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.

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242 Comments:

  1. LOL Rand Paul, the same Rand Paul that endorsed Mitt Romney? LOL

    I guess you can't convince the mentally ill when its time to give up 😉

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  2. Truth is, is that Ron Paul followers have already won. "The power that the government took from the people will return to people".

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  3. Justin Amash, Rand Paul, Kerry Bentivolio are all in Congress. We now have postions of power in the Republican party in many states. We are winning hundreds of local and statewide elections.

    The president is not king. Power is in the people. We are the people, and we will continue to grow and win more and more elections. We've predicted everything. We have the answers. We will continue to do so. We will not stop. Liberty brings people together.

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  4. I think you lost. Because Ron Paul followers will never give up. So how can you win?

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  5. I sometimes wonder what its like to lose... but I'll never know because my side always wins. :)

    It doesn't matter what you paulnuts say, I won, you lost, that's the fact of reality here. :)

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  6. No no your good, sarcasm is just something that is hard to spot.

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  7. Yes I understand. I was just further adding to the insult, I guess I am not a good comedian.

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  8. Come on, you do realize i am just trolling ju88ff right? People in this age can't honestly believe something that absurd can they?

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  9. Why would I do that? If he truly enjoys that, then why help give it to him when he is a pathetic hater. He doesn't deserve it.

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  10. Would you like to donate to help ju88ff with his krukolibidinous (urge to look at one's penis).
    He just can't seem to keep from staring at Ron's pants.

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  11. No problem. Spread the word!

    Liberty and freedom will win.

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  12. You are the third person to tell me this. I will have no choice but to delete my message to stop receiving any more messages.

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  13. No don't look away. Let's help this poor person who can't overcome his obsession with Ron Paul's penis.

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  14. Look away people! Just another brainwashed puppet talking!

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  15. Yeah a quick Google of ju88ff is pretty revealing.

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  16. we are... it's just we have been robbed, if you can call it that anymore. after all it's kind of hard to say we have been robbed when we made it there job to rob us, and we let them.

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  17. Thank you for the reply. If you are right I will do so.

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  18. "Every generation needs a new revolution."
    Thomas Jefferson

    Deal with it sheepy trolls.

    Freedom will prevail.

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  19. No thanks.

    Good by sheep.

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  20. No need to be a philisophunculist and there is no legitimate proof that Ron Paul is racist. So
    please get out, you smell of jumentous.

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