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Ron Paul on Anarchism


The distinction that Paul draws between himself and the anarchists is that Paul sees some value in political action, while anarchists, whom Paul does not criticize, see no value in political action. He goes on: "If somebody is an anarchist.... and they don't go and shoot up the government...that's a great idea."

"Anarchy is no threat to me." On "opting out": [Referencing the Amish and Mennonites as an example] "An Individual should be allowed to do that, and get no benefits from the government, or a group should be allowed to do it." [In an apparent reference to Fourierist communities and similar groups] "A libertarian society gives full permission for voluntary socialism... but socialists will never endorse the idea of you having your personal liberty..."

Ron Paul "To be an Anarchist is a great idea"


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