Saturday Book Review: Ron Paul Liberty Defined: Empire

by wisdomhunt

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

The majority of Americans, most likely, do not believe we are an empire. They believe we are a free people and enjoy the benefits of living in a democratic republic.

You can count me in that group, Ron. Sure we have over 900 military bases around the world and spend more on our military than the next 43 countries combined, but it isn’t as if we are just marching around the globe installing our rulers wherever we feel like it.

On the contrary, we are liberating countries from ruthless dictators, then helping countries set up elections so they too can become democratic republics like the United States. Sure, we have to decide which two or three candidates they can vote for so that they remain friendly with the United States. And sure, we may leave a military base or two in that country (forever), but that’s in the best interests of everyone.

So what is Ron Paul’s objection to this premise? Apparently, he seems to believe that our worldwide meddling and outright forceful liberation of these countries via brutal wars is resulting in more enemies than friends. His hypothesis (crackpot theory?) is that perhaps the citizens of these other countries don’t like being invaded, bombed, droned and occupied indefinitely by our military.

But let’s consider that for a second. If I was a poor farmer somewhere in the middle east minding my own business and the United States military invaded my lands with guns blazing, I would welcome them with open arms. Finally, I would be free of the ruler sitting in the capital that makes all sorts of decrees. Finally, I would have a NEW ruler sitting in the capital making all sorts of decrees (this time approved by the United States of America). Imagine how much better my life would be if I just had a different ruler in the capital that was friendly instead of antagonistic towards the United States.

And if I lose a child or a wife (or two – polygamists!) in the process to some drone bombings, well my life would still be much improved by having this new ruler in the capital making all sorts of decrees who is friendly to the United States. Isn’t this logic obvious?

Apparently not to Ron Paul.

Previous chapters reviewed:
The Introduction
Austrian Economics

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