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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rand Paul Runs for US Senate

Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul, announced that he is running for the US Senate in Kentucky. The incumbent Republican candidate is very unpopular, and will not get reelected. The incumbent isn't running for reelection.

A lot of people on the Ron Paul discussion forums are supporting Rand Paul's efforts to run for the US Senate. Unless you live in Kentucky, you don't get to vote in that election.

That illustrates a flaw with district-based winner-take-all voting. Suppose that 10% of the people living in the USA believe "Rand Paul would make a good Senator!". That's irrelevant. Rand Paul needs a majority/plurality in Kentucky to win. Of course, all elections are illegitimate, but this is a specific defect in the US voting system.

If you don't live in Kentucky, you may still donate money to his campaign. A lot of donations plus the name recognition is a huge boost for Rand Paul.

It'll be interesting to see how the mainstream media spins his campaign. Ron Paul and Rand Paul have sufficient popularity that the bad guys probably won't be able to completely ignore his campaign.

The Republican party fundraising engine is uniting in support for Rand Paul's opponent in the Republican primary.

Rand Paul seems to share most political viewpoints with his father. I read that he isn't as good a speaker as Ron Paul.

In some ways, Ron Paul is an advocate for freedom, and in some ways Ron Paul is a pro-State troll.

Ron Paul raises awareness for "The Federal Reserve is evil!", "The income tax is evil!", and "Big government is evil!" Some of his supporters have gotten disgusted and are moving towards agorism. Some of Ron Paul's supporters are understanding "All taxation is theft! Government is a massive criminal conspiracy!"

However, Ron Paul is also a pro-State troll. Ron Paul says "It would be nice if the government strictly followed the limits of the Constitution!" instead of "The US Constitution has no legitimacy at all!" Ron Paul says "Taxes should be lower and government should be smaller!" instead of "All taxation is theft! All government is terrorism!"

Ron Paul and Rand Paul are statists. If you wear the colors, you're part of the gang. As a Congressman, Ron Paul is responsible for all the bad things that government does, even if he votes against most bad laws.

Ron Paul knows that if he says "Government is a massive criminal conspiracy!", then no mainstream media outlet will cover him as news. He adopts self-censorship so he can be taken seriously. Is Ron Paul intentionally self-censoring? Or, is he still struggling with his pro-State brainwashing? Either way, it's disappointing to see people like Ron Paul coming so close to the truth but falling short.

Ron Paul's message of "Big government is evil!" is a prerequisite to "Who needs a government anyway?" When people learn about partial incomplete versions of the truth, that opens a path for someone to say the full truth. Ron Paul is pushing the "debate ceiling", the limit of permissible debate. He's the only mainstream politician that criticizes the Federal Reserve and income tax, even though "They are unconstitutional!" is a much weaker criticism than "They are immoral!"

It'd be nice to see Rand Paul get elected, but I'm not wasting time supporting him or donating money. Reform will not occur by voting. Raising awareness for evils of the State is still beneficial.

"The State completely collapses!" seems far more likely than "The State will be reformed!"

6 comments:

Kiba said...

I like to imagine a bunch of anarchists posing as government officials to gather intelligence for anarchistic private spy agencies.

Given his association with anarcho-capitalist economic thinkers like Rothbard, I wouldn't be suprised if he is an anarchist.

David_Z said...

Ron Paul's message of "Big government is evil!" is a prerequisite to "Who needs a government anyway?" When people learn about partial incomplete versions of the truth, that opens a path for someone to say the full truth. Ron Paul is pushing the "debate ceiling", the limit of permissible debate.

I certainly appreciate Paul for this, but in the end, he's still a statist. It's too bad, because he seems like such a decent fellow.

barry b. said...

THE STATE will never be destroyed. You have to escape humans to escape THE STATE.

That being said.. Rand Paul is no Ron. He looks like the guitarist for Depeche Mode with that girl hair of his and there's ABSOLUTELY NO CONVICTION, NO FIRE IN THE BELLY, NO CONCERN ON HIS FACE when he talks about this stuff. Its like hes discussing English History to high schoolers. Unless he figures out what he believes and why he believes it... the man won't be elected. Unless of course he buys an insane amount of advertising... sometimes that does it. But from I've seen... I'm not impressed and don't know if I would even support his campaign. Being the son of Ron Paul isn't enough in itself.

Joel Laramee said...

@barry b:

So you're saying that the existence of a group of people, forcing all the inhabitants of a certain area, to pay them for "protection" (hey, the group that does that down in South Philly, is called "the mafia"!), in an inevitable trait of the human species?

That doesn't make any sense-- you know why? Because THE STATE didn't always exist among humans. (Ireland, for a good while, Israel, before its first monarchy, etc.) So if it didn't always exist, why should it be inevitable now? As long as there are people like you repeating over and over again that "you can never get away from it", people will continue to submit to it, and support it, and let it control their minds.

jw said...

Rand Paul 2010!

Anonymous said...

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* against the inappropriately named USA PATRIOT act
* against regulating the internet
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