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On April 9, 2014, The Idependent Institute hosted an event at which Dr. Ron Paul spoke on America’s political system, and the state of liberty. Dr. Paul served as a United States Congressman for 12 terms, and ran as a Presidential candidiate no less than three times. New York Times bestselling author, Ron Paul is an educated individual who practiced as a medical doctor for many years before stepping into the poitical sphere. Paul is often referred to as the formost advocate for individual liberty, limited government and free market economics.
Ron Paul begins his speech by defining liberty. He argues that the ideal is no less than a right to life, liberty, and property. Paul goes on to argue for a free market, small government system in which the individual reaps what they sow. The government is not responsible for the well being of the indivudual. Not only is the government unable to act as a caretaker, but it should not attempt to. Paul claims these efforts unaviodably devolve into authoritarianism.
Ron Paul goes on to discuss military and foreign affairs issues. He references the propaganda coming from the government and how that influences public understanding and opinion. He outlines the value of protecting America in contrast to engaging in unnecessary wars that cost lives and cost money. Ron Paul argues that a non-interventionist policy is good for the country, and good for the troops.
He goes on to discuss the current economic environment of the United States, and the danger the nation faces. Government regulation and irresponsible spending has left the economy in a state of deterioration. Ron Paul argues serious reform, such as the abolishment of the federal reserve, would benefit the economy. While he admits the unlikelihood of such a change, Paul believes that free market fiscal policies are steps in the right direction.
Ron Paul argues the current state of free speech protection is nothing less than frightening. The political and social reaction to the efforts of people like Edward Snowden smells of authoritarian regimes. The first amendment is a fundamental right of the people and any government which threatens that right or produces propaganda demonizing the courage and truth displayed by people exercising that right should be closely examined.
Ultimately, Ron Paul speaks in defense of liberty. He argues for the protection of individual rights, and the advancement of responsible, free market fiscal policies.