Ron Paul: America on the Road to Serfdom





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John Stossel: Serf, anyway, well in medieval times the serfs were peasants who worked the land but could never own their land or really prosper because most everything they produced was essentially confiscated by their controllers, the Aristocracy and that is what’s happening today. So as presidential candidate Ron Paul except today’s Aristocracy is the government and the political class and as it grows, it turns us into serfs, so really Congressman, serfs?

Ron Paul: I think so, I think we give more to the government now than the serfs had to give to their government. But it’s more deceitful now because people still think they own their land and they own their life but they have to work hard and turn most of it over to the government. So no, I think he was on to something, matter of fact the road to serfdom was probably the first serious economic book that I read, he was the one that got me interested and I felt very fortunate that on one visit he had in the early 1980s to Washington DC, I was fortunate enough to have dinner with him, so I feel an attachment to him intellectually. He was absolutely right on the road to serfdom, so we’re in serious trouble and if we don’t take good advice from economists like Hayek, things are going to get a lot worse, the serfdom that we are suffering from is going to get much worse and there’s going to be a lot more people suffering the consequences.

John Stossel: And you talked about how maybe we give more to the government than even the serfs did, it makes me think of the Bible which says the Israelites wanted a King and they were told “you don’t want a King, he’ll take 10% of your grain” 10% would be good now, now we’re paying 40% state and local included.

Ron Paul: Yes and that was in 1st Samuel in Chapter 8 and he talked about taxation and dependency and taking young people and young men and women and using for the benefit of the king and fighting unnecessary wars, so I think even Samuel knew something about the road to serfdom as well.

John Stossel: I think most Americans would say “we’re not serfs and we want to take care of people, we’re a rich country, we can afford to help people.”

Ron Paul: And for a long time we were, we had so much wealth was produced by the freedoms that we did have, then we lived off what we had saved and we lived off our image, now we live off our military power which conveys strength, but we also live off the fact that there’s still a lot of trust is us and hope for us and they still allow us to print money endlessly. But common sense tells us that you cannot prevail by believing this myth that you can create wealth out of thin air that spending is good and debt is beneficial.

John Stossel: You’re personally finding some of the spending, you just returned $141,000 in unspent office funds to the treasury toward paying down the debt, it’s a step in the right direction. Why don’t other politicians do that? Have any others done that?

Ron Paul: I would think so but I don’t know exactly of money talks in Washington and we pretend that we are going to take care of people, it’s all based on good intentions, that we’re rich enough, we can take care of everybody but most people don’t realize if really care and if you’re really compassionate, you’ll defend the cause of liberty because it is liberty and free markets and sound money and property rights creates the wealth, then we’d all be better off if we endorse those views.

John Stossel: Thank you Dr. Ron.



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173 Comments:

  1. kellyjplante71

    ron paul makes me feel good about humanity

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  2. 1nf1n1tyW1th1n

    OMG, is that freddie mercury???? :D

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  3. Give us Ron Paul in HD!

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  4. I have been using that term to describe us for awhile now . Yes, the poor are the suckers going to these fake , created wars , dying for nothing in the name of patriotism so we can empire build in the Middle East while our once great nation crumbles.
    Those on Welfare or other entitlement programs are the smart ones - check in the mail,sleep til noon, EBT card( free food) fuel assistance, free cells, clothing vouchers,free education while 40% of may pay takes care of them .Disgusting system.

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  5. StanwoodSpartans

    If you really want to give a big middle finger to the govt and want to take a little risk.

    Grow marijuana on govt land.

    haha

    Making money on your land bitch.

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  6. 2skullscrushing

    examine the structure in the time pre magna carta, people were begging to get the chance to be a serf. because your lord would feed, house, & clothe you. being a peasant,(equivalent to being poor these days), a serf was like middle class, but you still were a slave. Jesus christ explains, God gave you everything to take care of yourselves. kings are middle men as our governments, they dilute your knowledge with controlled education. its nothing knew. know history & know your enemy=empowerment.

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  7. Any time you have voting districts that will re-elect known criminals like Rangel, Waters, Frank etc. you have to have term limits to weed them out of the system...

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    • Add to that list Tom Delay,Newt Gingrich and deviants Larry Craig and Mark Foley. How do these corporate whores and deviants get elected? There must be a lot of stupid voters or loads of those "mystery ballots" discovered on personal computers belonging to county clerks.

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  8. Ron Paul FTW!!

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  9. America definitely needs a Dr. in 2012! ;)

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  10. SO much common sense its scary, Ron Paul 2012

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  11. On 311 the World woke up and decided NO NUKES and NO FLUKES. We ask for the END OF THE NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE ON EARTH. We DEMAND THE END OF TOXIC POWER SYSTEMS ON EARTH. Let us BAN HYDRO FRACKING IN AMERICA as this POISONS MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER Let us DEMAND THE END OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL CORPORATE COMPLEX NOW. Let us DEMAND THE END OF ENDLESS WARS ON HUMANKIND

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    • Teddy Roosevelt

      You do realize right that nuclear power would be the best way for us to become energy independent from the rest of the world right? The reason we are in the middle east is for oil to power our economy. Nuclear power->less dependence on oil->smaller presence in the middle east->more money/troops coming back home

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  12. Being a serf wouldn't be that bad of a trade in exchange for the human farming system that is in place currently.

    The reason that people think they are free is that the govt. has convinced the people that they are the government. The one thing I always stress to people is: "You are not the government!"

    The Founders set up a kind of Protectorate that codified natural rights and common law. Man largely ruled himself. If we as humans can't rule ourselves then how can other humans rule us?

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  13. Thank you Ron Paul. People are waking up,,,slow, but sure I feel.

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  14. Looking and sounding good Ron! - It is most interesting to here a comment by you on the direction we or on as a country. I have seen this in my daily life as I was laid off 6 months ago, got a job, was injured on the job, denied workmans comp as work "was not work related", then fired a few days after the denial. Now I am out of work, again AND injured (both wrists and my lower back). Meanwhile the owner of the company owns a mansion in Mexico and multiple businesses from tax breaks, accounting.

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  15. Yeah, the surfs gave less 10% to 20% to their lord, unless they were really rich surfs, in which case they would give up to 35%

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  16. see the video ( GM Handicap kids ) you evil pricks

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  17. We're already in Serfdom, Ron Paul. Remember when you were asked about 12 Stat 319 that makes all this possible? If one of your cohorts reads this... please ask Mr. Paul about that statute made possible during Lincoln's time and never repealed. Ask him about the Lieber Code also. Ron Paul, you know every bit of what is going on after having served 20 yrs in Deceit Central.

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  18. Please.. let me kikck his ass... and give his mustage a do ower...

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  19. Who is this asshole with the mustage??? a genuine homosexual... what a joke.... i want to kick his ass... and fuck him over... remember he gave Alex Jones the finger... like a asshole.. Stupid asshole...

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  20. down with debt slavery, up with the Liberty rEVOLution! Ron Paul, 2012!!

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