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=MrAgentGreeny MrAgentGreeny

    Oh yeah and they should attack him as a creationist…. creationism is stupid.
    Dr Paul isn’t stupid, but creationism is.

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

    Well you haven’t mentioned the globalist shit so clearly you’ve realised you were being retarded when you said that.
    As far as gay marriage goes I do agree with RP’s concept that you shouldn’t need to government’s permission to get married. Unlike you I have no problem with gay people, if you think you’re such a good Christian why don’t you treat gay people the way you want to be treated??

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

    Gary Johnson is on a live debate now!

    OraTVnetwork Youtube channel live stream now!

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

    Gary Johnson is on a live debate now!

    OraTVnetwork Youtube channel live stream now!

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  • RC

    I am sorry, but the reality is – in today’s world – the Ron Paul supporters are definitely not going to convert the majority of American citizens to their way of governing, never. It just ain’t going to happen. It isn’t that I disagree with everything you stand for, but, I strongly disagree and disapprove of your path, the avenue and the method of which you are trying to do to reach your goal. In other words, you turn off 98% of your fellow citizens with your extremism – even me.

    I am sorry, but this group reminds me of the Islamic extremists of our current day. Your way or the highway. THIS GROUP NEEDS A COURSE ON PUBLIC RELATIONS, in the very worst way.

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    • Joe “Big C0ck” Johnson

      SUCK MY FVCKING C0CK, YA WH0RISH PIECE OF SH!T.

      Sounds like you have a loose assh0le. Oh and a filty cvnt of a wife. WHERE THE FVCK YOU AT, YA TW@T B!TCH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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

    He supports freedom. Marriage is a personal matter, and has therefor NOTHING to do with government.

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

    Dear Ron. We are many around the world, who wish you had more to say in America.

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  • John

    Libertarian BILL STILL is the ONLY candidate who understands where money should come from.See http://www.still2012.com

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

    this is like world war 2 all over again where nazi’s killing jews
    THAT kinda tragedy and who do we blame? the people and the government for their ignorant and scared sissy like nature thinking this man is crazy because he IS change.
    Vote for Gary Johnson

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

    Very true.

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

    BTW Ron Paul doesn’t support gay marriage. He wants the government out of the marriage business. People attack him as a creationist. How do you think he feels about two men sleeping together? He sets that aside, and understands that government is force, and there’s no force required for two people to be married.

    There’s nothing I could do to stop two people from swearing an oath to each other and God. Gay men and women want a piece of paper and the entitlements that come with it.

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

    Foul mouthed Johnson sycophants like you are a perfect example of why I don’t support him.

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

    And I wouldn’t have been bored to sleep during the debate puppet show last night.

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

    Silly game? You’re the one playing silly games running your mouth, and you’re perfect example of why I don’t support Gary Johnson. He’s one big silly game that doesn’t share my politics.

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

    Explain which of those proposals suggests he is a globalist puppet.
    You clearly have your head so far up your own ass that you don’t even understand the words that you’re using. Dr Paul would be in support of all of those proposals.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GreenDayRulz4Life100 GreenDayRulz4Life100

    This man may go down as the greatest President America never had

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Razlo5000 Razlo5000

    A VOICE FOR MEN DOT COM

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=DavidF David F

    I am not going to play a silly game. You ever heard of webster’s dictionary. RESEARCH IT YOURSELF. This is your prolbme, you are RELYING on OTHERS to research for you. I’t NOT MY PLACE to do this research FOR YOU. Learn on your own and you will be better prepared. I’m not saying you should support him, but at LEAST you shouldn’t support him for the RIGHT reasons, and NOT reasons that don’t make sense. Like made up defintions.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheEdge012 TheEdge012

    1:00 to 1:03 …for now.

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

    ONLINE, RON PAUL IS PRESIDENT!

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