Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined 4

In my latest reading of Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom, Ron Paul discusses such issues as the American empire (he’s against it, saying that it’s counter-productive and that terrorism is a small problem compared to the magnitude of other problems out there, since terrorism takes far fewer lives), evolution (he doesn’t think that it’s inconsistent with God’s existence, and he believes that local school boards should decide how to handle the topic in schools), and the question of how we rank the Presidents (he cites a book that says that we shouldn’t assume the war-time Presidents are the best, but that we should look at who presided over peace and prosperity).

These were interesting discussions, both when I agreed with Ron Paul’s analysis, and also when I disagreed.  Ron Paul’s chapter on “Envy” stood out to me, however, because he argued that envy of the rich is behind the call to redistribute wealth.  I’ve heard that from a number of conservatives.  In terms of my opinions regarding public policy, I don’t care if someone makes more money than me or has more, newer, better, or fancier stuff.  What does concern me is that people are becoming bankrupted under our current health care system, that the middle-class and good jobs appear to be eroding, and that there are people who are suffering in poverty.  If a rich person has more than enough for his comfort, what is wrong with him contributing more in taxes so that these problems can be alleviated?  That’s not “envy”.

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined 4

  1. jamesroom964x says:

    I had to good fortune to meet Ron Paul last summer in New Hampshire. While I don’t agree with all his policies, he’s always well spoken and respectful, and I never see him descend to the same depths of partisan mud-slinging as many other candidates. That said, I agree with your point that redistribution is not always a function of envy. I think there is a large contingent that genuinely wants to see the middle class prosper, as is indicative of a healthy economy, and see the wealthy pay their fair share. What that fair share might be will always be the debate!

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Thanks for your comment, James! I’ve never met Ron Paul personally, but I, too, have admired what I’ve observed of him in terms of his demeanor.

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