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07

31 Seconds With Internet Phenomenon Ron Paul

The Two Ronnies
Presidential candidate Ron Paul looks good – for about thirty seconds.

He wins 1000 points for yelling about the problems of the Federal Reserve, fiat currency and fractional-reserve banking.

Then, he loses several million points for being a hardcore no-government libertarian boob whose prescription for an over-privatized country is more privatization. In the face of crumbling national physical infrastructure and disappearing national cognitive infrastructure, Paul thinks the Class of ’29 had the right idea. Great.

This position is nicely portrayed this way: a burglary ring is working over a neighborhood, systemically breaking and entering, grabbing what they can and running off to fence the goods. Ron Paul’s prescription: fire all the cops and march over to the fence, where the stolen goods are sold and demand they open the books.

Boob.

Ron Paul wins 10,000 points for seeking to end the illegal foreign wars.

Then he loses several million more points for not noticing that these wars ARE privatization projects in and of themselves. They are not aberrations, they are systemic of and essential to the overriding, seldom-interrupted project to privatize all public funds. Since he will not move to re-establish, endorse or protect a commons against the economic (local) and physical (overseas) terror of the unfettered Chicago-school free market, he is, ideologically speaking, a friend to all waterboarders.

A dangerous boob.

A candidate who seeks to limit reproductive freedom is bad enough, but a candidate who seeks to limit reproductive freedom while at the same time favoring the gutting of public education is…a dangerous, moralizing boob positioned at the nation’s birth canal, eagerly waving in generation after generation of complete fucking idiots. In libertarian circles, this is called “enlarging the base.”

I’ll not be voting for a neoliberal Reaganite suckass whose lame, transparently pandering notions of “getting government off our backs” is exactly as disingenuous, anti-democratic and insidious as every other wildly successful public-relations lie told since Freud’s nephew invented the industry in 1915.

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4 Responses to “31 Seconds With Internet Phenomenon Ron Paul”


  1. 1 GDD
    November 6, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    I am happy to see your way with the words continued unabated. I miss you plenty.

    Paul has a hugely supportive base amongst the PNW liberal sector which just goes to show you what a bunch of kneejerk fucktards they are in general.

  2. November 10, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Personally, I’m all for “privatization” — of my life. I don’t want my earnings to be in the “public domain”, I want them to be “privatized”. Yep, it’s true, I want to spend the money I’ve worked hard to earn on the things which are important to me. And I want that money to be valuable … and to retain it’s value over time. Gee, I must be a horrible person, to want to “privatize” the fruits of my labors.

    As for the wars being “privatization” projects, that is impossible. Do corporations benefit from the wars? Of course they do. But there are very few willing customers … the only type of customer from which a company can collect revenues. The money has to be taken at gunpoint and used to pay the “private” firms to bomb and maim and kill. If you stop taking the money at gunpoint from the people who earned it, these “private” companies will have no way to make money, and will cease to exist.

    The bottom line is that there is no such thing as “public funds” — there is only the wealth which we create, privately, because we want to consume it. To pretend that we are trying to “steal” our own earnings back from the government is a particularly fragrant puff of rhetorical flatulence.

  3. November 10, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Rich:

    Thanks for your comment. Given your hardcore no-government libertarian message, I presume your reply came to me by way of some kind of free-market internet – one that was developed and built not with one dime of taxes but rather the sweat of your labor.

    Whoops.

    Okay, well, who needs the internet, anyway? A self-reliant every-man-is-an-island type such as yourself could surely write down your message and send it along in a letter. Via FedEx of course – you can’t use a postal system paid for “at gunpoint”.

    Whoops again – the FedEx truck can’t come to you, can it? What free-market roads will it use?

    Looks like you’re going to have to build a road to your house, Rich.

    Oh, and I guess you’ll need to limit your work hours on that project to the daytime so you don’t use any street lighting.

    I know it’s a lot of work, but I look forward to hearing from you in the future. When you’re done.

  4. 4 goatchowder
    November 10, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Oh man. The Paulie’s are gonna get ya! They’re all over the internets… prepare for an onslaught.

    But I think you’ve got it right. Paul’s ideas sound refreshingly provocative– because they’re so howlingly facile.

    The biggest threat to our freedom is not government in general, it is a government controlled by private corporations and the very rich. Abolishing the government is exactly the wrong thing to do. What we need to do is to take our government back from the corporations and special interests.

    Give me Howard Dean– or Dennis Kucinich– any day over Ron Paul.


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