In less than two years, the freedom movement – under Ron Paul’s reluctant leadership – has made great progress in building a new popular consensus that freedom works and that socialism is a tyrannical, antiquated ideology that all Americans need to oppose.
At the same time, Ron Paul’s recent speeches have addressed the historical fact that peaceful revolutionaries don’t need to convince 51% of the population to determine a new course.
Instead, all it takes to set off the winds of real change in the 21st century is an energized, “irate”, responsible minority of 3% to 5% that claims ideological leadership and explains why Keynesianism has failed and what it can be replaced with.
This ideological fight, to quote Ron Paul, is “where we’re winning. That’s where we’re making progress more so than ever before.”
Event: Florida Liberty Summit with Ron Paul
Location: Orlando, FL
Date: August 7, 2009
Ron Paul: We as a group have an honest responsibility.
I’m always pleased with the crowds and the enthusiasm, but in some ways,
once you see what’s happening, once you get introduced to the ideas of liberty, understanding Austrian economics, understanding our history a little bit better, it can make you uncomfortable, and that’s probably good.
And people will follow up and and they start reading and thinking, but I see people like you, as being very, very special, different, because you are part of a remnant of people who hold things together.
The masses of people will never quite understand, but what you do and say and understand makes all the difference in the world.
But you have more responsibility than anybody, and this is not new, this is not something I brought up or invented, that’s the way it’s always been, responsibility always falls on a small number of people.
And Samuel Adams talked about that. He said, “It does not require a majority to prevail. You need an irate minority.”
A minority that is keen to set brush fires of freedom in the minds of men and then you’ll have a revolution.
And I like the idea that he said “minds of men”. […] I like this that he will start the brush fires in the minds of men so that you know and understand, because it is an ideological fight. This is not a political fight. Politics is secondary to the ideological fight.
And that’s where we’re winning. That’s where we’re making progress more so than ever before because Keynesianism failed and the American people are irate because they know it has failed.
They don’t quite understand what the alternative is and yet we need to fill that void and explain what is necessary.