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Ron Paul Non-volution

Published on 2012-08-24
Results Are In

Earlier in this blog (see January), we discussed the prospects for the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign. While we didn't expect it to be successful, we did think it likely to teach some important lessons to people still expecting to resist tyranny from within the political system. Well, here we are a few days before the Republican party convention in Tampa, so it seems like a good time to check in and see how things appear to be going:

The Iron Fist in Tampa(external link)

RNC Pulling Out All Stops To Keep Ron Paul's Name Out Of Nomination(external link)

Clearly, rules don't matter, and neither does your vote. Only forms without substance remain. The heart of America is stilled but the corpse trudges on. The Soviet Union or Maoist China couldn't have done it any better.

An anarchist is someone who does not accept the right of the state to exist, or the legitimacy of its authority — over anyone. As an outcome of the 2012 election cycle, one would be foolish not to expect many thousands, perhaps millions, of new anarchists to be minted. The lessons are clear, and our principal expectation is materializing: the state can indeed turn back the liberty movement, but only at the cost of squandering much of its slender remaining stock of legitimacy.