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.