I’ve long predicted that when Ron Paul retired we’d see a massive split within the liberty movement. That time has arrived, and it’s been further compounded by Rand Paul’s endorsement of Romney; a move that was necessary to legitimize his liberty faction and create a position of power for our views within the GOP. Ultimately, the truth is that influencing from the inside is just as important as the philosophical based message spreading that Ron has been doing for decades.
What strictly philosophical libertarians need to realize is that there are several avenues for spreading the liberty message. You may not be comfortable with the political side – and that’s honestly fine. But it’s wrong for philosophical libertarians disparage those of us working from the inside when we’re more than 95% with them on the actual issues. When they do that, the statists win. In fact, general libertarian disengagement and constant infighting has helped them shore up all of this power on a bipartisan basis for so many years. We’re too busy figuring out what it means to be ‘principled’ while in the mean time, the leadership in both the Democratic and Republican parties continuously grow government at our expense. Given the current state of our nation, this can no longer happen if we want to live in the country we all believe America should be.
After all, when it comes to Rand, all you need to do is look at his latest bills. He’s working to fight the use of domestic drones, and is co-sponsoring, with a Democrat, a bill to allow the use of industrial hemp in this country. If you truly think he’s a “neocon sellout” you don’t know what either of those words mean, and are simply “anti-establishment” for the sake of socially identifying yourself as such – and you know what you’re doing by behaving that way? Legitimizing the bipartisan assault on our freedom.
And, as always, Jack Hunter says it better than I can: