Recently, someone interviewed Ron Paul. The interview covered a lot of ground. This caught my attention:
Hopefully I can energize young people, a new generation, to say that the role of government has to be different than this. You can’t run a welfare state and you shouldn’t be in all these wars. And they have to decide what the role should be. And whether or not the government should just be there to protect liberty or is it supposed to regulate your life and regulate the economy and police the world? If they want that they’ll just change dictators and it’ll be miserable. But I’m hopeful that–I see signs, you know, because of what’s happening on the internet and different places, I see positive signs, but it’s not gonna be easy.”
This pretty much summarizes my position. That’s why he agreed with me when I suggested creating the Ron Paul Curriculum.
Compared to what it was like in the summer of 1976, when I was on his staff in Congress, things are vastly better inside the camps of those who oppose big government. The federal government continues to grow, although as I have said repeatedly, the actual tax revenues collected by the federal government are still in the range of 20% of GDP, which is slightly below where they were in 1945. With respect to federal taxes collected, things are a little better than they were 70 years ago. Conservatives fail to understand this. So, when we talk about the expansion of the federal government since 1945, we are talking mainly about the expansion of the money supply — the Federal Reserve System — and the expansion of federal regulation: The Federal Register.
What the Ron Paul Curriculum does today, a rich capitalist could have done in 1976. He could have hired an academic to put together a comprehensive, textbook-based curriculum that was decent. But it was not done in 1976, or 1996, or 2006, because rich industrialists have had no idea that it needed to be done. They would not have known how to do it.
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