Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How libertarian IS Ron Paul?

Not consistently, according to Ilya Somin (via Glenn Reynolds):
1. Ron Paul has opposed virtually all free trade agreements
2. Paul also has opposed school voucher programs
3. He not only favors a massive crackdown on illegal immigration but even seems to endorse the view that immigration should be "reduced, not expanded" whether legal or not
4. Paul refus(es) to repudiate the Stormfront neo-Nazis, racists, 9/11 "Truthers," and other assorted wackos who have endorsed him
I'm for critically massed government whenever it increases freedom to choose: protecting lives and rights, building infrastructure, opening new territories--anything that private institutions fall short of the democratic alternative. The fact that Paul wants to diminsh liberties related to trade, education, and people beyond our borders makes him something different from a libertarian. A charlatarian, perhaps?


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