Texas Republican Congressman, 1988 Libertarian Presidential candidate, 2008 Republican Presidential prospective candidate
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    Ronald Ernest Paul (born 20 August 1935) is an American author, physician and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1985, and for Texas's 14th congressional district from 1997 to 2013. On three occasions, he sought the presidency of the United States: as the Libertarian Party nominee in 1988 and as a candidate in the Republican primaries of 2008 and 2012. Paul is a critic of the federal government's fiscal policies, especially the existence of the Federal Reserve and the tax policy, as well as the military–industrial complex and the War on Drugs. He has also been a vocal critic of mass surveillance policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the NSA surveillance programs. He was the first chairman of the conservative PAC Citizens for a Sound Economy and has been characterized as the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.

    2004 Libertarian National Convention, Speaker


    Paul, Ron (1935-), by David Boaz, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical essay
    "Ron Paul is a member of Congress and was the 1988 U.S. Libertarian Party presidential nominee. For much of the period from 1976 onward, Paul, a physician from Texas, has been the only consistent libertarian in the U.S. Congress. He served briefly in 1976, from 1979 to 1985, and returned to Congress in 1996. He has always insisted that he never votes for anything that is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution, and he never votes for any bill that would increase taxes or government spending. He is an outspoken opponent of the Federal Reserve Bank, the United Nations, and most foreign wars."


    Ron Paul - The Advocates
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    Awards Received

    2002 Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, granted by Center for Independent Thought, Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 2002
    2003 Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize, granted by Mises Institute, 2003


    Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors
    Mises Institute, Senior Fellow
    Eris Society

    Web Pages

    Libertarian Party: History: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates: 1988: Paul/Marrou
    "Presidential Candidate: Ron Paul; Vice Presidential Candidate: Andre Marrou; On the ballot: 46 states plus D.C.; Votes: 432,297"
    Ron Paul - The Advocates
    Biography, picture and quotes
    "Congressman Ron Paul enjoys a national reputation as the premier advocate for liberty in politics today. First elected to Congress in 1976, Dr. Paul is the leading spokesman in Washington, DC for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies based on commodity-backed currency. He is known among both his colleagues in Congress and his constituents for his consistent voting record in the House of Representatives. In fact, Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the 'one exception to the Gang of 535' on Capitol Hill."


    35 Heroes of Freedom: Celebrating the people who have made the world groovier and groovier since 1968, by Reason, Reason, Dec 2003
    List of individuals who, according to Reason editors, have "have made the world a freer, better, and more libertarian place by example, invention, or action" (includes the unknown martyr of Tiananmen Square and a generic "The Yuppie")
    "Paul is the only member of Congress who always votes according to the principles they all should follow. First, he asks if the program is authorized by the Constitution. If it is, he then consults his campaign promises, which include pledges to never raise taxes or increase spending."
    Foreword to A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul, by Lew Rockwell, Mises Daily, 15 Mar 2007
    "Ron Paul's singular voice on foreign affairs has done so much to keep the flame of a consistent liberty burning in times when it might otherwise have been extinguished. ... He has linked domestic and foreign affairs through libertarian analytics, even when others have been bamboozled by the lies or too intimidated to contradict them."
    Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Endorses Ron Paul: 'Veto Johnson' endorses 'Dr. No' for president, by Gary Johnson, 21 Jan 2008
    "'... We are at a point in this country where we need to reduce our dependency on government and regain control of our future. To this end, Ron Paul will bring back troops, end the War in Iraq, and will strengthen the U.S. dollar and the economy. For these reasons and more, Ron Paul has my support, respect, and vote.'"
    Free Speech on the Ropes, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Jan 2006
    Constrasts President Bush's "we love our freedom" rhetoric with actions to suppress dissent by establishing "free speech zones"
    "The Bursey prosecution spurred a dozen members of Congress, including Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), to write to President Bush to protest the administration's crackdown on demonstrators: As we read the First Amendment to the Constitution, the United States is a 'free speech zone.'"
    Is Capitalism Why We Fight?, by Gregory Bresiger, Mises Daily, 6 Apr 2006
    Critical review of the theses presented in the 2005 documentary Why We Fight, also inquirying about topics omitted from the film
    "The documentary cries out for the comments of a maverick member of Congress like Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas who opposed the Iraq incursion from day one and whose inspired consistent opposition to American empire has so often been ignored or trivialized in the mainstream press."
    Libertarian Voters and the Libertarian Party, by David Boaz, 23 May 2008
    Discusses the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential candidate nominees, the views of libertarian-leaning voters and the prospects for the LP
    "Ron Paul's surprising campaign this year and the increasing evidence about libertarian voters have generated more interest in the Libertarian Party nomination than usual, as witness the large and broad field of candidates. ... There's widespread disillusionment with both parties. Ron Paul tapped into some of that in the Republican primaries and demonstrated that a libertarian candidate could raise a lot of money."
    Related Topic: Libertarian Party
    Paul's Apology: Say it ain't so, Dr. No, by Jacob Sullum, Reason, 16 Jan 2008
    Examines Ron Paul's record, the controversy over his newsletters and Paul's response
    "That is Paul's defense today, and I'm inclined to believe him. The race-baiting newsletter passages do not sound like anything else Paul has said or written in his public life. People who were familiar with the newsletters' production confirm that they were largely ghostwritten and that Paul often did not review them prior to publication."
    Related Topic: Libertarianism
    President Paul?, by Joseph Sobran, The Reactionary Utopian, 25 Jan 2006
    "Paul, a pro-life medical doctor, is a genuine political maverick. When the House votes for something 434 to 1, you can safely bet that Paul is the 1. He really fights for the principles other Republicans only pretend to stand for, and does so with carefully reasoned explanations of his positions."
    Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by David Gordon, The Mises Review, Dec 2007
    Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism
    "After discussing the 1987 presidential nominating convention of the Libertarian Party, in which Ron Paul defeated Russell Means, Doherty says: 'Some old party hands such as [David] Bergland thought Ron Paul ended up a carpetbagger, moving in on the LP merely to expand the mailing list and donor base for his investment advice business' (p. 515). Is this not a vicious smear against a man who has spent decades of his life defending libertarian principles? Doherty does not endorse the remark, but he says nothing at all against it."
    Ron Paul: A Most Unusual Politician, by Murray Rothbard, 1981
    Preface to Ron Paul's Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: The Birth of a New Currency
    "... Ron has the remarkable ability to take these complex and vital insights and to present them in clear, lucid, hard-hitting terms to the non-economist reader. ... But, even more important, Ron Paul is an unusual politician because he doesn't simply pay lip service to moral principles. He believes in moral principles in his mind and heart, and he fights for them passionately and effectively."
    Ron Paul and the Empire, by Steven LaTulippe, 31 Jul 2007
    Describes steps the establishment could take to prevent Ron Paul from becoming President
    "The attack on Ron Paul's candidacy will begin in earnest when it appears he has an even remote possibility of winning. ... The American establishment controls a world-wide empire, has the power to print the world's reserve currency at will, and can enact virtually any law without constitutional constraint. Such power is rarely surrendered without a long, bitter struggle."
    Related Topic: The State
    Ron Paul's Goldwater Moment: He's a Republican, he's antiwar - and the Establishment is deathly afraid of him, by Justin Raimondo, 11 May 2007
    Critiques Washington-centric "conventional wisdom" about Ron Paul's presidential candidacy
    "Rep. Paul's cause, however, is not exactly a return to the Republican party of Barry Goldwater: he is a true paleo-Republican in that he wants to go all the way back to the conservatism of Robert A. Taft. Here is a ten-term congressman from Texas who remembers what the Republican party used to stand for ..."
    Related Topic: Republican Party
    Ron's Revolution: Could Dr. Paul really surprise us all?, by Dave Kopel, 9 Oct 2007
    Recounts observations from the Second Amendment Foundation's Gun Rights Policy Conference and the impact of the Ron Paul presidential campaign
    "... the Ron Paul message is fundamentally positive. ... the campaign's theme is 'Hope for America' and its premise is that the American people are good people who can achieve the best for themselves, their families, their community, and their nation when the federal government gets out of the way and stops behaving like a helicopter mother."
    Ron Versus the Huckster: Antiwar Republican sets the terms of GOP debate, by Justin Raimondo, 7 Sep 2007
    Analyses Ron Paul's response to Chris Wallace's questions on the Iraq invasion and Paul's exchange with Gov. Huckabee, at the 5 Sep 2007 Republican presidential debate
    "A great deal of Paul's growing appeal as a candidate lies in his apparent inability to emulate the bromidic grammar-challenged phrases that pass for stirring political rhetoric these days. Instead, he cuts to the chase with a few razor-sharp sentences, and his answer to Wallace did not disappoint his fans ..."
    The Case for Gold, by Mark Calabria
    Review of The Case for Gold (1982) by Rep. Ron Paul and Lewis Lehrman
    "In 1982, Rep. Ron Paul and Lewis Lehrman served on the U.S. Gold Commission, commissioned by Congress to evaluate the role of gold in the monetary system. Paul and Lehrman produced a landmark minority report: The Case for Gold. ... Working with a team of economists, Paul and Lehrman produced a work that is as sound and prescient today as when first published. With Paul's ascendancy to chairman of the House Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy — which oversees the Federal Reserve as well as the currency and the valuation of the dollar ..."
    Related Topics: Gold Standard, Murray Rothbard
    The Constitutionalist, by Gary M. Galles, 28 Mar 2007
    "Ron Paul is best defined by what he would not do. He has steadfastly opposed war. He rejects domestic subsidies and beggar-thy-neighbor policies on the same basis. He would not support government policies that, while depriving taxpayers of income and restricting citizen choices, do not achieve their intended results."
    The Great Unknown, by James Ostrowski, 17 Jan 2007
    "Pre-Ron Paul, John McCain was the presumptive nominee in my view. For many reasons I believed Hillary would beat him. ... Now, consider the fact that on the key issue of the campaign, the Iraq War, Ron Paul beats Hillary. He voted against the war and she for it. On three other key issues, the economy, immigration and health care, Ron Paul's views should fare quite well against Hillary's."
    The Libertarian Student Movement, by Caleb Brown, Wolf von Laer, Aaron Ross Powell, Free Thoughts, 17 Feb 2017
    Interview with Wolf von Laer, CEO of Students for Liberty, to discuss the status of the liberty movement on college campuses
    "So we certainly talk about that and we talk about that this is one of means of spreading the ideas of liberty and in this country, Ron Paul was very formative. And even internationally, Ron Paul was very formative for many classical Liberals or Libertarians. ... So if you talk about the United States specifically, it is still Ron Paul. People still see the videos and are still excited about that, but it is ebbing away. And we have seen that, because we have been growing a lot in the United States, and once Ron Paul was gone, we saw that our growth was not as dramatically anymore."
    The Revolutionary Candidate, by Thomas Woods, 26 Mar 2007
    "No one quite knows what to do about Congressman Ron Paul, Republican candidate for president. He refuses to play by the rules. He's a bigger supporter of the free market than anyone in Congress, but he's also the most consistent opponent of war. ... His conduct, moreover, is beyond reproach. Lobbyists don't even bother going to his office."
    Top 10 Members of Congress Fighting for Lower Taxes, by Editors of HUMAN EVENTS, Human Events, 4 Apr 2006
    "1. Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.) Co-sponsor with Rep. Jeff Flake of a constitutional amendment to repeal the 16th Amendment and end income, gift and estate taxes. Regularly pushes for tax cuts. Sponsor of bills to allow tax credits for private school tuition, to permit tax deduction of college tuition and to stop all taxation of Social Security benefits. Opposes all unconstitutional spending programs."
    Total Victory: How Sweet It Is! [PDF], by Murray Rothbard, The Libertarian Forum, 1983
    Lengthy account and commentary on the 1983 Libertarian Party presidential convention
    "... Gene Burns of Orlando, Florida had been campaigning hard for the Presidential nomination. No one was in the field to oppose him. The desperate Crane Machine, trying hard for a 'big name' candidate, sought for months to induce Republican Representative Ron Paul to run against Burns, but without success."
    Will Congress Finally Face Up to Their Responsibility and Debate Iraq?, by Kevin B. Zeese, 31 Mar 2006
    "... having three Republicans join with three Democrats in the call for debate is also a very positive sign. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is no surprise; he has been an ardent anti-interventionist Republican with strong libertarian leanings who has been consistently critical of the Iraq War."
    Related Topic: Iraq
    Williams can't duck campaign pushes, by Robert Stacy McCain, The Washington Times, 9 Feb 2007
    "Mr. Williams' own '08 favorite is Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican and a 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, who last month announced the formation of an exploratory committee. 'If the framers of the Constitution were somehow to come back, Ron Paul is one of possibly only three people in Congress that they'd even talk to,' said Mr. Williams ..."
    Related Topic: Walter E. Williams


    Assault Weapons and Assaults on the Constitution, 22 Apr 2003
    Gay Marriage Quicksand, Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk, 1 Mar 2004
    Related Topic: Marriage
    "I Have a Plan...", 18 Oct 2004
    Criticises political ads and speeches that present plans for government to "run" the economy or the country
    "Remember, there is a simple dictionary definition for government planning of the production and provision of goods and services: socialism. No matter how much the grand planners from both political parties deny it, many of their programs and proposals are socialist. Federal taxes, regulations, welfare, subsidies, wage controls, price controls, and interest rate manipulations all represent socialist interventions in the economy."
    The Unpatriot Act, 25 Jul 2003
    "One amendment, sponsored by Congressman Butch Otter of Idaho and cosponsored by Paul, denies funding for the Justice department to execute so-called 'sneak and peek' warrants authorized by the Patriot Act. 'Sneak and peek' warrants enable federal authorities to search a person's home, office, or personal property without the person's knowledge! "


    Ron Paul Interview, by Ron Paul, Scott Horton, The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton
    Two audio interviews: 16 Oct 2004 and 17 Dec 2005
    Starting a Brush Fire for Freedom: An interview with US Rep. Ron Paul, by Ron Paul, John W. Whitehead, oldSpeak, 9 Feb 2004
    The Antiwar Republican: An interview with Rep. Ron Paul, by Ron Paul, Scott Horton, 4 Apr 2007
    Includes transcript and MP3 audio recording

    Cartoons and Comic Strips

    How do you spell Iraq?, by Mike Adams, Dan Berger, 29 Jan 2007
    Related Topic: Iraq

    Books Authored

    Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State
        by Ron Paul (Foreword), Sheldon Richman, The Future of Freedom Foundation, 2001
    Partial table of contents: What the Welfare State Really Is - Didn't We Vote For it? - How It Started - The Idea of the Welfare State in America - What About the Poor? - Time to Abolish the Welfare State
    Related Topic: The State
    The Revolution: A Manifesto, 2008


    David Letterman Endorses Ron Paul in 1988, by David Letterman, 1988
    Interview with Sandra Bernhard, discussing the 1988 Presidential debates and announcing he would vote for the Libertarian candidate, Ron Paul

    Freedom Bomb - Original Music Video, by Eddie J. James, 12 Dec 2007

    George H. Smith Gives Qualified Endorsement of Ron Paul 2008, by George H. Smith, 30 Dec 2007

    Hope for America, by Rob Sieg, 1 Nov 2007

    Justin Raimondo @ Ron Paul in 2008 rally July 14, 2007, by Justin Raimondo, 14 Jul 2007

    Let's Shake It Up!, 4 Dec 2007

    Rise, Consise, and Krookid - Ron Paul 2008 - Music Video, 8 Dec 2007

    The Anarchist Roundtable #1: Ron Paul, by Wendy McElroy, 6 Jan 2008
    Stefan Molyneux hosts Wendy McElroy and Brad Spangler, over the phone, to discuss the Ron Paul Revolution

    The Spirit of Freedom, by Libertyproject08, 25 Nov 2007
    Music by Muse "Butterflies and Hurricanes", clips from "Braveheart", "The Patriot" and "V for Vendetta"


    Anti-Trust and Monopoly, by Dominick T. Armentano, Ron Paul, 13 Jul 1983
    A conversation with Ron Paul, hosted by Roger Ream, with guest Prof. Dominick Armentano
    Related Topic: Monopoly

    Campaign for Liberty Announcement, 13 Jun 2008

    Dennis Miller interviews Ron Paul, by Dennis Miller, Ron Paul (interviewee), 3 Aug 2007
    Radio interview

    Enough Is Enough!, 17 Nov 2010
    Short speech announcing new legislation to curb the TSA and the notion that Americans have accepted being treated like cattle
    Related Topics: Terrorism, Transportation

    Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve, by Mises Institute, Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Joseph Salerno, 1996
    Explains the origins of money and banking, how and why the Federal Reserve was created and the effects it has had on society. Dedicated to Murray Rothbard.

    Ron Paul Slams Republican Warmongers, 30 Jan 2008
    Ron Paul answers the question "Do you agree with McCain that U.S. troops may be in Iraq for '100 years'?"
    Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)

    U.S. Foreign Policy and the War in Iraq, by Doug Casey, Ron Paul, 5 Jul 2007
    Debate between Congressman Ron Paul and Doug Casey vs. Dinesh D'Souza and Larry Abraham, at FreedomFest, Las Vegas
    Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)

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