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Ron Paul, Mark Thornton & Raw Milk

June 21, 2011 by

Ron Paul reportedly received a standing ovation after saying ”I think we ought to vote for the right to drink raw milk!” Little issues like raw milk may seem trivial compared to Paul’s usual talking points about the Fed, inflation, sound money, and endless foreign wars but we are starting to see that these quality of life and freedom of choice issues are just as important – if not more so – to the average working stiff. Dr. Mark Thornton’s article, Legalize Milk, Real Milk, got over 25,000 reads in about 3 days and Jeffrey Tucker’s Why Everything is Dirtier was just as popular.

What does this mean? I believe that it shows that most people have trouble following the many degrees of separation from entities like the Fed to rising prices and housing booms. And this is precisely what keeps the government safe from public outcry. If consumers notice that their favorite box of cereal used to be 16 oz but is now only 12 oz, they don’t curse Bernanke under their breath, instead they rail about greedy corporations trying to cheat them. They don’t realize that the producer is missing their earnings targets because of the rapidly increasing cost of raw materials and must shrink package sizes because consumers are unwilling to tolerate price hikes.

Ron Paul and Mark Thornton have realized that people can be reached by showing them more direct links between government and a declining living standard. They can see that the regulations promulgated by unelected bureaucrats at federal agencies like the FDA and EPA have a direct impact on their ability to go about their daily lives. This insight into what really matters to people, things like clean clothes and good milk, enables them to reach new, more broad groups of people and spark an interest in the philosophy of freedom.

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Capn Mike June 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I see a glimmer of a strategy here. Along the lines of “Would you want the people who gave you the Post Office to be in charge of your healthcare?
I think the crucial general strategy would be to convince poor Boobus that ALL govt. programs are equally horrific.
In concert, it needs to be made clear that THE GUMMINT IS NOT YOUR FRIEND! That bitch down at the DMV is typical, not the exception.
Anyhow, you jogged my thinking and I’ll cogitate on it.

nate-m June 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I’ve used that before in argument.
Something along these lines:

‘Have you ever had to stand in line for a drivers license or pay to plate your license?’

‘If so. Imagine being in that same situation, but now those people are in charge of deciding whether or not your mother gets cancer treatment.’

Jan Steinman June 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

Hyperbole only polarizes.

What you make fun of works well here in Canada. Yes, there are long waits for non-life-threatening things, but the system efficiently triages out the high priority things.

I can call my doctor in the morning and see him in the afternoon. For free. And yes, I know “someone” pays for my doctor visit, but the point is that those who are in dire need don’t have to add being able to afford health care on top of their pile of stress. And people who have less stress stay healthier and get better quicker.

But don’t take my word for it. Canada has greater longevity, fewer illness, and more years of healthy life — all on about half of what the US spends on health care. (7% versus 15% of GDP)

nate-m June 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

Hyperbole only polarizes.

Except it’s not hyperbole when it is the reality.

I can call my doctor in the morning and see him in the afternoon. For free. And yes, I know “someone” pays for my doctor visit, but the point is that those who are in dire need don’t have to add being able to afford health care on top of their pile of stress. And people who have less stress stay healthier and get better quicker.

Somehow I’ve never been denied access to a doctor. Neither has anybody I have ever known.

Even with people with no health insurance.

Imagine that.

Maybe your the one that has been listening to too much hyperbole.

But don’t take my word for it. Canada has greater longevity, fewer illness, and more years of healthy life — all on about half of what the US spends on health care. (7% versus 15% of GDP)

It’s still shit. Because the healthcare system in the USA is even a bigger pile, depending on what statistics you choose to follow, doesn’t make your system the solution for solving our problem.

Our system has been effectively socialized since the 1970′s. Well over 70% of the money comes from government healthcare services provided for individual systems and government regulations on prices and services are rampant. Drugs are regulated, doctors are regulated, hospitals are regulated, the prices and services offered are regulated.

So far it’s not working out too hot.

Scott Lazarowitz June 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Does this mean that Mark Thornton is running for president, too?

Jim P. June 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

These small issues are exciting in that they get people thinking along the lines of “what else can we apply the lesson to?” If you can understand liberty in terms of dish detergent, or raw milk, or something else – you can understand it about anything else too. The principles are the same.

Capn Mike June 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Amen Jim!

George Washington June 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Mr. Paul has a strong ground game, early fund raisers, high profile legislative endorsements, GOP fellow candidates who literally are echoing Mr. Ron Paul’s stead fast platform, supporters not only from 1 “party related team” but supporters who are democratic, libertarian, republican, and all others. Most importantly, all those people who feel kind of “snowed over” by all the failed campaign promises of Mr. Obama, realize now that ideology and rhetoric never supersedes substance and track record. Walk the walk and talk the talk. Mr. Ron Paul does just that.

Jan Steinman June 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

While I respect and admire Ron Paul on a number of issues, I wonder if he is up to resisting the mighty money machine that is necessary for a presidential run.

Until we get money out of politics, big money is going to continue to get exactly what they pay for in a candidate.

nate-m June 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

Until power out of the hands of politicians then they will continue to use that power to enrich themselves, their political allies, and to gain more power at the expense of everybody else.

We, very simply, cannot trust the government. They are not our friends, they are not there to protect us, and the democratic process is not enough to control people in government.

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