Ron Paul: Democracy ≠ Freedom




by Ron Paul

As we enter the fall political season, we will hear a great deal of rhetoric from both major political parties and their many candidates for office. It’s important for us to remember, however, that words can be made meaningless by misuse or overuse. And when we as citizens allow politicians to obscure the truth by distorting words, we diminish ourselves and our nation.

For example, we’ve all heard politicians use the words “democracy” and “freedom” countless times. They are used interchangeably in modern political discourse, yet their true meanings are very different. They have become what George Orwell termed “meaningless words”. Words like “freedom,” “democracy,” and “justice,” Orwell explained, have been abused for so l?ong that their original meanings have been eviscerated. In Orwell’s view, such words were “often used in a consciously dishonest way.”

Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language. As just one example, Americans have been conditioned to accept the word “democracy” as a synonym for freedom. Thus we are conditioned to believe that democracy is always and everywhere benevolent.

The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with freedom. While our Constitution certainly features certain democratic mechanisms, it also features inherently undemocratic mechanisms like the First Amendment and the Electoral College. American is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. Yet we’ve been bombarded with the meaningless word “democracy” for so long that few Americans understand the difference.

If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom or liberty–regardless of the issue being discussed– ask yourself whether he is advocating more government force or less.

The words “liberal” and “conservative” have also been abused. “Liberalism,” which once stood for civil, political, and economic liberties, has become a synonym for omnipotent coercive government. Liberalism has been redefined to mean liberation from material wants, always via a large and benevolent government that exists to create equality on earth.

“Conservatism,” meanwhile, once meant respect for tradition and distrust of active government. But in recent decades conservatism has been redefined as support for big-government grandiosity via military adventurism, corporatism, and inflationary monetary policy. The modern political right has redefined conservatism into support for an all-powerful central state, provided that the state furthers supposedly conservative goals.

Orwell certainly was right about the use of meaningless words in politics. Our task, therefore, is to reclaim our language and reclaim our liberties. If we hope to remain free, we must cut through the fog and attach concrete meanings to the words politicians use to deceive us.

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133 Comments:

  1. soo wrong. How in the hell is Ron Paul racsist, im scared of what is gonna come as a reply…

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  2. Lastly, If you really want to minimize racism and fascism (national socialsm), then you will have to talk to and calmly discuss these topics with people that prefer such politics and ways of life.
    The most effective way to make racism and “Germany Erwache”-like fascism blow up in our face, is to exclusively make fun of or ridicule conspiracy charges and alternative ideologies.
    Ridicule and force are weapons of the bully and will only attract new rabid supporters.
    It happened with RP as well.

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  3. More on topic;
    The civil war, respectable historians are starting to agree, could have been avoided. Slavery was just a catalyst.

    The civil war stood between a rather “small” percentage of Americans in favor of either Federalism and States Rights (as declared by the constitution) or a more Centralised Form of Nation, as prefered by some of the well represented Monarchist and Christian Groups.

    Slavery was a pretence. Just like when the Republicans call for “Freedom of Religion”.

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  4. It is not that simple. I don’t support the usual “revisionist” history, since it is only a way of promoting distorted facts in order to justify for example national socialism.

    And I don’t “support” him now, since he won’t run anymore.
    Nevertheless. I’m as sure as one can be that he is not a racist. There is certainly no evidence AT ALL of his supposed racist ideas.

    I’m not an American or Brit, as you noticed. I come from a multi “race” and “multicultural” family in Sweden.

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  5. It is not that simple. I don’t support the usual “revisionist” history, since it is only a way of promoting distorted facts in order to justify for example national socialism.

    And I don’t “support” him now, since he won’t run anymore.
    Nevertheless. I’m as sure as one can be that he is not a racist. There is certainly no evidence AT ALL of his supposed racist ideas.

    I’m not an American or Brit, as you noticed. I come from a multi “race” and “multicultural” family in Sweden.

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  6. You may not be racist, but you are supporting one. It is just like Hitlers Germany Im sure most of the ppl werent Nazis but in the end they supported him and most turned a blind eye to what he did. Im sure you and those like you who ignore truth when it suits you will do much the same.

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  7. whoops, i really hate when this happens. sound MONEY, my bad..

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  8. what utter bullshit. Its not because of his message of liberty? His message of peace? His message of sound party? no its just were a bunch of racists. Get fucking real

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  9. Unfortunately your English comes across abit disjointed, so I will make my point clear.
    The civil war was fought over slavery and even the America’s war of indepence was fought partly over slavery.
    If you support Ron Paul, know that you are supporting a racist
    Plain and simple.

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  10. Unfortunately your English comes across abit disjointed, so I will make my point clear.
    The civil war was fought over slavery and even the America’s war of indepence was fought partly over slavery.
    If you support Ron Paul, know that you are supporting a racist
    Plain and simple.

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  11. *Logical Repercussions After the 2012 Presidential Selection*

    (listed by the most likely outcome — note: ‘Selection’ since no longer can our votes be termed ‘Election’)
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    1) The BO wins — and further tries to plunge our Nation under its Socialist Programs aimed to completely destroy our Economy and Liberties. However, most of its teeth have been pulled by the Republicon wins in 2010, and some more of the same in 2012 — so, it is nearly toothless, if it wins the Selection.

    [[Remotely possible worst case scenario — it, the BO, declares Marshall Law in the near future (under some pre-planned “catastrophe” already home-cooked by it, and its sycophantic staff), thus trying to emerge as the “Benevolent” Dictator of USA to “save US all”.]]
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    2) The Rmoney wins — this creature has stated it will support whatever its Money Donors tell it to do! Expect the International Jewish owned Central Banks and Federal Reserve to instruct IT to attack Iran IMMEDIATELY (in order to protect Israel…from a possible, in maybe 10 years, manufacturing a single crude “atomic” bomb).

    [[Viable worst case scenario — a Rmoney win, along with the expected Republicon wins in Congress and Senate, will give the Mitt a sure boost to attack not only Iran, but Syria, and any other nation IT, the Mitt, wants, to please its Masters that Selected this creature!]]
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    So, for ALL of you that think voting for the Lesser of Two Evils is OK — make sure you figure out which one is “LESS EVIL”!

    JUST VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE — and do not reward these creatures by acknowledging their existence!

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  12. Hes the one who made democracy (bush)

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  13. Hes the one who made democracy (bush)

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  14. Hes the one who made democracy (bush)

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  15. I hope that what I just wrote makes any sense to you, since my writing English/American English is a bit rusty.

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  16. It is still very unfortunate that the endorsements coming from white supremacists, are instead perceived as if it was in fact Ron Paul, his supporters or libertarians in general who had been expressing support for the white supremacists.

    Racists mostly support libertarian candidates because of the property rights and legal right to “discriminate” (in other words the right to choose who you want to associate with). These DO NOT however in any way give a racist the right to use force or threats.

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  17. The “civil war” was not fought merely over slavery, and since slavery had been perfectly legal legal, the south *was* in part right. They did have the (legal) right to own slaves AND the (legal) right to leave the Union.

    Slavery had been made part of the constitution, since it was already a widespread economic phenomenon throughout America and the constitution might not have been widely accepted if it hadn’t included it.

    There is also the (long shot) argument that war could have been avoided.

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  18. He continues to address all groups, since we as libertarians are individualists and believe that what is most important is the education and rights of the individual, not simply the collective ideas held by the group. Racism is an illogical (and unscientific) collectivist idea.

    A few lines in those newsletters were actually not racist, but caused confusion about what Paul was actually criticizing (not race) and the rest of them where not even written by Paul. Unfortunately he did publish them.

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  19. I’ve noticed that Ron Paul supporters used the Marxist tactic of “Critical theory” to avoid thinking. Perhaps the Frankfurt School has infected their movement

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  20. I’ve noticed that Ron Paul supporters used the Marxist tactic of “Critical theory” to avoid thinking. Perhaps the Frankfurt School has infected their movement

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