Ron Paul: The Internet Revolution Is a Liberty Revolution

by Ron Paul

Until the late 1990s, individuals interested in Austrian economics, U.S. constitutional history, and libertarian philosophy had few sources of information. They had to spend hours scouring used book stores or the back pages of obscure libertarian periodicals to find the great works of Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, and other giants of liberty. Local library and university collections ignored libertarian politics and economics.

Today, however, the greatest classics of libertarian thought, libertarian philosophy, and libertarian economics are available instantly to anyone with internet access. Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever before for liberty activists to spread news and other information regarding the evils of government power and the benefits of freedom. For the first time in human history, supporters of liberty around the world can share information across borders quickly and cheaply. Without the filter of government censors, this information emboldens millions to question governments and promote liberty.

This is why liberty-minded Americans must do everything possible to oppose– and stop– government attempts to censor or limit the free flow of information online.

One such attempt is known as “CISPA”, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. This bill will create a monstrous coalition of big business and big government to rob Americans of their protections under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.

CISPA permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight, provided they merely do so in the name of “cybersecurity.” But America is a constitutional republic, not a surveillance state– and the wildly overhyped need for security does not trump the Constitution.

“Cybersecurity” is the responsibility of companies that operate and make money in cyberspace, not taxpayers. Those companies should develop market-based private solutions to secure their networks, servers, cloud data centers, and user/customer information. The role of the US intelligence community is to protect the United States from military threats, not to provide corporate welfare to the private sector. Much like the TSA at the airport, CISPA would socialize security costs and remove market incentives for private firms to protect their own investments.

Imagine security-cleared agents embedded at private companies to serve as conduits for intelligence information about their customers back to the US intelligence community– while enjoying immunity from any existing civil or criminal laws. Imagine Google or Facebook reporting directly to the National Security Agency about the online activity of US citizens. Imagine US government resources being wasted on a grand scale to “assist” private companies in the global market. All of this would become reality under CISPA.

As of this writing, it appears that the House and Senate will not agree on a final version of CISPA this year. However, the Obama administration seems ready to impose provisions of this bill by executive order if Congress does not act soon.

The past five years have seen an explosion in the liberty movement, fueled in large part by the internet. Preserving that freedom is crucial if the liberty movement is to continue its progress. Therefore, all activists in the liberty movement have a stake in the battle for internet freedom. We must be ready to come together to fight any attempt to increase government’s power over the internet, regardless of the supposed justifications. We must resist voices from both the political right and left which alternatively seek to legislate morality or enforce political correctness with force. Copyright protection, pornography, cyberterrorism, gambling, and “hate speech” are merely excuses for doing what all governments have done throughout human history: increase their size, scope, and power.

Once we understand this, we understand the critical link between internet freedom and human freedom.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheCORE87 TheCORE87

    OR Gary Johnson, who actually has a chance to win..

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    GARY JOHNSON GOD DAMMNIT

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    I’m the best troll there ever was buddy. You better watch it, you might wake up one morning with a 10000 messages all made by me. “Count on Randy wiping your ass”.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SolidThugKnuckles SolidThugKnuckles

    Ignore him. He frequents every Ron Paul video on this channel trying to rile up people. He’s just a troll.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=1dabirdman 1dabirdman

    you are an ignorant liberal! did you type you’re hate filled racist rant from you’re free obamaphone?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Overfl00d Overfl00d

    Horrible troll.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=supersticky87 supersticky87

    Write in Ron Paul 2012!!!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    No, no apology needed. I purposely wanted to troll everyone and see what they would say.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DimitriEnerjak DimitriEnerjak

    While that is appreciated, given your single line first post, no I couldn’t tell. You came across very similar to ju88ff’s idiotic ramblings.

    That said, you’ve my apology for misinterpreting.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    You do realize i am being absolutely 1000% as sarcastic as i can be right? Please do not tell me you are so brain dead that you can’t notice it.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    VOTE ROMNEY!!! EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY IS A WARMONGERING CHICKENHAWK BITCH. EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY IS THE BIGGEST FLIP FLOP TO EVER RUN FOR PRESIDENT. EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY AND BAIN CAPITAL CAUSED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR JOBS. EVEN THOUGH ROMNEY SIGNED THE PATRIOT ACT AND NATIONAL DEFENSE ACT WHICH VIOLATES YOUR RIGHTS AND SAYS FUCK THE CONSTITUTION, FUCK THOMAS JEFFERSON AND ALL OUR FOUNDING FATHERS. OH AND IF YOU TRY TO FIGHT FOR YOUR FREEDOM THAN THAT MAKES YOU A TERRORIST LIKE OSAMA.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MarkRobert Mark Robert

    Ron Paul message resonates with people everywhere; we are hungry for his message of peace, individual freedom, personal responsibility and limited government.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Overfl00d Overfl00d

    I hope you’re trolling. Or are you really this stupid?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DimitriEnerjak DimitriEnerjak

    Ironically, all but the last sentence of your post is factual.

    “He’s racist! …but there’s not a shred of evidence!” …from his demeanor, to his preachings, to his nearly 40 consecutive years of fighting for equality, liberty, limited government, and the only foreign policy that will not destroy this nation entirely.

    You see… there are mountains of evidence to support the contrary (that he is not racist)… but we are to take your word without evidence that he is?

    Asinine and laughable.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    Yeah that’s right. I also heard it from Propaganda news channel aka Fox, they don’t lie at all, neither does our government. Hell they are so pure that they have never lied to us. They didn’t lie about 9/11 or vietnam even though there is tons of proof that says otherwise. OH and the national defense authorization act and patriot act is good not bad. So is all the fluoride and mercury in our water systems. Ron Paul is also more racist than Hitler even though there is not one shred of evidence.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=undacheese undacheese

    funny you say that seeing as how during his campaign and debates against the rest of the republican presidential candidates, hes was the only person who mentioned anything about the equality of race and gender………..you’re either a troll or a complete dumbass!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DimitriEnerjak DimitriEnerjak

    Your proof of this is? Oh, you mean papers that you never read and were proven from multiple publication sources as pladgerized?

    I encourage you to research in the future rather than listening to every word Fox News tells you with undying faith. I promise sir, it will make you look less like an inept child in the future.

    You see… unlike you, I did extensively research it, and had a chance to ask him directly on the issue on top of that.

    Come hither, liars. Your allies need reinforcements.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MySilverDestiny MySilverDestiny

    Can someone pls tell me why they say that junk silver is the cheapest way to accumulate silver, when it takes 6 quarters to make 1oz of silver? If you take the price of silver and divide it by 6, you will find the spot price of a quarter, i see in web sites that they go $3-$5 over spot, and what if you buy a $1000 worn out bag? the never sell you a bag by weight, but if they buy it back they weight it! Even a $100 junk bag if the coins are worn out,do you know how much of a big loss you have?

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=STAB1L STAB1L

    You are a fucking fascist.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheRealBubfield405 TheRealBubfield405

    Ron Paul is the most racist man since Hitler.

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