Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
...based on philosophy that nearly anyone regardless of political view can agree on... more freedom, less government interference...
His idea of less government "interference" is minimalist to the point of absurdity. For instance, I want my government to "interfere" with businesses so they have rules and regulations requiring them to sell safe products, rather than letting the "marketplace work it" via death, disease, and injury -- patterns of problems consumer's might not even detect because of corporate-controlled media.
I haven't the slightest problem with the dreaded phrase... redistribution of income. (bum buh BAH!) Nothing draconian, but a well-enforced progressive
taxation system is something we need. The free market is NOT PERFECT, nor is EVERY SINGLE government solution (as libertarian/free market extremists would have you believe) doomed to be worse than any problem it tries solve.
There are some problems which are better solved via cooperation than competition, and where government is the best vehicle for organizing the necessary cooperation.
I think that the kind of libertarianism Ron Paul represents is a useful force
to have at work in the mix of forces which produce political outcomes -- when not carried to extremes, libertarian impulses are a necessary counterbalance other strong tendencies toward excessive spending, taxation, regulation, etc. Carried to Ron Paul's level, however, and acting with the power of the Presidency, that much libertarianism would probably be a disaster.
Of course, Ron Paul's biggest problem is this: reality.
Very, very few people actually would be happy with the results of minimalist government, no matter what they might dream when it's all hypothetical. Nearly every one is a member or beneficiary of at least one "special interest" group which wants the government to do something about their own special interests. The only way such a dynamic ever works out (short of imposing a dictatorship) is for everyone to compromise so that everyone gets a little of what they want government to do -- bye, bye, theoretically streamlined government.