Zachary Foster: ‘Lessons from Ron Paul’s Leadership Failures’

Zachary Foster at LPNevada.org:

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In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the ghost of Yoda tells the aging Luke Skywalker that one’s own failures are the greatest lesson a teacher can pass on to a student. I completely agree with that lesson. I never sat around over tea and had an honest discussion with the libertarian legend, Congressman Ron Paul, but I was a volunteer with a rank and duties in the campaign, and I campaigned for him in multiple states. The whole time, I kept my eyes and ears open for years so I could pass on these lessons.

Nothing I’m about to say is a rejection or a condemnation of Dr. Paul. I write these criticisms so we can learn, improve, and never let these mistakes drag the libertarian movement down again.

Nothing can understate my admiration for Dr. Paul–the man, his work, and his message. Let me be the first to argue that the world is unmistakably a better place because of the work he’s done. That being said, I believe his own leadership failures are ultimately what hindered his chances of being President of the United States. The same issues also undermined the rest of us. If people are shocked or mortified to be reading this, then they’ve fallen victim to their own ideal illusions of their heroes they see on TV. Remember, human beings are fallible.

Now here’s what he did wrong.

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4 thoughts on “Zachary Foster: ‘Lessons from Ron Paul’s Leadership Failures’

  1. Gene Berkman

    Good overview of some of the problematic things that Dr Paul has done in his career that have made promoting liberty harder.

    One factual issue: Ron Paul was out of Congress when he published the infamous Ron Paul letters with racist content. Interesting that Mr Foster would invoke Dr Rothbard’s attacks on Police Brutality and his support for the Black Revolution to criticize the racist newsletters. All the evidence points to Dr Rothbard as the main author of the racist newsletters.

    And it was good to see someone take Dr Paul to task for his continued involvement in support of Republican candidates, now that he is out of office and no longer needs Republican support. After so many Libertarians and Constitution Party members worked in his campaigns in 2008 and 2012, and contributed millions of dollars to his many campaigns, Dr Paul does seem like an ingrate.

  2. Robert Weber Jr

    You didn’t mention his pandering to conspiracy theorists like birthers, 9/11 truthers, and others.

  3. dL

    One factual issue: Ron Paul was out of Congress when he published the infamous Ron Paul letters with racist content. Interesting that Mr Foster would invoke Dr Rothbard’s attacks on Police Brutality and his support for the Black Revolution to criticize the racist newsletters. All the evidence points to Dr Rothbard as the main author of the racist newsletters.

    I think the “good ol’ boys in Alabama” refers to Lew Rockwell. Of course, anyone who takes the time to look up Rothbard’s views in the 1960s will eventually find out about Rothbard’s views in the early 1990s
    http://rothbard.altervista.org/articles/right-wing-populism.pdf

  4. paulie Post author

    Lew is a yankee transplant. He was born in Boston. The LvMI orbit is full of yankees and foreigners, with relatively few genuine born and raised southerners despite being based in the deep south and kowtowing to neoconfederate revisionism and lost cause mythology.

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