Hey Bento, Merry Christmas, ho ho ho. Though of course as true Spinozists we resist the blandishments of organised religion, I still think we can join in the capitalist orgy of consumption with relative philosophical impunity. Also, we can certainly applaud the occasion of Jesus’ birth, as we are wholeheartedly in favour of his core products of “love, joy, peace, moderation, and goodwill to all men,” as Spinoza put it. Minus of course the whole salvation myth, violence, sexual repression and all that sort of thing, which seems to have followed as well.
We were early in our praise of Ron Paul, and the more people jump on the bandwagon, the prouder I am that we support this guerrilla insurgency striking at the barbarous heart of the GOP. If we see the US Constitution as a truly Spinozist document, as we should, and understand that his whole political platform is strict constitutionalism, how can we see him as anything other than the most Spinozist politician of our time? We are duty bound to support him, as I know you do, Bento.
I noted in our previous post on Paul’s ascendancy that “the WSJ has nothing to say about it, a sure sign the ConIntern are worried,” but now our favourite WSJ columnist, going over each candidate one by one, has covered “Dr. No” and come as close to an endorsement as I think a member of that op-ed board is capable, though she also notes
Mr. Paul isn’t going to be president. He trails in national polls, in no small part because his lack of a proactive foreign policy makes him an unserious candidate in today’s terror world.
A Paultard like myself would reply to this bald assertion by pointing out that if any foreign policy has proven itself unserious it would be hard to top the current administration’s. However, one senses the grudging admiration in every other paragraph. While we know the WSJ will endorse Guiliani (his foreign policy would certainly be very serious indeed, but not in a good way) or Romney, it is still very reassuring; it reminds me of the end of Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader turns out to be good after all. She concludes, talking of the other candidates
They shouldn’t dismiss the passion he’s tapped. If Mr. Paul has shown anything, it’s that many conservative voters continue to doubt there’s anything “heroic” or “compassionate” in a ballooning government that sucks up their dollars to aid a dysfunctional state. When Mr. Paul gracefully exits this race, his followers will be looking for an alternative to take up that cause. Any takers?
Of course they won’t take it up. The WSJ, the industrial/commercial part of the military-industrial complex, has has made sure of that by helping to create the current Republican monster, which is basically antithetical to anything Ron Paul, and Spinoza, have stood for. But at least they’re beginning to understand what they’ve done.
Other Ron Paul highlights:
this transcript from Meet the Press I think gives a good overview of the major points of his candidacy, warts and all. I think he comes off very well indeed, even in the dicier moments of the interview
I’m intrgued by his practical ideas for the last great bastion of state-owned monopoly, central banks; ideally he would get rid of them, but sensing that might lead to some interesting short term fluctuations in asset prices, he proposes an interim solution, viz remove the monopoly on legal tender. Make it so that licensed private bodies can print their own money, backed however by actual reserves of specie. We would all get paid in whatever currency we want. It is very similar to Hayek’s suggested solution to European monetary union, to be achieved not by creating a new, single currency, rather by making every EU currency legal tender in every EU country. Again, the soundest money would have tended to predominate; Italians would have opted to get paid in Deutschemarks, most likely. We Brits could have kept the Queen on the Pound in our pockets, though we would keep our actual savings accounts stuffed with dodgy kraut money. True, it would have meant some minor inconvenience counting change at the newsagents; but these costs would have been nothing compared what we actually ended up paying to retire all the national currencies and come up with an entirely new one.
Yeah, maybe Ron Paul won’t end up president; but wouldn’t it be good if he did?