Channel: Russia Today
Lori Harfenist: For the past decade, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been a radical voice of opposition warning that the U.S. economy was about to collapse.
He’s been marginalized and even ridiculed, but now that some of his predictions are starting to come true it begs the question, is it time the world starts listening to radical thinkers? Let’s talk about that.
Do you think it’s time we start listening to radical thinking?
Man 1: Well, I don’t think Ron Paul is terribly radical. He makes a lot of sense in a lot of things he does, so I think I would disagree with you in the sense that he is a radical, but, you know, he has some good ideas that we should listen to everybody.
Man 2: He is actually somebody I like to listen to. There is not many that I would like to listen to.
Man 3: I think that there a lot of people who say important things that don’t get listened. There’s a guy called Noam Chomsky. I know a lot of people who are watching this now won’t know who Noam Chomsky is. But everybody should read him, and everybody should listen to what he’s got to say. But a lot of people don’t want to think for themselves, I think.
Lady 1: I think too crazy […], there’s a limit to how radical you can go and it’s hard to see that line. Don’t cross over, you might go too far.
Man 3: I think it’s not that his ideas are radical, but it’s just that they require you to put some thoughts in them. They’re not immediate. They may be counterintuitive to the things you already think are true. So people find it easy to say, “Oh, you’re radical. You’re crazy,” rather than take a step back and look at what’s really going on.
Lori Harfenist: Why are people afraid to hear new or radical ideas? What are they scared of, you think?
Man 4: It’s called change.
Lori Harfenist: Why are people scared of change?
Man 4: Because they’re so used to something that they think that change will be worse when they could actually make it better.
Man 5: I think when things are hard, change is hard. Radical thoughts are difficult to have when things are very tough.
Lady 1: Well put.
Lady 2: I’m not ready for it.
Lori Harfenist: You’re not ready?
Lady 2: I’m not ready for it.
Lori Harfenist: Even though the times are so getting bad?
Lady 2: Things are changing, but I’m not ready for it.
Man 5: It’s hard to say yes to the truth especially because if you’re the one creating the problem and the problem has been going on for 15 years, you might not think that… even if it’s incorrect, you might not think it’s incorrect.
Lady 3: People don’t want to think outside the box.
Lori Harfenist: Why not?
Lady 3: Just because of this crowf mentality. You know, you just got to do what everybody else is doing.
Man 6: The mentality today has, you know, destroyed the initiative of each person and I think that’s the reason why.
Lori Harfenist: Do you think that’s going to change now that the economy is so tough?
Man 6: Yeah. I think we’re going back to basic values, definitely.
Lori Harfenist: So there might be some good that comes out of where we are right now?
Man 6: Yes.
Man 4: They don’t want their life shaken up.
Lori Harfenist: So status quo is best even if it means things aren’t going so well?
Man 4: Well, there are a lot of people who feel like things are going well for them and they don’t want things to change, and the people who don’t think that things are going well, they want change, but they don’t know what kind of change they need.
Lori Harfenist: So do you think that’s going to change now that so many people are being affected by the global economy?
Man 4: I think that everything is going to change.
Lori Harfenist: The bottom line is the economic practices of the past decade have not worked. So it might be time to start considering new ideas, and who knows, maybe ideas that have seemed radical are maybe more rational than we thought.