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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  1. Agree.

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  2. is ron paul still a presidential candidate?? can't find any evidence of him still in the race

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  3. My fellow citizens,

    We accomplished a great victory during the course of this campaign by entering the very strongholds of the enemy and rattling our sabers. To imagine anything closely resembling a defeat of any kind can only be becaue you believed those so heavily invested in collectivity would acknowledge the liberty movement.

    If you did, this was your mistake. The television will not give you permission to think differently than it has decided. You cannot wait on armchair political quarterbacks to justify your beliefs as they are going to go with the "winner" that they have been instructed to go with. What is important to remember is that the only reason "we" have to even consider the voices of these pathetic excuses of Americans is becausee the vast majority of our population has been disengaged from the political process.

    This is our fault. We allowed them through generations of attrition to destroy our self sufficiency. It was a great deception started long ago that I believe, with this campaign, was revealed for the lie that it is.

    Please remember that it was a very small number of people that "decided" to throw liberty under the bus. We are many, they are few. Do not fear the televisions warnings....

    (W)rite(R)on(P)aul(I)n
    Remember in November

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  4. smart
    wise
    n speaks up

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  5. Gary Johnson 2012!!!
    If Dr Paul was on the ballot I'd vote him in a second.

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  6. LOVE IT!!! DO WORK!

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  7. Checkout Gary Johnson, he's almost like Ron Paul, and he's on the ballot (Libertarian Party candidate). Ron Paul is not on the ballot, you can write him in, but only a few states accept write in votes. Unless, Ron Paul runs as an independent, the best alternative is Gary Johnson. A vote for him is pretty much a vote for Ron Paul.

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  8. I live in Houston Texas, but I have not one seen anything about Ron Paul on the tv or anywhere. I'm BERELY even hearing about him. I thought it was only Obama and Romney that you could vote for. I haven't voted yet but after seeing all this stuff on Ron Paul I would gladly vote for him. Is he even running for election or is his name on the ballet to vote for?

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  9. I have a very series question!?!?!?

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  10. Ron Paul you are my President! Im fallow you :-)

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  11. biggest tragedy in American history is this man not becoming president

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  12. Juff88 is a shitting us scumbag, that being sold out his own self as is nothing as stupidy for the human trash. Just ignore him

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  13. My ballot went in the mail with Congressman, Dr. Ron Paul written in TODAY

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  14. That makes absolutely no sense. "Hey guys, the status quo is bad! But don't vote against it, or else you'll help magically strengthen it! Herp derp!"

    Fractures are just the beginning. If you actually read the comments, you can see that people are voting for libertarians to major political parties, not just for Gary Johnson. Those fractures will spread. Don't believe it won't. I suggest you actually suggest something helpful, not just embarrass yourself.

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  15. Sane man in an asylum.

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  16. So i guess you're saying that we might as well let them lead us to the slaughterhouse and don't fight right?

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  17. The Revolution will not be televised.

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  18. People who vote for Gary Johnson are just as stupid and brain-dead as the morons who voted for Ross Perot. You either make a massive change from inside the system or outside. Minor changes only fracture and allow the status quo to continue.

    Why? Since you're too fucking stupid to understand the Status Quo is both bad and the majority, any fragmentation of power (your vote) is consolidating power in the majority.

    In short, you Ronulan dipshits don't know a fucking thing about the real world.

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    • RebelForceCommand

      So we consolidate the political infrastructure by doing nothing? It sounds to me that you say because we cannot build a ship we better not rock the boat we are in eh?

      But you are mistaken, we are the sea.

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  19. Yes we are very pathetic. What else are we?

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  20. LMAO you people have no position to enforce authority. You people are so pathetic, just wasting good breathing oxygen.

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