment of his party would support to replace him. The
establishment of the Democrats is equally bad. I think true change can only come from the bottom-up. It must completely bypass the corrupt parties.
Trying to change the corrupted system for the better from within is doomed to fail.
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