Ron Paul is the real-life Ron Swanson.
For those who don’t get the reference, you’re missing out. Ron Swanson is the director of the Parks and Recreation Department on the fictional NBC tv show Parks and Recreation. He is also a diehard liberatarian who doesn’t believe government is useful.
I’m watching Ron Paul’s 2012 candidacy announcement, which aired Friday, on Cspan right now and, while entertaining, I don’t agree with what most of Paul is saying. Much like Swanson, he advocates for a ‘put people in charge of themselves’ system of government. However, his system is too idealistic. He says that heroin should be legalized, as should most other drugs, because you’re telling people they can make their own choices but they WILL be held responsible. However, how do you justify this to the victims of their actions- either directly, as in the case of people who get run over by drunk drivers, or indirectly, as in when they cost their family, or the state, hundreds and thousands of dollars in incarceration, paying back debts, emotional toil, the list goes on?
I think the problem with libertarian forms of goverment is that they’re just too optimistic. If you really believe that if left alone, people will act their best, then how do you account for all of the tragedies in the world? There has to be some sort of system to manage, regulate, bring people to agreements. I’m not saying that power should be taken out of the hands of the people, but rather that the people should be EMpowered by allowing them to make rules which protect them from each other. I’m a Hobbesian, what can I say?