Rand Paul

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A libertarian (and Tea Party) Republican Senator, son of Ron Paul. He was burnt when he gave his real feelings on the Civil Rights Act, and now is attempting to be a normal slimy politician. AKA: "Senator Aqua Buddha".

Ron Paul is just as bizarre and bogus as his father: the difference is that he hasn't left as long a paper trail of publications. Even so, his first book is a classic paranoid conspiracy rant about how "guvment is out ta gettcha!"

Links

EnoughPaulSpam [More...]
The reddit devoted to ridiculing Rand Paul and his father, Ron Paul.
Government Bullies: How Everyday Americans Are Being Harassed, Abused, and Imprisoned by the Feds (book)
Classic ideological one-sided story telling, to make the EPA and other government agencies into villains. Ignore the fact that the "victims" were convicted of crimes by juries.
Keeping It Real on 'neo-Confederate Libertarians' [More...]
"It's not for me to referee the intramural disputes within the libertarian movement. I'm sure they have no desire for me to try. But the neo-Confederates, the Lew Rockwells and that whole crew are fundamentally about white supremacy and nativism. And the Paul clan has been thick as thieves with those folks forever."
Libertarians are very confused about capitalism [More...]
Elites didn't get rich off of some “free market.” Here's why libertarians should back radical wealth redistribution. Socks Rand Paul and Murray Rothbard for ignoring the coercive origins of capitalist wealth.
Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination [More...]
"Thus, the decision not to vaccinate your child is not just a personal decision. It has implications for others around you. The consumer model of medicine does not apply; we are all connected... Libertarianism isn’t good for kids. And Rand Paul, a doctor, ought to know better."
Rand Paul (RationalWiki) [More...]
"While both Pauls are registered Republicans, both are actually paleolibertarians at heart. However, while the senior Paul continues to identify himself as a libertarian, Rand has expressed the wish that the Tea Party was an actual party so that he could leave the GOP and join them."
Rand Paul Email Touts False Gun Conspiracy About U.N. Treaty That Doesn’t Exist [More...]
Rand Paul shows some of the flakey, paranoid side his father is also famous for.
Rand Paul is No Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights
Rand Paul has repeatedly said that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on libertarian grounds: private businesses should not be forced to serve African Americans if they so choose. As opposed to Goldwater's supposed Constitutional concerns.
Rand Paul the Hypocrite [More...]
"Freedom does not only involve freedom from the government."
Rand Paul's "Slavery" [More...]
Quite a number of libertarians think the classic libertarian "Taxation Is Slavery" argument that Rand Paul repeats is inaccurate if not idiotic.
Rand Paul's Confederacy Scandal Is Not an Anomaly -- Libertarianism Papers Over Deep Racism in America [More...]
Libertarianism truly is the velvet glove of a nice-sounding “freedom” policy that covers the iron fist of five hundred years of genocide and apartheid in America.
Rand Paul’s terrifying vision for America: The truth about his plan for “Economic Freedom Zones” [More...]
"The neoliberal experiment in hyper-capitalism and the erosion of the state, which used to be run in places like Chile, after Washington helped install a dictator, has now come home. The vision outlined in Paul’s bill is nothing less than an upending of the American ideal–a republic of citizens–and the creation of a republic of property, with the state receding into inconsequentiality."
Senator: Food Stamps Are Just Like Slavery [More...]
Senator Rand Paul equates government programs that prevent people from dying of starvation with slavery. Because what is the government taking money you’ve earned if not the Leviathan forcing you to work part-time for its profit?
The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand Paul [More...]
As Rand Paul runs away from his old "libertarian" positions to pander to Republicans, he flip flops on numerous issues. No principles on display here!

Quotations

As we know from history, the free market did not lead to a breakdown of segregation. Indeed, it got much worse, not just because it was enforced by law but because it was mandated by self-reinforcing societal pressure. Any store owner in the South who chose to serve blacks would certainly have lost far more business among whites than he gained. There is no reason to believe that this system wouldn't have perpetuated itself absent outside pressure for change. In short, the libertarian philosophy of Rand Paul and the Supreme Court of the 1880s and 1890s gave us almost 100 years of segregation, white supremacy, lynchings, chain gangs, the KKK, and discrimination of African Americans for no other reason except their skin color. The gains made by the former slaves in the years after the Civil War were completely reversed once the Supreme Court effectively prevented the federal government from protecting them. Thus we have a perfect test of the libertarian philosophy and an indisputable conclusion: it didn't work. Freedom did not lead to a decline in racism; it only got worse.
Bruce Bartlett, "Rand Paul is No Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights"
I don't believe Rand is a racist; I think he is a fool who is suffering from the foolish consistency syndrome that affects all libertarians. They believe that freedom consists of one thing and one thing only--freedom from governmental constraint. Therefore, it is illogical to them that any increase in government power could ever expand freedom. Yet it is clear that African Americans were far from free in 1964 and that the Civil Rights Act greatly expanded their freedom while diminishing that of racists.
Bruce Bartlett, "Rand Paul is No Barry Goldwater on Civil Rights"
Senator Aqua Buddha is a crank. More to the point, he's a crank without the charming crankitude of his father, Crazy Uncle Liberty (!). He's a grim, humorless little drone who is fully convinced of his own superiority and his own immutable destiny.
Charlie Pierce, "The Big Speech Of The Week"