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.


  • You shouldn’t be voting if you can’t even tell the difference between a man and a woman.

  • What’s Gary Johnson’s faith? Is he an Atheist? Yes.

    I don’t vote for Atheists. I personally don’t want somebody that thinks he’s surrounded by soulless monkeys to take part in any serious decision making. People end up getting carbon taxed and paying for free inner city abortion clinics.

    Why would an Atheist like Gary give a damn… He probably thinks he’s saving the herd.

  • Because he doesn’t make a stand against anything in that agenda. Where is he on the modern eugenic agenda; pro-choice. Where is he on keynesian economics; wants the fed controlling fiat money. Where is he on homogenizing the sexes; pro gay marriage.

    He hires CFR members to run his campaigns, and the CFR is pro globalism. They’re all for it, as well as carbon taxes and every other crime against humanity and nation state that crooks can come up with. He WANTS people like that around him.

  • How is he a ‘globalist’?

  • You just reinforced to me that Gary Johnson is a globalist puppet.

  • You didn’t say anything about sound money, the modern eugenics movement.

    Nothing you just mentioned is off agenda for global government.

  • Submitting a balanced budget, throwing out the entire tax system and replacing it with a fair tax (21% consumption tax), vetoing any legislation where expenses exceed revenue, bringing a vast number of the troops home, protecting civil liberties, supporting gay marriage and pot legalization.
    Yeah, he sure seems like another puppet.

  • Only a losing moron would celebrate the election of a murdering, lying, flip-flopping, hypocritical, elitist sellout.

    You’re actually praising this? Boasting it even?

    You think that’s something to be proud of?

    Winner my ass. All that tells the world is that you too are a lying hypocritical sell out who endorses the murders and thievery against millions around the world.

    Such an “epic win” there.

    Both a liar AND someone who cowardly stands with the “winner” even at the cost of morality.

  • This old cunt needs to endorse Gary Johnson so the moronic people who say they’re gonna write his name in vote GJ instead.

  • 3 puppets aren’t any better than 2, especially when the 3rd is claiming to be a Libertarian leader.

    Gary Johnson better start telling people some real truth showing he understands what’s happening, or I’ll be tearing down his BS house brick by brick.

  • I’m sorry, I didn’t realise the alternates (aka Obamney) were any better?
    As much as it pains me, write-ins can not be president, it’s time for you to join us supporting Johnson. He isn’t perfect but he’s sure as shit better than the other 2 and you know that.

  • Gary Johnson sounds like a fiat money loving stooge to me, and he hires CFR members to run his campaigns. The only truth you’ll ever get out of Johnson will be drawn out by the base he needs to pander to.

  • Vote Gary Johnson bro

  • You can, but come on…. I think Johnson is now the way to go.

  • Bob Carr

    The financial situation of the U.S. is in crisis because there is no backing for the dollar. What if the dollar was backed by grain or other commodities? Aren’t we still the best producer in the world? We would never have to pay farmers NOT to produce! As a world provider of agricultural commodities we would always be able exchange dollars (of our national debt) by exporting once again. As fuel oil escalates so could grain prices in proportion after all, nobody eats gold, silver, or barrels of oil!

  • LIBERTY!!!

  • Unfortunately he will not get to be president. Vote Gary Johnson, he is the next best choice. I was going to vote for Ron Paul, he was my first choice but he will not count. Even Johnson said if he thought Paul could win he would not have ran for president but supported Ron Paul to help him get there. If you like Ron Paul and his plans, vote Gary Johnson.

  • robertallanii

    Who are you going to vote for?

  • You can write in Ron Paul

  • You can still write in Ron Paul in many states