Yes, at each point Ron Paul explains what he believes in and why. Who else in our congress, or in politics for that matter, is brave enough and consistent enough to put these points in writing?
Well done. His voice was clear and strong.
Anyone interested in knowing who Ron Paul is should listen to this.
The book goes through some of the thoughts behind Ron Paul's views and provides the intellectual background and rhetoric for his long thought out views on how to change the world. More then a book that will close your doors of ideas, it is one that will make you more curious. I went into this book having some serious questions about Ron Paul, as often he throws out things like "gold standard" which confused me and seemed regressive. However he skillfully presents a common sense argument against Keynesian economics, which is the prevailing viewpoint which leads the government to go into further debt during recessions by spending money on more projects. He agrees with the "Austrian school" which states that creating a thriving economy comes from less restrictions, less government stimulus (for example what economic benefit is it for the government to create jobs which don't make anything that helps create meaningful products), less government price setting and more individual desire driving the economic engine. He also argues for liberty of personal freedom from the government, and the laws enacted in the fear culture of post 911 which continue to give the government far too much power. His foreign policies also make more sense, and try to empower freedom not only in our citizens but also in other countries... with the idea that free trade rather then war and torture creates bonds of peace. He shows strong historical support for how stopping trade with a country works to create hostility, which often leads to war. He also argues that intervening in other countries often has unforeseen consequences. I am going to listen to this book again in a week to further digest and contemplate all of his life changing ideas...
I'm speaking from a position of knowing very little about Ron Paul and the general idea of Libertarianism. My hope with listening to this book was to get a better idea of both so I could be prepared for the upcoming election cycle.
Based on this book alone, what I found out about Libertarianism was that the general criticism of it is essentially spot on. The Libertarian ideal is an empty box covered with shiny paper and a big, pretty bow. I wouldn't go so far as to say that Paul contradicts himself (a lot) in this book, but he definitely seems to have a lot of moving targets; on abortion he tells us to trust science in that if a fetus is to be considered a "baby" at 9 months then it should be at one month as well. Yet when it comes to Global Warming we're told not to trust the overwhelming scientific consensus that something very real is happening in that regard and uses the term "junk science" to describe it. There are similar instances throughout the book. The real problem I had with it was that nearly the whole concept of Libertarianism seems to be based on the idea that left to our own devices (as opposed to heavy government regulation) we will all just do the right thing and everything will magically fall into place. He completely avoids the reality of how the govt. regulations that he speaks against have been put in place because people DON'T just naturally do the right thing. I completely agree that we need to pull back the influence of government, but it needs to be done in a realistic way. In this first look into Libertarianism I can see why it's not taken that seriously. The ideas are compelling and I don't know who wouldn't want to live in that world, but then again that's what a utopia is all about.
I found the narration to be smooth and flowing, Craig took what could be considered a fairly dry subject and moved it along well. I give it 4 stars because I got the book to find out more about the subject and the book delivered.