Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Demagogues

by wisdomhunt

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

Demagogues seek influence and political power by appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears, and expectations of the public. They do not enlighten; they browbeat and play rhetorical games.

I don’t know why Ron Paul has to resort to name-calling here. Call them demagogues if you must, but there are much better terms that have less negative connotations: leader, champion of a cause, lobbyist, advocate, Piers Morgan, etc.

Ron Paul is making the assumption here that educating the public about topics is somehow demagoguery. Education lessons such as all Muslims hate us for our freedoms, marijuana smoking will lead to you becoming a homeless junkie, only government should be entrusted to have guns…

How exactly is this a problem? How exactly is it any different than Ron Paul ranting and raving about the Federal Reserve? Just because he is trying to wrest control about from bureaucrats instead of give them more power?

Is it not more important to have rules and regulations to create a framework in which the free market can operate?

What liberal authoritarians don’t quite understand is that if government has the power to control business establishments and all their decisions, they have justified the intrusion of government in every social aspect of our lives…

The true demagogue is Rand Paul with his drone filibuster, no?

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Austrian Economics

Business Cycle
Campaign Finance Reform
Capital Punishment
Central Intelligence Agency
Civil Disobedience