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  •  the more I research libertarianism (1+ / 0-)
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    the more convinced I am that people just don't understand it.

    There are many flavors and Ron Paul is definitely not an anarchist as the table above depicts. He is a minarchist. That is, the government does have a role. Namely in the protection of life, liberty and property and nothing else.

    Also, even in the early stages of my research I understood the difference between "isolationism" and "non-interventionism." Why do otherwise intelligent people refuse to acknowledge the difference?


    •  why do some intelligent people refuse to change (1+ / 0-)
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      their underwear or quit cigarettes? some of life's mysteries!

      Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

      by memofromturner on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:07:43 PM PST

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    •  You're right, Ron Paul isn't an anarchist (0+ / 0-)

      Anarchism, by definition, isn't anything Ron Paul supports.

      That's because anarchists don't support private ownership of the means of production, and they are anti-capitalists.

      They advocate direct democracy, with participatory communities giving each person a voice in self management of the community. The smallest "governing" body in anarchist society is the participatory community, which holds regular general assemblies in which all citizens are welcome to gather and express their concerns, goals, and plans for the community. The assembly would come to consensus and/or vote, to effect self-management.

      The participatory communities would combine together in local and regional federations, and the federations would in turn combine to form national and international confederations. Delegates are sent to the federations who are immediately recallable and are mandated to enact the goals and decisions of the general assemblies who elected them.

      Thus, such a society is in effect without a central leader or centralized authority, since it all comes from the bottom up.

      This is called Anarchism. Specifically, it is social anarchism. Ron Paul is not an anarchist. This term is misunderstood and usually misused by uninformed individuals.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 04:44:17 PM PST

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