Thought Controllers Call Ron Paul “Extreme” — Real historian Tom Woods unspins Mother Jones magazine’s super-scary list of “Ron Paul’s 15 Most Extreme Positions”

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Tom Woods looks at Mother Jones magazine’s super-scary list of “Ron Paul’s 15 Most Extreme Positions.”


More on Ron Paul’s “Extreme” Positions

I designed this short resource page to accompany the video I made about a Mother Jones article called “Ron Paul’s 15 Most Extreme Positions.”

On the war on drugs, see my “Futility and the War on Drugs”:


On the Federal Reserve and the U.S. economy, see this article and this article, as well as the relevant portion of this resource page I prepared.  See also my “Learn Austrian Economics” resource page.

On antitrust, there is an embarrassment of riches.  To get a taste of the true history of antitrust, read “The Antitrust Economists’ Paradox.”  For more, consult Dominick Armentano’s books Antitrust and Monopoly: Anatomy of a Policy Failure and Antitrust: The Case for Repeal.  Or read any of these articles.

For a critique of the perfect competition model on which the logic of antitrust is based, see (among other sources) chapter XI of Milton Shapiro’s Foundations of the Market Price System (available online), chapter 10 of Murray N. Rothbard’s Man, Economy, and State: A Treatise on Economic Principles (available online), and George Reisman’s article “Platonic Competition.”

On Ron Paul’s views on the environment, see Murray N. Rothbard’s “Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution.”

On health care, see Vijay Boyapati’s “What’s Really Wrong with the Healthcare Industry.”

On civil rights, see Thomas Sowell’s extraordinary book Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?

On the census, here is Ron Paul in his own words.

For more on these and other subjects, see this other refutation of the Mother Jones article.  See also my book Rollback, which refutes many of the myths on which the Mother Jones article is based.

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In Defense of Ron Paul

One thought on “Thought Controllers Call Ron Paul “Extreme” — Real historian Tom Woods unspins Mother Jones magazine’s super-scary list of “Ron Paul’s 15 Most Extreme Positions”

  1. Verus Langham

    Thank you, Tom, for speaking up for this genteel public servant who has of late captured my imagination – ironically in so being aroused deep down by his forthright reporting, and seeing him for the honest person of and for the people, I also discovered you… a mentor of a very distinguished character and intellect that cuts through all the dishonesty even the most conservative seem to practice these days. I have come to know the man in a clearer light and appreciate the enormous pressures he must daily encounter as he postulates those things he knows and stands accused of being unlearned on – such as foreign policy…. after reading your further data on his true position I fully appreciate him all the more…. because in fact he has modeled his beliefs after the indelible words of wisdom gleaned from our founders… they pronounced mingling in foreign affairs would do nothing to promote us as a nation and most probably would exacerbate all our woes should we proceed on a course of intervention in international events.
    Anyway, there is the opening to what I hope becomes a mutual discourse in dialog between the two of us. I will try not to bore you with my limited knowledge of the many areas both you and Ron seem so prolifically attenuated to. I thoroughly enjoy reading your thoughts and hope one day to read all of your published works.

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