Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Having to do with the below post-stoners for Ron Paul

Seems like there's quite a following, judging from Ron Paul stickers on the front of head shops in Seattle as well as Ron Paul signs in the yards of houses where there are continual parties. Why do they support him? Because he wants to legalize drugs and he opposes the war. What about his other positions, what about social justice, what about the environment?

From On the Issues.org
"Paul scores 5% by the LCV [League of Conservation Voters] on environmental issues"

"Property rights are the foundation of all rights
We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches. We also face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation, governments deprive property owners of significant value and use of their properties--all without paying "just compensation."

Property rights are the foundation of all rights in a free society. Without the right to own a printing press, for example, freedom of the press becomes meaningless

Source: Campaign website, www.ronpaul2008.com, "Issues" Sep 1, 2007"

So, isn't the environment a groovy thing to fight for? Shouldn't you, like, care about his stance on that, bro? And property rights as the foundation of all rights...you know that means Wal-Mart too, which I'm sure you oppose.

So, like, Ron Paul isn't all that cool although he has a righteous stance on drugs and is against the war.

He probably doesn't care about Tibet either.

(at which point in this conversation said hippy stoner would take a hit from a bong and repeat the immortal words of The Dude from The Big Lebowski: "That's, like, your opinion man.")

Which isn't to say that opposing Wal-Mart or caring about Tibet is a bad thing, of course, but instead to say that causes like these, relatively lightweight compared to more basic issues, have become fa├žionable with the sort of do nothing hippy set.


Todd Bucy said...

yeah I feel ya. while I can get with Ron Paul on a civil-libertarian basis his infatuation with property leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Basically I classify him as an anarcho-capitalist and that is by definition a contradiction in terms as property always leads to hierarchical systems of coercion.


Gene said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm sick and tired of seeing people support Ron Paul because they see him as being a real, radical answer for America. But in reality, he would be HORRIBLE for the working class and the environment. It's about time people realize this.

Todd Bucy said...

I look at it this way; a vote for Ron Paul is a protest vote. no matter how much money he raises on the internet he is not going to get the Republican nomination. and until the electoral college is abolished there is no way he will win as a third party candidate. If you look at his supporters in this light then what he acttually wants to do becomes irrelevant and the reasons for why people are supporting him takes a special significance. Especially , from an anarchist point of view. It seems to me that people are attracted to him because he wants to drastcally change the way our foreign policy operates and he wants to end our war on drugs and the war in Iraq. While I dont support him for the same reasons that you do, I do see his popularity as a positive sign for American society.