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. Freddie Mercury interviews Dr. Paul often

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  2. Its a petty that Americans think making a difference is writing their opinion under a youtube video. GET OUT AND GET HEARD!

    Ron Paul for President.

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  3. LOL, christian mythology aside, We have been paying as much as most propserous socialist countries in taxes since 1946. I wonder what happened in the mid late 40's that made us into financial slaves? If only someone knew!

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  4. oreocookieboy81

    when can we start to get rid of all the evil from this country

    we should deport them to their socialist paradise Europe where they can all live like serfs instead of here where the free people live we will continue to be the richest nation in the world (no thanks to the socialists who steal my money)

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  5. 3 people are Serfs in denial

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  6. Ron Paul is a great man. I hope he has the people behind him this time.
    This is a great video, it has two awesome Libertarians in it.

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  7. This man met one of the greats! Another win for Dr Paul!

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  8. When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.--Edith Hamilton
    Ron Paul is the only candidate that takes seriously his oath to the constitution. That alone earns my vote and
    excludes the others.

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  9. google Proposed United States Constitution Amendment to guarantee citizens' right...5th down and sign petition .. petition reads: No treaty made by the United States will have the authority to override any rights guaranteed to the citizens of the United States in the Bill of Rights.

    This amendment will override the authority granted to the federal government of the United States under Article VI Section II.

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  10. Ron Paul is the TRUTH!

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  11. Ron Paul for president 2012!!!

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  12. Hayek's "Road to Serdom" ROCKS!!!!

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    WWIII

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  14. WIKILEAKS: Al Qaeda to unleash 'nuclear hellstorm' if Osama killed...
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    WWIII

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  15. President Obama and Hillary Clinton pay blood money to Pakistan in adherence to Sharia law
    youtube. com/watch?v=c5nuwS1UZyk
    dailymail.co. uk/news/article-1366799/Raymond-Allen-Davis-Pakistan-riots-deal-US-pay-2-3m-free-CIA-agent.html

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  16. President Obama and Hillary Clinton pay blood money to Pakistan in adherence to Sharia law
    youtube. com/watch?v=c5nuwS1UZyk
    dailymail.co. uk/news/article-1366799/Raymond-Allen-Davis-Pakistan-riots-deal-US-pay-2-3m-free-CIA-agent.html

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  17. more like 80% when you work out sales tax, property tax, auto sales, etc.

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  18. 40% taxes? When you buy and sell you pay again snd again. Try more like 85%.

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  19. There are a lot of stupid/foolish serfs out there who are kept fat and happy by their masters.

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  20. As much as I LOVE Ron Paul the abuse that I have received on the MA roads because of my Ron Paul 2012 bumper sticker makes me think that we are a long way off from President Paul.

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