Libertarian Party: Campaign 2000: Presidential Campaign
Includes introduction, look back at previous presidential campaigns and basic information and links for the nominees: Harry Browne and Art Olivier
"Former Republican Congressman Ron Paul won a close nomination bid against Native American activist Russell Means for the 1988 LP ticket. Paul chose Andre Marrou -- who had served in the Alaska State House of Representatives as a Libertarian -- as his running mate. That year, Libertarians saw their ballot access increase to 46 states. Their popular vote total of 432,297 was twice that of any other third party."
Libertarian Party: History: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates
Includes images of campaign bumper stickers
Presidential Candidate: Ron Paul
Vice Presidential Candidate: Andre Marrou
On the ballot: 46 states plus D.C.
The Advocates for Self-Government - Ron Paul
Includes profile, 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 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
, Dec 2003
"Eclectic, irreverent" list of individuals who, according to Reason
editors, "have made the world a freer, better, and more libertarian place by example, invention, or action" (includes the unknown martyr of Tiananmen Square and "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. Look for his votes in the nay column."
Related Topics: Norman Borlaug
, Milton Friedman
, Barry Goldwater
, Friedrich Hayek
, Robert A. Heinlein
, Jane Jacobs
, Richard Nixon
, Ayn Rand
, Julian Simon
, Thomas Szasz
, Rose Wilder Lane
Foreword to A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul
, by Lew Rockwell
, Mises Daily
, 15 Mar 2007
Examines the historical precedents for the Paulian view that American foreign and domestic policy both be conducted in the same non-interventionist manner
"Ron Paul has always believed that foreign and domestic policy should be conducted according to the same principles. Government should be restrained from intervening at home or abroad because its actions fail to achieve their stated aims, create more harm than good, shrink the liberty of the people, and violate rights. ... 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 drawn public attention to the ideas of the founders. He has alerted people to the dangers of empire."
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson Endorses Ron Paul | Reuters
, by Gary Johnson
, 21 Jan 2008
Press release from the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee
"I am endorsing Ron Paul for the Republican nomination for President because of his commitment to less government, greater liberty, and lasting prosperity for America. 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"; tells the story of a protester arrested and released but then prosecuted in non-jury trial by the Justice Department
"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." In the United States, free speech is the rule, not the exception ... We ask that you make it clear that we have no interest as a government in "zoning" constitutional freedoms, and that being politically annoying to the president of the United States is not a criminal offense.'"
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
"Repeatedly, the documentarians go around asking average Joes why we fight. Again and again, people usually give moronic answers, or answers that are a mindless rehash of pathetic justifications offered by the Bush administration. ... 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."
Paul's Apology: Say it ain't so, Dr. No
, by Jacob Sullum
, 16 Jan 2008
Examines Ron Paul's record, the controversy over the newsletters published under Paul's name in the 1980s and 1990s, and Paul's response
"The Texas Republican's combination of principle and plainspokenness ... helped his presidential campaign break fund-raising records while attracting a strikingly diverse and enthusiastic crowd of supporters ... Not everything you may have heard about the newsletters is true. ... But the truth is bad enough. ... 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."
, by Joseph Sobran
, The Reactionary Utopian
, 25 Jan 2006
Commentary and anecdotes on hearing that Ron Paul had formed an exploratory committee for his 2008 U.S. Presidential bid
"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. ... Paul ran for president once before, in 1988, when he bolted the GOP to run on the Libertarian Party ticket. Much as I admired him, I voted for George H.W. Bush, afraid of 'wasting' my vote on Paul, who had no real chance of winning. Silly me. I soon realized I had really wasted my vote on Bush."
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
Preface to Ron Paul's Gold, Peace, and Prosperity: The Birth of a New Currency
"Ron Paul is a most unusual politician — in many ways. In the first place, he really knows what he's talking about. He is not only for the gold standard. He knows why he is for it, and he is familiar with the most advanced and complex economic insights on the true nature of inflation, on how inflation works, and how inflationary credit expansions brings about booms and busts. And yet 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. His economics is as sound as a bell."
Ron Paul and the Empire
, by Steven LaTulippe, 31 Jul 2007
Considers what steps the establishment could take to prevent Ron Paul from becoming President
"Can Ron Paul really win? Does he have a snowball's chance of becoming the next president, or are we all kidding ourselves? ... Unlike the establishment's candidates, Ron Paul is a freelancer running on three specific ideas:
- The federal government must function within the strict guidelines of the Constitution.
- America should deconstruct its empire, withdraw our troops from around the world and reestablish a foreign policy based on noninterventionism.
- America should abolish the Federal Reserve Bank, eliminate fiat currency and return to hard money.
Ron Paul's Goldwater Moment
, by Justin Raimondo
, 11 May 2007
Critiques Washington-centric "conventional wisdom" about Ron Paul's presidential candidacy
"Portraits of Congressman Ron Paul ... invariably descend into cliché – he is 'Dr. No,' he’s against subsidies even for his own district, he's a libertarian Don Quixote – but, then again, clichés are what the conventional wisdom is made of ... however, ... he is a true paleo-Republican ... a ten-term congressman from Texas who remembers what the Republican party used to stand for ... he's a country doctor, a man who oozes sincerity, and just the kind of stern yet benevolent figure, brimming with integrity, who is conceivably capable of leading the GOP out of its ideological quagmire, and reclaiming its lost heritage."
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
"What I saw and heard there changed my mind about the viability of Ron Paul's presidential candidacy ... The difference between Paul as a speaker in 1988 and in 2007 was startling. In 1988, he was perfectly competent. This time he was electrifying. ... Most impressive, however, was the large crowd of young people ... They were enthused and energized, many of them sporting Ron Paul Revolution t-shirts. (The shirts are very clever, since they use 'Revolution' to also say 'LOVE', which makes revolution seem a lot nicer.) ... With five million dollars raised in 3Q 2007, it appears that Paul's message is catching on."
Ron Versus the Huckster
, by Justin Raimondo
, 7 Sep 2007
Analyzes 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
"... Rep. Paul, the only antiwar candidate in the GOP pack, succeeded in framing the debate around his challenge to neocon orthodoxy on the all-important issue of foreign policy. ... Wallace ... asked if Paul would 'leave troops in the region ...' and Paul's answer ... takes an unequivocal position – 'Yes, I would leave, I would leave completely' ... Paul, however, goes beyond a mere critique of the present policy, and offers a coherent and comprehensive alternative, succinctly and with real passion in his voice ... Paul's focus is admirable: he goes right for the jugular, and hits it unerringly."
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 ..."
, by Gary M. Galles, 28 Mar 2007
Comments on the 2008 presidential candidacy of Paul, aiming to demonstrate his principled and consistent views by a litany of quotes from Paul's writings and speeches in the preceding year
"In a long public life, Dr. Paul has always kept faith with the limited defensible role for our federal government. ... 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. He does not support government redistribution of wealth ... Verifying Dr. Paul's consistent, principled approach is also easy. His voting record in the House speaks for itself."
The Great Unknown
, by James Ostrowski, 17 Jan 2007
Argues that Hillary Clinton, considered to be the Democratic nominee by the author, would prefer to face McCain rather than the "Great Unknown" of Ron Paul
"Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich? ... McCain's in there too. Ron Paul versus three establishment centrists who supported the war sounds like a good scenario in the Republican primaries. ... 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. ... All I'm saying is that the Ron Paul campaign could be a political earthquake. We won't and can't know until after the fact."
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
Discusses and comments on the reactions of various organizations in the early days of Paul's 2008 presidential campaign
"He's a bigger supporter of the free market than anyone in Congress, but he's also the most consistent opponent of war. ... He has won so many awards from the National Taxpayers Union that he's probably lost count. CNET rated him the best out of all 435 congressmen in the House of Representatives on issues relating to the Internet. ... Although more and more Americans polled agree that their government should mind its own business and try to scale back its impossible commitments ... no one in politics other than Ron Paul will actually say such a thing, much less write a book about it."
The Separation of School and State Alliance: An Interview with Marshall Fritz
, by Marshall Fritz
, 3 Jun 1999
Transcript of online chat hosted by Mary Leggewie and including audience member questions, many asking about ways to support Fritz and the Alliance's efforts
"Audience member question: What politicians can we trust are committed to this cause?
Marshall Fritz: Well, I would like to say you can trust my friend Ron Paul, U.S. Congress from Texas. But even he, the best man in the House, entered a bill that would have allowed the IRS to be the major decision maker on what is educational in the USA, and would have caused massive new borrowing or monetary inflation. You see, unintended consequences happen even to libertarians when they don't think through their proposals. (BTW, I said this to Ron's face, and we're still friends.)"
Top 10 Members of Congress Fighting for Lower Taxes
, by Editors of HUMAN EVENTS, Human Events
, 4 Apr 2006
List of three senators and seven representatives, ranked by the editors according to their stances or records on taxation measures
"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
Lengthy account and commentary on the 1983 Libertarian Party presidential convention
"It wasn't supposed to be an exciting convention. Since January, radio talk show host 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."
Related Topics: David Bergland
, Roy Childs
, Robert A. Heinlein
, Libertarian Party
, Roger MacBride
, Tonie Nathan
, David Nolan
, Robert W. Poole, Jr.
, Justin Raimondo
, Earl Ravenal
, Mary Ruwart
Will Congress Finally Face Up to Their Responsibility and Debate Iraq?
, by Kevin B. Zeese, 31 Mar 2006
Discusses the proposal by a group of six congressmen to have 17 hours of "open and honest debate about the future of U.S. policy in Iraq"
"... three Democrats and three Republicans, are calling for a full debate on ending the Iraq War. The group, known as the 'April 5 Group,' ... includes Republican Representatives Ron Paul, Wayne Gilchrest and Walter B. Jones and Democratic Representatives Neil Abercrombie, Ike Skelton and Marty Meehan. ... 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."
Williams can't duck campaign pushes
, by Robert Stacy McCain, The Washington Times
, 9 Feb 2007
Discusses the effort by cartoonist Bruce Tinsley, in his "Mallard Fillmore" comic strip, to recruit Williams for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination
"The George Mason professor says he shares Mr. Tinsley's disdain for career politicians. ... 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, adding that most politicians have a 'generalized contempt' for the values of the Constitution."
Assault Weapons and Assaults on the Constitution
, Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk
, 22 Apr 2003
Comments on the Bush administration support for reauthorization of the 1994 assault weapons ban
"The Bush administration recently surprised and angered many pro-gun conservatives by announcing its support for an assault weapons ban passed in 1994. The law contained a ten-year sunset provision, and is set to expire in 2004 unless reauthorized by Congress. A spokesman for the administration stated flatly that the President 'supports the current law, and he supports reauthorization of the current law.' ... The notion that the Second amendment confers rights only upon organized state-run militias is preposterous; the amendment is meaningless unless it protects the gun rights of individuals."
Gay Marriage Quicksand
, Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk
, 1 Mar 2004
Comments on the George W. Bush announcement that he endorses a constitutional amendment "defining and protecting marriage as a union of a man and woman as husband and wife"
"The President's recent announcement that he supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage has intensified the gay marriage debate. It seems sad that we need government to define and regulate our most basic institutions. ... Social problems cannot be solved by constitutional amendments or government edicts. Nationalizing marriage laws will only grant more power over our lives to the federal government, even if for supposedly conservative ends. ... True conservatives and libertarians should understand that the solution to our moral and cultural decline does not lie in a strong centralized government."
"I Have a Plan..."
, Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk
, 18 Oct 2004
Criticizes political ads and speeches that present plans for government to "run" the economy or the country
"As election time nears, we are bombarded with political ads and speeches by candidates telling us their great plans for running the country. At the end of the recent presidential debate, for example, the Democratic nominee recited a litany of supposed cures for nearly everything that ails us, beginning each sentence with the phrase 'I have a plan...' ... Unless and until Americans begin to reclaim the mentality that made us great, we are destined to slide further into an economic and political malaise that cannot be solved by the grandiose plans of politicians."
Paul Applauds Congressional Restrictions on Patriot Act
, 24 Jul 2003
Press release about two votes in Congress amending the Department of Justice annual funding and affecting provisions of the Patriot Act
"Congressman Ron Paul praised two landmark votes in Congress that could mark a turning point in the battle to protect civil liberties threatened by the Patriot Act. Paul has been an outspoken critic of the Patriot Act since its hasty passage in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ... Congressman Ron Paul praised two landmark votes in Congress that could mark a turning point in the battle to protect civil liberties threatened by the Patriot Act. Paul has been an outspoken critic of the Patriot Act since its hasty passage in the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
10/16/04 – Ron Paul – The Scott Horton Show
, by Ron Paul, Scott Horton, The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton
, 16 Oct 2004
MP3 audio; topics include: the proper response to the 11 Sep 2001 attacks, nuclear weapons, U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, military conscription, individual liberty and whether there is hope for the future
Starting a Brush Fire for Freedom: An interview with US Rep. Ron Paul
, by Ron Paul, John W. Whitehead, oldSpeak
, 9 Feb 2004
Topics include: being a lone wolf in Congress, the Patriot Act and related legislation, George W. Bush, the Iraq War, conservatives and neo-cons, the federal debt, education and the Constitution
"There are times when neither side will agree with me and I will be voting by myself. I understand that I vote by myself more times than everyone else in Congress put together. So, there are times on economic issues where I will have many close and enthusiastic allies from both sides on war issues and sometimes on civil liberties issues. There are principled people from both sides that I ally with. Thus, in one way you could paint me as being totally alone. However, in another sense, I have a chance to work with almost everybody at one time or another."
The Antiwar Republican
, by Ron Paul, Scott Horton, 4 Apr 2007
Transcript and MP3 audio recording; topics include foreign policy principles, isolationism, the Bush Doctrine, the "war on terror", the British sailors captured by Iran, presidential authority over state National Guard units and Guantanamo Bay detainees
"Horton: ... what are your first principles of American foreign policy?
Paul: ... the most important promise I make is to uphold the Constitution. If we read the Constitution carefully, we find there is no authority to do those things [interfere with other nations]. So I personally abhor getting involved when we don’t need to and getting into wars that are unnecessary. At the same time, we are told that we are not allowed [to interfere] unless there is an explicit declaration of war. Since World War II, we have totally ignored those guidelines."