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.


  • >Kill people
    Sorry, not people, foetuses.

  • French Canadian

    Do not miss this powerful interview done on October 22, 2012:

    Lew Rockwell: A Return to Totalitarianism

    And today on the show one of the guests will be: writer, activist, and founder of Black Box Voting Inc., Bev Harris, about voting fraud and fixed elections. Harris is the author of Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century.

    • robin

      Hi French Canadian. Got a chance to talk to Bev Harris last year for almost an hour. What an upbeat and committed woman she is for trying to keep elections transparent and honest. Sounds like she’s been helping so many people in their communities around the US. Wish we could clone her. A very down to earth person who said she is willing to help anyone anytime who just shows her some initiative that they will follow through. My sister=in-law today asked if I watched the debates, and my response, why would I waste my time because they are just like pro=wrestling=staged just for show and to keep the masses distracted and thinking there is any real difference and that our vote counts. She used to be a Obama supporter until we got her to vote for Ron Paul. Told her today why we are now voting for Gary Johnson and why, but I suspect she will vote for Obama. Talked to a young man with a family the other day and he is voting for Obama because he believes he is looking out for the little guy. Says he doesn’t get his info. from the MSM, but says he gets it from alternative sources. Likes Ron Paul and Gary Johnson but didn’t vote for them he said because they never had a chance of winning. Will ask if he ever listens to Alex Jones, Ben Swann, Lew Rockwell, etc. Just saw a post that read not all Libertarians support Ron Paul and Gary Johnson=some support Ralph Nadar.

      • French Canadian

        Hi Robin,

        Yes, I know you talked to Bev Harris last year for an hour… I remember you saying this on this site. This is why I wanted you to know that she is on the Alex Jones Show today. If you want, after midnight, I will post her interview on this site. Can’t do it before midnight… but after that time, every site on Internet as the permission to post the whole show for free.

        • robin

          Thank you. You have a good memory. I will listen to it when you post it. My son is finishing up his essay for the Voice of Democracy contest, so we’ll see what he has to say about the Constitution and it’s relevance today. He has his own ideas.

  • It has very much to do with the government, but should not be CONTROLLED by the government. He who shall not be named is AGAINST gay marriage, as he says that is just because of his own religion. He is taking religion into politics. Mr. Paul here however said once that he believes marriage rights between homosexuals and the like should be decided by the state.

  • “Your fears are now revealed”


    Anarchist, you have NOTHING to do with Libertarianism. You’re WORTHLESS in the defense of liberty because as you say: “no individual with real knowledge of liberty wants to impose values by force.”

    I value justice, and the use of force is just in the defense of liberty, otherwise it’s all for not. Libertarians support liberty because we want a society and government that serves JUSTICE, not injustice.

    Anarchists want a free market of profane overlords.

  • Gary Johnson supporter: “You christards pretend you love liberty until someone else does something you don’t agree with.”

    Like killing human beings? Ya sorry. That’s my pesky Libertarian way. Your rights don’t include the autonomous choice to kill people without facing justice. Do you even know what liberty is?

    Welcome to a civilized society that values human life, and thank your lucky stars for it, because if it wasn’t for “God and that moldy book”; you’d be in big trouble.

  • Christian individuals will not want this, but a few individuals, comprising a “lobby” and using the title of Christianity, may certainly attempt it. Enter the Internet Reformation. I think the majority still lack an understanding of liberty. Even our Founders did not have a perfect understanding of liberty, nor do any of us post-Rothbard, as we are still discovering, honing our knowledge. But rest assured, no Christian individual with real knowledge of liberty wants to impose values by force.

  • Heeeeere we go. It all comes out.
    You christards pretend you love liberty until someone else does something you don’t agree with. Then you think you have the right to throw choice and autonomy out the window all in the name of a god that doesn’t exist and a mouldy book that doesn’t even mention abortion.
    Grow up you spastic idiot.

  • Your fears are now revealed. You have recited a dominant theme touted by the propagandists, used to manipulate, but believe it or not Christians are not in any position to impose force upon you; the state is. There is no evil Christian waiting under your bed – just as there is no Jihadist in your closet, no Jew hiding in your refrigerator – waiting to force you into submission.

  • You’re just another Atheist who doesn’t give life value, and when you can’t defend the most basic principle of liberty, that somebody else has a right to live, that you can’t just kill them because you want to, you can’t pretend you’re defending liberty.

    You can’t call yourself a Republican for the same reason I can’t vote for Gary Johnson; he’s a phony who turns his back on the most basic principles of liberty. If he won’t defend life, then he won’t defend anything, and it’s clear he won’t.

  • “Take away state control and no Christian individual or group can exert any influence whatsoever over the way you live your life.”

    Sure they can. They’ll use unjust force, and it existed long before any state. The same thing that brings down governments is the same thing that brings down anarchy, it’s the same thing that sends men to war, and burns souls in hell; mans covetous nature.

    When you defend liberty with force, you’re serving justice, and you’ll only be free in a just society.

  • Ron Paul NOT Gary Johnson!

    Please read the fine print at fairtaxfraud . com

  • Exactly, but don’t pretend that Christians aren’t trying to limit people’s rights to abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage with the state as their mechanism. Taking away state control means allowing others to make decisions that you don’t agree with.
    Christians aren’t OK with that which is why we in the liberty movement aren’t Republicans.

  • Citizen

    Ten Scariest Words in the English Language…
    “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help you”

    “CISPA”, or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

    CISP is another tool in Big Government’s arsanel to restrict your freedoms and to control the message.
    “protection act” my ass.

    Its simple Censorship run by another group of government Bureau_Rats.

  • robin

    The latest movie Argo just came out. Another propaganda piece by Ben Affleck and George Clooney to make heroes out of the CIA and the Iran hostage crisis during the Carter Administration. Pure Hollywood fiction. Of course, it’s meant to show what evil people those Iranians are=including the women. Got to do something to justify what Obama is doing=after all it’s not his fault. This has been going on since they got rid of the Shah.

  • As I said, right or wrong, I’m simply telling you the impression others get.

    Christianity itself cannot control you; this is a false meme. Only the state can control you. Christians do not monopolize law, they do not monopolize justice, they have no legal right to steal or murder; only the state can do these things. Take away state control and no Christian individual or group (nor any other individual or group) can exert any influence whatsoever over the way you live your life.

  • Good job sharing!

  • Check out the 3rd Party Presidential Debate that took place 10/23/12! with Gary Johnson & Others hosted by Free & Equal. There is another debate next week!

  • Denigrating something doesn’t illustrate fear of it. I would gladly denigrate belief in bigfoot, it doesn’t mean I am afraid of bigfoot.
    Christianity certainly attempts to hold power over us all. They seek to limit women’s right to choose, they won’t allow gay marriage, the right to die, they try to force creationism to be taught in schools etc.

  • Denigrating something doesn’t illustrate fear of it. I would gladly denigrate belief in bigfoot, it doesn’t mean I believe in bigfoot.
    Christianity certainly attempts to hold power over us all. They seek to limit women’s right to choose, they won’t allow gay marriage, the right to die, they try to force creationism to be taught in schools etc.

  • FYI, denigrating something illustrates fear of it. If you wish to call creationism stupid, you certainly may – I judge not – but you should know that others will perceive fear in this act.

    Christianity holds no power over you. So fear of Christianity is not justified. Neither Ron Paul nor any other is threatened if you do not believe in creationism; see, we can coexist.

    But the state does hold power over you. The state can use force against you. Therefore, fear of the state is justified.