The Return of Ron Paul

Ron Paul changed American politics in a way that no single individual can claim:
it was Paul, a congressman from a rural district in Texas, who put libertarianism
on the political map. It was the movement he inspired — a movement driven largely
by young people — that has challenged the War Party like no other. Not even
the antiwar movement of the 1960s has done so much to change the American consciousness
when it comes to our interventionist foreign policy — and Paul’s new book, Swords
Into Plowshares: A Life in Wartime and a Future of Peace and Prosperity
,
encapsulates the spirit of the man and the seed he has planted.

Written in the form of a memoir, Swords Into Plowshares tells the story
of how Paul’s philosophical and political development made him into one of the
foremost champions of peace in the history of this country. Born in a small
farming community in Pennsylvania, young Ron grew up during the early years
of World War II and he relates that experience — the rationing, the war propaganda,
the deaths that impacted his friends and family — from the perspective that
only wisdom and distance can grant. No, he wasn’t born a libertarian — that
came later — but he instinctively recoiled at the tragedy and regimentation
that wartime America engendered. Through the Korean “police action” and then
into the Vietnam era — when Paul, by then a medical doctor, served in the Air
Force — the author recalls his growing alienation from the rah-rah “patriotism”
and unthinking belligerence expected of all “good” Americans during that era.

By the time Paul was elected to Congress
as a Republican, in 1976, he had become convinced that the foreign policy of
the Founders — friendly relations with all, entangling alliances with none —
was the best prescription for peace and prosperity. Unfortunately, not many
of his colleagues agreed with him.

 

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