I had to make this about Ferguson and the shooting of Mike Brown. I've been obsessed. This, I feel, is the kind of thing that could finally start a new revolution. Neo-Liberalism has pushed us into a corner and it is this that might finally spark a peaceful revolution.
I knew it was going to be about Ferguson, mainly because I have some serious issues with Rand Paul's op-ed in Time magazine. It's very good, but there are several glaring problems with it.
First of all, there's the timing. This op-ed, which as far as I know is not plagiarized, is timed so we will forget he was afraid of a couple of dreamers when he was eating with Steve King. He's a politician, so of course he's going to take advantage of this. And he is doing it in a way which is to deflect his apparent racism.
Secondly, it contradicts with his world view. He has said before, he is open to militarizing the state police, as long as it's the state droning someone with $50 and a gun leaving a gas station without a trial. Remember that?
Rand Paul is all for not only the shooting of Brown, based on that, but is also okay with the state having military weaponry. As the great Cliff Schecter once said:
That's because Libertarians are the foot soldiers of a fascist state.
This isn't the only time he has been on the wrong side of civil liberties, he is also for profiling. Here is Rand Paul: “I’m not for profiling people on the color of their skin, or on their religion, but I would take into account where they’ve been traveling and perhaps, you might have to indirectly take into account whether or not they’ve been going to radical political speeches by religious leaders. It wouldn’t be that they are Islamic. But if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after— they should be deported or put in prison.”
You don't believe me, he said this on Sean Hannity's Radio show back in 2011:
If you read the op-ed, he clearly understands why the people are upset, which is good. But then, like always, he blames big government for the problem. No, Rand, the problem is you. Your policies *ARE* the problem. Neo-Liberalism created this mess with less government! This is exactly what Neo-Liberalism and Libertarianism leads to; to a police state.
So when Rand Paul writes in 2014 "Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has incentivized (sic) the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement." It's not big government because we the people are supposed to be the government, and we the people don't want this, private interests want this. That's why they bought the government.
Rand Paul looks up to Frederich Hayek, the founder of the Austrian school of economics. Hayek is a very interesting guy, and he called himself a liberal, hence where the term "Neo-Liberal" came from. However, Milton Freidman and the Chicago School created the basis of modern conservatism, libertarianism and the fascist principals that rule our government. When Friedman's vision was rolled out in Chile after the CIA supported a military coup and installed Augusto Pinochet, who killed tens of thousands of people after killing their democratically elected president, Hayek said "Personally I prefer a liberal dictatorship to democratic government devoid of liberalism. My personal impression – and this is valid for South America – is that in Chile, for example, we will witness a transition from a dictatorial government to a liberal government."
I don't think Hayek's definition of liberal is the same as mine.
His Liberal is what morphed into Libertarianism, and is commonly referred to as "Classical Liberalism." It is defined as a political philosophy and ideology belonging to liberalism in which primary emphasis is placed on securing the freedom of the individual by limiting the power of the government.
This is why, like always, Rand Paul might be right on an issue but for all the wrong reasons. Because it's not "Big Government" that's the problem, but the privatization of government is the problem. Interests who don't have serving the people but serving the greedy self-interested. Paul plainly has put himself not in the camp of the people, but in the back pocket of what is really to blame: big business.
Rand Paul is either too stupid to be aware of inconvenient truths,or, like his hero Frederich Hayek, he ignores them when making his argument, because it is his ideas, or ideas he agrees with, that created the violence, the militarization, and the stand-off in Ferguson. When we remove government from the scene, something must fill the void. As the great Bayard Ruskin said:
Rand Paul, whether he realizes it or not wants to create a police state. His economics, philosophy, and the way he governs will eventually create a state like Chile under Pinochet or Iraq with Cliven Bundy's ISIS taking over and running Progressives into the mountain. No, Rand Paul, it's not "Big Government" that created the situation in Ferguson, it's you.
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