Saturday Book Review: Liberty Defined by Ron Paul: The Introduction

by wisdomhunt

If I can stomach it, I intend to review Liberty Defined chapter-by-chapter so that you never have to.

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, which I suppose applies even if the name Ron Paul is printed on it.

Fine, but there are times (now) when you can tell all you need to know about a book based on the dedication alone.

This book is dedicated to the great intellectuals of freedom who taught and inspired me and so many others:
Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Leonard E. Read, Murray N. Rothbard, and Hans F. Sennholz

With teachers like this, you immediately understand where most of Ron Paul’s kooky ideas come from. This miseducation is apparent before even finishing the introduction.

You see, Ron Paul and his kook ilk see all issues as black and white. Either you believe in government or you do not:

The choice we now face: further steps towards authoritarianism or a renewed effort in promoting the cause of liberty.

But there is a third way. It is the way that we have been practicing since at least the early twentieth century (and really much earlier). It is the sensible (and inevitable) expansion of government control which “helps” us in all aspects of our lives. It is expansion and intertwining of the government and private enterprise via regulation, partnerships and favored industries. It is imposition of government powers and the bestowing of benefits upon these industries that government prefers.

This third way has led to amazing wealth for the fortunate few that wield and influence power, yet Ron Paul wants to take away the trough while similarly also allowing us to practice free will in all aspects of our lives.

We will see how he intends to do so in the coming chapters, but any child knows that we cannot make rational choices on our own without supervision.

The crisis demands an intellectual revolution.

Somehow I doubt that I will be convinced to agree.