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An enigmatic and surprisingly successful politician, Texas Representative Ron Paul is unique among Republican candidates. He has strong traditional conservative bona fides: he supports cutting taxes, shrinking government spending, cracking down on illegal immigration, and outlawing abortion. But he is an equally passionate advocate for such seemingly progressive-left stances as ending the drug war, opposing military interventions in the Middle East, abolishing the PATRIOT Act, and constraining the Federal Reserve.
Despite such seeming contradictions, he has represented his conservative Texas district for twelve terms now, on and off since 1976, and has twice won the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where the right wing's most energetic young activists gather, in 2010 and 2011.
Paul has been condemned across the political and media spectrums as an unbearably radical kook since rising to national prominence with his 2008 presidential bid. But to his growing number of activist supporters, he is the only national politician standing for the Founding Fathers' vision of constitutional liberty. He has touched a constantly growing number of government skeptics who see the political status quo as increasingly unsustainable. In the early days of the 2012 primary season, Paul is capturing a surprising number of votes, highlighting a division between libertarians and big-government conservatism that will define the future of both the Republican Party and American politics.
In this indispensable guide, journalist Brian Doherty details Paul's career, traces the evolution of his ideas, and explores his significance in American politics. Ron Paul's rEVOLution introduces us to Paul's revolutionary ideological armies, many of them Americans previously divorced from the political process because they believe no one speaks for them. The Paul Revolution is a rising generation of cross-partisan activists concerned with government overreach. These supporters see this freethinking, plain-talking iconoclast as the lone leader prepared to grapple radically with the realities of a government crippled by debt that has dramatically expanded domestically and overseas.
BRIAN DOHERTY is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. He is the author of three previous books, including Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement and Gun Control on Trial. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and National Review, among other publications. He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including The O’Reilly Factor and Glenn Beck. He lives in Los Angeles.
Wish we had someone who could get elected and DO ALL that Ron Paul thinks we need to do.Published 4 months ago by g, batch
Very informative. Provides a good perspective on his life, not just as a politician. A good read for anyone interested in politics.Published on January 28, 2013 by capemaychristy
A really nice look at the Ron Paul phenomenon from a sympathetic fellow libertarian. The publication date of this book is a little awkward, as it stops well before the end of the... Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by RealityWizard
I will keep this short and sweet but this book was an interesting summary of the Ron Paul movement and the leader of it. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Nate Pohlman
I just finished this book, Doherty does a great job moving through the relevant timeline of Ron Paul's rise in American politics while keeping you eager to turn the next page. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by M. Smith
I was drawn to this book because I have been an avid follower of Ron Paul for a few years now and because I came in relatively late to the movement (being only 21 years old now). Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Kristy Lehner
Brian Doherty's "Ron Paul's Revolution" is a stunningly lucid work (no surprise, him coming from the lucid and ultra-smart libertarian think-tank Reason). Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Patrick M. Blackburn