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Posted by arely staircase | Fri Dec 30, 2011, 07:27 PM (5 replies)

Death Penalty For Gays: Ron Paul Courts The Religious Fringe In Iowa

“Under a Ron Paul presidency, states would be freed up to not have political correctness imposed on them, but obviously some state would follow what’s politically correct,” he said. “What he’s trying to do, whether he agrees with the Constitution’s position or not, is restrict himself to the Constitution. That is something I very much appreciate.”

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 07:51 PM (0 replies)

im seeing a thing that tells me i shouldn't be seeing it, and to let you know

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 06:59 PM (2 replies)

I'm getting ready to join the Episcopal Church

I was raised in a fundamentalist church (though by very liberal parents.) As a grew older I left the church altogether because their techings, especially about women. Then during a very terrible time in my life, I statrted reading the Bible - specifically th Gospel of Luke. It was then a wonderful revelation to me that many (in fact most) Chritian denominations are not born-again fundies. I have researched the Episcopal faith and am excited to be getting back to Church and without compromising my ability to reason and believe in science and equal rights for all.

God Bless you All
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 06:53 PM (39 replies)

Chomsky on Ron Paul

Hello Mr. Chomsky.
I’m assuming you know who Ron Paul is.
And I’m also assuming you have a general idea about his positions.

Here my summary of Mr. Paul’s positions:
- He values property rights, and contracts between people (defended by law enforcement and courts).

Under all circumstances? Suppose someone facing starvation accepts a contract with General Electric that requires him to work 12 hours a day locked into a factory with no health-safety regulations, no security, no benefits, etc. And the person accepts it because the alternative is that his children will starve. Fortunately, that form of savagery was overcome by democratic politics long ago. Should all of those victories for poor and working people be dismantled, as we enter into a period of private tyranny (with contracts defended by law enforcement)? Not my cup of tea.

- He wants to take away the unfair advantage corporations have (via the dismantling of big government)

“Dismantling of big government” sounds like a nice phrase. What does it mean? Does it mean that corporations go out of existence, because there will no longer be any guarantee of limited liability? Does it mean that all health, safety, workers rights, etc., go out the window because they were instituted by public pressures implemented through government, the only component of the governing system that is at least to some extent accountable to the public (corporations are unaccountable, apart from generally weak regulatory apparatus)? Does it mean that the economy should collapse, because basic R&D is typically publicly funded — like what we’re now using, computers and the internet? Should we eliminate roads, schools, public transportation, environmental regulation,….? Does it mean that we should be ruled by private tyrannies with no accountability to the general public, while all democratic forms are tossed out the window? Quite a few questions arise.

- He defends workers right to organize (so long as owners have the right to argue against it).

Rights that are enforced by state police power, as you’ve already mentioned.

There are huge differences between workers and owners. Owners can fire and intimidate workers, not conversely. just for starters. Putting them on a par is effectively supporting the rule of owners over workers, with the support of state power — itself largely under owner control, given concentration of resources.

- He proposes staying out of the foreign affairs of other nations (unless his home is directly attacked, and must respond to defend it).

He is proposing a form of ultranationalism, in which we are concerned solely with our preserving our own wealth and extraordinary advantages, getting out of the UN, rejecting any international prosecution of US criminals (for aggressive war, for example), etc. Apart from being next to meaningless, the idea is morally unacceptable, in my view.

I really can’t find differences between your positions and his.

There’s a lot more. Take Social Security. If he means what he says literally, then widows, orphans, the disabled who didn’t themselves pay into Social Security should not benefit (or of course those awful illegal aliens). His claims about SS being “broken” are just false. He also wants to dismantle it, by undermining the social bonds on which it is based — the real meaning of offering younger workers other options, instead of having them pay for those who are retired, on the basis of a communal decision based on the principle that we should have concern for others in need. He wants people to be able to run around freely with assault rifles, on the basis of a distorted reading of the Second Amendment (and while we’re at it, why not abolish the whole raft of constitutional provisions and amendments, since they were all enacted in ways he opposes?).

So I have these questions:

1) Can you please tell me the differences between your schools of “Libertarianism”?

There are a few similarities here and there, but his form of libertarianism would be a nightmare, in my opinion — on the dubious assumption that it could even survive for more than a brief period without imploding.

2) Can you please tell me what role “private property” and “ownership” have in your school of “Libertarianism”?

That would have to be worked out by free communities, and of course it is impossible to respond to what I would prefer in abstraction from circumstances, which make a great deal of difference, obviously.

3) Would you support Ron Paul, if he was the Republican presidential candidate…and Hilary Clinton was his Democratic opponent?


Posted by arely staircase | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 06:17 PM (0 replies)

Ron Paul and Liberty

Some years ago I was transcribing recorded oral histories of people who had taken part in sit-ins to protest segregated lunch counters in Dallas. The story that hit me the hardest was the one of a teenage girl who endured cigarrette burns to her body (an attempt by the owner to get the "nigger" out of his restaurant.) When she gave the oral history - some 30 years later - she till had those burns on her body.

Now there is a story in which Ron Paul and I can both find a heroe - its just not the same person.
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Dec 28, 2011, 02:56 PM (0 replies)

oh yeah you right the president has nothing to do with domestic policy

if ron paul had his way there would be no medicare, medicaid, social security, progressive income tax, minimum wage, worker safety laws, federaly subsidized school lunches and breakfasts, federal student loans or "evil" federal "goons" telling private property owners such as restaurant owners that they can't refuse my family service.

Don't act like you don't know these things. Sure, maybe he couldn't get those things done - but not for lack of trying.

Thanks but no thanks - I'll take my whishy-washy, moderate dem. prez over a right wing utopian (dystopian) enemy of every social policy that has helped the poor, elderly and working class American for three-quarters of a century
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 11:08 PM (1 replies)

i think he's done some great things

i also think he's done repulsive things (as you note) but with the other guys you get the bad things he's done, none of the good things he's done and a big stinking pile of more bad things like: destruction of social security, medicair and now child labor laws.

So for me it isn't lesser of two evils, its dissapointment vs. evil.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:19 PM (0 replies)

Anarchism is what casts the shadows on my Platonic wall cave.

But operating in our restrictive political system I look for the policies that spread and devolve power - ie I back a government run health system because it removes power from a handful of corporations and puts into the hands of an entity that can represent the people - once we get federally funded elections.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 09:02 PM (0 replies)

Thoughts on voting in a GOP primary

I live in the most godforsaken, reddest of the red counties in a glowing red state. We have no Dem., Green or other progressive running for congress or our state legislature. I will probably vote in the GOP primary because the state house race is between a crazy teabagger and a very conservative establishment guy who is relatively progressive on education (opposed recent budget cuts as well as vouchers and charter schools).

So the question is, who should I vote for for president? The craziest (and least electable) one? Or be reponsible and vote for the least crazy (and most electable)?

I'm guessing those are Paul and Huntsman respectively.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:43 PM (41 replies)
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