Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

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Ron Paul started a revolution, a mass movement of Americans fed up with politics as usual. That movement survived both of Paul’s recent presidential campaigns, and is alive and stronger than ever in the 2016 election, under the banner of its new leader: Donald Trump.

Now before you nail me to a cross wrapped in the Constitution with a placard reading “King of the Liberty Heretics,” calm your religious fervor and allow me to explain. Donald Trump is in no way the philosophical successor of Ron Paul; the two couldn’t be further apart in that regard. In terms of approach to governance and commitment to liberty, Trump likely has more in common with the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea than he does with Dr. Paul. Of the Republican presidential field vying for victory in the 2016 election, the candidate who most resembles Ron Paul’s ideals is his son, Rand. That’s not what this is about.

The few, proud, hardcore liberty lovers there were in 2008 instantly related to Ron Paul’s message of freedom. However, let’s not pretend that his libertarianism is what set the movement in motion; if that had been the case, the liberty firestorm would have been ignited by any number of philosophically sound candidates during the previous decades. The real appeal of the Paul candidacy was his honest, unabashed populism. Here was a man who couldn’t be bought. Who fought for the little guy. Who wanted to end politics as usual. This was a guy who was incorruptible, who had a certain crazy fire in his eye, and had speeches that told us what we all needed to hear: “I’m on your side, I won’t let you down, and I’ll fight for you with all my might until my dying breath.” Ron Paul wasn’t just an ally. He was a damn superhero. [Read more…]

Death Musings

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Some ask, “What is the meaning of life?” I ask, “What is the meaning of death?”

Is it the end of flesh and breath and blood? Or is it the conclusion of spirit?

Is death absolute and solid, or a gradual state of varying degrees? Must it be final and irreversible? Or is it an aspect that comes and goes, dominates for a moment subsides the next?

Do we slide into death by default, as part of our pre-programmed course of existence? Or does death befall us by an intention, an overt and concerted act which ends life? Can it be because of both reasons? Can we ever know? Does it even matter?

When death strikes the spirit, must the body follow? Can a being continue on for long while dead inside? Does corporal survival matter at that point? When death smites the body, is the spirit concluded, or does it still linger? Does death of the body destroy, or free, our true selves? [Read more…]

Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

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This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day?

No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could barely move? No problem. Get so drunk you almost thought hitting on your bikini-clad cousin was a good idea (bonus points if her significant other was there)? Perfect. Did you completely forget about the troops for a blissful, fleeting day? Great, those bastards have already inserted themselves into every major holiday. However you had a blast, you were doing it right. Liberty means being free to have a good time, no matter how you may do that.

I’m talking about the spirit with which you commemorated the occasion. The reason for the festivities. Because whatever flag-waving, America-loving, patriotism-pimping vibe courses through Independence Day, let’s not forget what it’s all truly about: secession. [Read more…]