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Although the two major political par-
ties won't even discuss legalization as a
means of dealing with "the drug prob-
lems," thereis one presidential candidate
on the ballot who is calling for legaliza-
tion of all drugs as a major part of his
campaign platform. Ifyou plan to vote in
the upcoming elections, you should read
this profile of Ron Paul, LibertarianCan-
didate for president.
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y the lime you read thi s. the 1988 presidential electi on will
only he a few weeks away. If vou're a ca nnabis cons ume r;
voti ng in this el ect ion will pmbahlv be one of the must diffi -
cult deci sions YOU'H > ever made. Afte r all . the contende rs from
both major parties aTC call ing for an expanded " War e n Drugs."
However, there is one candidate who wan ts 10 legal ize AI..! . drugs.
His name is Dr. HemPau l and he represent s the Libert ari an Par ty.
Paul's Hallie will appear on ball ots ill al most every stale .
"" don't think there should be any laws outlawing the use of
dru gs," says Paul , 5:-( "It's always heen amazi ng to me how hypo-
critica l the members of Congress have I W(' I1, talking about dru gs,
and getting poli tical benefit 0 111 of the issue, giving s peec hes on
the HUIISC about hard drugs. while some of them have been
hal f-inebri at ed on alcohol. I think dru g laws are the number one
reas on why we have so much crime in this country. and if we seri-
ously want to talk about reducin g cri me. we must get ril l of drug
laws. The peopl e who like the dru g laws are the people making
money off the drugs, the Mafi a-t ype organi zations."
He mea ns it. As a four-t erm Hepuhlican Congressman from
Texas between 1976 and 1984. Paul voted again st all federal leg-
islation designed to give government more power to fight dru g use .
" My voting reco rd could be c haract erized as libertarian-free mar -
ket, " he Si.l YS, " I prefer the term non-int erventioni st. "
In Novembe r, Paul will be on rhe ballot in at least 45 stales , and
possibl y all 50 . along with the District of Columbia . if hallot ac-
cess efforts are success ful. His running male is Andre Marron. a
one-t ime Libertarian stat e legisl ator from Alaska, the only stale
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where ca nnabis cul tivation is legal. Th e party is prohahl v stronge r
in Alaska than any othe r s tate. In 1980. Libe rtaria n pres identia l
candidate Ed Clark, a n attorney, garnere d 12 pe-rce nt of IIH' vote
st atewi de. In nu merous co mm unit ies , Clark ou tpu lle d [h- moc ra t
J immy Curte r and indepe ndent John Anderson. In 19B2. Dick
Randolph , a then-Libert arian state legisl at or, receive-d 1;) 1H'ITent
of the vote in the race for governor. Perhaps not coinc-i dent al ly,
official s in Ju nea u, the state ca pital. so me t imes discuss politi cs
over a joint inst ead of a lcohol. tile preferred drug of pol iticians in
the lower 49. Paul expects to perform wdl in Al aska this yea r.
Some part y offi cials prt '4l ict he will finish second in the state this
Nove mbe r.
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he l .ibe- rtariun Partv has ut trart e-d r-on se-rvati ves, tudi rul«.
and lilu-ral s. Its pl atform is a sweepin g iudic-tnu-nt o! gOH'rJI4
ment. A11govern me nts . I.ihcrtariuns i.ldYlwlI!t' c-i vi I 1ilx-rtir-....
in personal affai rs. a luis.... (·z-fa il"l" syste-m ill the l·('OIlOlll i(' realm
a nd a non-inn-rveu tioni st forei gn pol i(·y. Tllt' y suppcut tilt' aboli-
tion of vic timless cri me laws re-gulati ng drugs , /!i.lll1 hlillj! . P0I'l104
gra phv, prus fi tut ion und sexual prefe-n-ncv. Tl wy ud vocun-
elimination of federal ft' g'ul atnry .... uch ; j,.; tilt" EP:\ . :C.
FTC. ICC a nd ulso c-all fur witlul filW'll [nun
:'lATO and othe r milit ary all iune-e-s , and all end 10 draft n-ai stra-
lion . as well as the abolition of lilt' FBI and tlu- C1 .\ . \\ 'as hillJ! loll
would bec-ome a ghost town tinde r a Libe rta ria n administrution .
" This is a very inten-stin g quest ion : ' Paul responds good-nu-
turedl v, when as ked whic h fede ra l agency he woul d aboli sh first.
" In many ways it is a t ou gh question for 11)(' he-c-a use the n' a re so
ma ny government agen ci es I woul d like to aholjs h." Libertarian s
ha ppily refer to the abolit ion of agen cies as "pus hing: the but ton."
Pau l's persona l preferenc-es are the IRS and Fed eral Res erve Svs-
tem. "A s lung as the long arm of the ..r nment tax collector i-,
O\'er us. nul' libert ies are threatent.·(I.... he says.
Pau l would a lso pu sh tht.' hu tto n Oil the DEA. " I don' t knnw of
any reason to ha"e il.- he says. The party's platform ;-u lvo(:ith's
repeal of a ll laws the pmdll d ion . sale. posse ssion or
use of a nd of all nwdi ('al prescript ioll requirenu'll ls fin' Ihe
pllI'ch ast' of vi tami ns. drugs. and simila r su bs lances : ' In ca s(' you
were wondering. Liber tarian s woul d als o push the button 011 the
FDA.
"' TIlt' ease nareoti(' an d dmgs
is far than the against Prohihition. an expt.'ri me nt
which the era of the: 1920s has hop(' fully discredited for all
times." Dr. 1\ l urray Hothhanl ar gues in his hook ForA New U berty .
Rothh,," 1i!' someti mes (·alle(lt lle Karl ofl ihertaria nism. His
hook is n·quirt·d for party aeti \'ists. " For while nareuties
ar e undoubtt·tlly more ha rmfullhall is aleohol. the lalt t"r ( ',11\ also
he harmful. and outlawill g !'omet hing he cause it may harm the
ust' r It'ads s tra i/!ht do wn the path 10 our totalit ari an
where peopl e are prnhihiled from eatinv; ca ndy and fon' l'd to
ca t ' for Iheir own lI owe\,(' r. in the far more imposi ng:
argunwnt ha rm Itl ot hers. a k Hhol is lllueh li kdy
to lead tn (·rime. au to ae ('idents . et c. , than nareoties: whieh ren -
dt'r the user preternaturall y p(' acd ul and passiH". Tl wrt, is. of
course . a \'t'ry ('UI1IH·(·tion het wt·t·1l addiction and ('rime.
hut the ('o(1flection is the of any ar/;!:lIment for prohibit ion.
Cri mes an' ('ommittetl addiets driwn to thdt hy the- priee
of (·all s(·d by the nutl awry itself! If 1l1.1Tcoties wefC legal. the
stlpply would /;!: rt'al ly incn' ase, Ihe hig h ('os ts Hf black markds and
poli ce payoffs would disa ppear, and the pri ee would he low
en ough to e1illlina lt>mosl addid-eaus ed erinw."
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Tilt' li bertarian opposi tion to drug laws is twofold. First . they
drug laws on moral grounds. A central tenet of Iibertariun-
is m l'xplai n{' d hy Hothbanl is that (" Try pc rstm is the owner of
the ir own hod y: S(·e-oIHll y. libcrt ari uns ut ili ze an f'('(JflOm i c argu-
me nt to show thai dr ug laws c-reat e scan'i ty hy artificiall y restri ct -
ing suppl y. d ri vin g lip pr ic('s and c-rentiug a lucrati ve market for
criminal d eme nts to e- xploi t . Legal ize dru gs. argues Rothbard . an
economi st . and prices will fall. eli mi na ting the enormous profits.
'·1support the abolition of drug laws for two reasons ," Paul says.
"OJH', lilt' govc m rneut shouldn't haw the rig ht to tell people what
10 (10with t he-ir own bodi e s . Two. drug laws do n't work . One is a
mural a rgume nt . TIlt' second is an economic po.... ir ion."
Had it not bcen for Richard Ni xon. rln- Libertarian Part y pro-
hahlv would no t exist.
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II 1971 . Nixon imposed wage- an d-pric-e controls on the
Ame-ric-an ("(·ollomy. Within days. a sma ll group of Colora do li-
bc rta ri nns we-re meeting ill De nver to discuss formi ng a thi rd
poli tical party. Their dec-ision ,.. 'as nut a diffi cult one. Vietnam.
whi ch libert arians oppos ed , was ragi ng, and a Iull -sculc c-rack-
down 0 11 civi l liberti es hat! OCCUlTed under Nixon. Fur li bertar-
ia us. wagc-and -priee c-ontrols we-re the straw that br oke the
('amt,rS luu-k. Th ey their first national convention in J uly
1972, 011 till' sa me wee-kend the Water f;!: at e break-in U('('lIITe(1 in
\\'ashingt(lIl.
.loh u Ho.... pcrs , the Libe rt ar ian Party's first ca ndidat e for preei-
dent. gnrnercd onlv .').()()Ovote s in two state s that year. But Hoger
J\1a('Bridt·. 11 prcs ident iul elect or pl ('dged 10 Nixon . des ert ed the
Hcp uhln-ans and east his electora l vote for Hospers 1.lIH I ' Ionic Na-
than. his running malt' . (Nat han"'" electoral vote prece-ded by more
than a dt'eade the \'tllt>:,- cast fur Democrat Leraldi ne Fe rraro in
19H.l . N<tthall alld are the only women in Ameri(·an history
to han- ret'l· in,.I elt'c loral ,"olt'S. t Ho!'pt.·rs. a professor.
lall·r gained notoriety lj,r anolhe r n'ason . In 19HU. Ihl' US State
Depar1nlent th reatellt'd II) Il os pers and othe r li4
Iwr tarhllls f<)r Ihe ir invo!wme nt in an allUrti ve efforttl) es lahlish a
fn'l' " Hukl'! uto pia 0 11 an island eha in in the ::;oulh Pacific. In-
c lllC!l ·d in the proposed (·lltllltr y's constit uti on was a meas ure
izing marijuana. \V1lt'n authorit ies seized Jimmy Stevens. a
(' harisrnatic tri bal ch i(·ftai n who favured Ihe libertarians' effort s,
they found kava. a natin- ha lluci nogenie. in his pO.... sl·ssioll.
defcc·tion from Nixon so pl eased the Lihel1arialls
tht.'\' dt'eided to 011I him for Pre sident in 1976. MaeBride. an at -
ft.'(·eived 17B-UnO\'Otes in :,- tules. The total sUl'pa:'ised
all or' the other minor part ies (·(lInh ilwd . But it was in IYHOtha t the
Lihert arian s really hit full s peed . Ed Clark aehiew d hall ol status
in all ;; 0 states and reeein'd almost a mill ion votes. Al a \'ietory
part y afte rward . juhil a nt party adivis ts cdehralt' d hy li/!hting up
joi ut s. Th e yea r, ma riju an a from a hospit alit y
suite operat ed by the Libert arian Party Had ical Ca ucu s al lhe par-
ty's natiunal cOIl\'{'ntion ill D('nver was :,-o thi ck that hok l !,(·(·urily
threaten ed to shllt the room down. For pa rty aeti\'is ts. were
the old days.
Thel"(> has bee n litt le to eelehra te sinee. Beset hy inte rnal
squabhling. the party ran DU\'id Heq,dand. an allonwy, for presi-
dent. Bergland ac hieved ba llot sta tus in only 38 states, and ft.' -
('ei,\'ed onl y votes. Th e next yt'ar, the part y·s monthl y
newsp;lper re(Juced puhlieal ion to six ti mes a nnua lly. where it re-
mai ns today. lead n s do not seem coneernt'd. though the
smaller \'Ote total s and ina hil ity 10 pu bl ish can be interprete d as
cvidcllec of decline . A small of ae ti vists known as the
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Li Lertarian Republican Organizing Committee (LHOC)even de-
fected and decid ed to work within the Republi can party. "The
Libertarian Part y, lik e virtually every other third party in Amer-
ica , had it s place in history," argues Eri c Garri s. nat ional di rect or
of the tROC. "The LP was a ph enomenon created as a result of
Water gate and the Vietnam War. 'fcl da)', however, the batt le be-
tween the forces of peace and war, and fre edom ver sus govern ment
control, is going 011 in the Hepuhlir -an Part y," In 19 78. Garri s was
an organize r in Sa n Francisco Proposition W, an ini tiat ive order-
ing the local dist rict att orn ey and poli ce to nol enforce or PIDSC-
cute indi viduals invol ved in using, culti vating or se ll ing mari -
ju ana. The mea sure passed with 57 percent of the vote. but a more
rad ical measure organized by Garr is in 19HO that sought aboliti on
of the vice squad received onl y :m percen t of the vote.
Libertarians dis agree . Wary of its decl ine , the part y nominat ed
Paul as their presidential candidate in Seatt le last September. In
1988 . the Libert ari ans expect to fiel d 250-500 candidates for
public office at the federal , state and locallevels . \Vhile the party
is down , it is by no means out. Nationa l Director Paul jacob notes
more than 80 members cur rently hold elective and appointed po-
sitions nat ion wide. He expects tha t number to increa se thi s year,
alon g with membership, which currently total s 7.000.
For those who do join the part y. running for office is not always
as easy as it sounds. Ballo t access laws erected by the Democrat s
and Republicans force the Libertarians and other minor parties to
spend most of the money they rai se on petition drives, instead of
adverti sing and promotion. "Our limited resources have to be
spe nt on ballot access, and that mak es it very difficult." Paul no-
ted . Funding ca n a lso be a problem. In keeping with their oppo si-
tion to government, the Libertarians refuse to 'accept federal
mat ching funds. "A third party that refuses to take government
money on pri nciple has to ra ise money from other sources," Paul
sai d. "Th e spec ial interes ts ce rtainly aren' t going to provide that
money be cause the y're only looking for special favors. and the y
know those favors won't come from us." Paul expects to rai se 85
million from private citize ns.
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t first glance. Ron Paul appears to be jus t another poli ti-
cian. His hair is Sh0l1, his suits arc three -piece and hi s
dra wl is Texan. But whe n Paul ope ns hi s mouth it is cl ear he
advocat es rad ical soc ial change for Ame ri can society.
"It's a farce, a total failure and it should he abandoned." Paul
says of Rea gan's \Var On Dru gs. "Nancy Reagan ca me out and
sai d ' Anyone who buys a marijuana cig arette contributes to the
dru g wars and killing: and therefor e they creat ed the drug deal-
ers. I think that's turned upside down. The drug dealer is created
by the law. 'Ii)say that IWl"sOr) Swho usc drugs creat e thi s system is,
I thi nk. completely wrong." Ja cob adds, " Ronald and Nancy
Hcagan are hypocrites. They' ve blown the dru g issue into mass
hyst eria. hut tolerate-d :\Iichael Deaver, someone with a very seri-
ous problem. Basically, Deaver 's a drunk. So howdid the Reagan's
respond! Did they tell him to see k counsel ing for hi s al cohol prob-
lem! Did they launc-h a nationwide war aga inst alcohol use? No.
They went on the supposit ion that alcoh ol use by the Republi can
cou ntr y cluh set is legitimat e , even when it leads to alcoholism,
while any kid ca ught with a j oint should he thr own in the slammer.
That certainl y qu alifi es, in my book. as hypocri sy"
Paul and Jacub. who is 27. compleme nt each other nicel y.
Paul's appe-al appears greater when dealing with older audiences,
while .lucoh breaks ground with younge r crowds. But one episode
ill ustrates the pair's (·om mitmenl.
On Jul y 4.198 1, Jacob, then 2 1, went underground to fight
draft registration. In Septembe r 1982, he was indict ed for refusing
to regi st er with the Se lective Se rvice Sys tem. Libertarians oppose
registration and the draft as infringement s on indi vidual rights.
But by the time he was indicte d , Jacob was long gone. Under-
ground. he dre w payments from a s peci a l fund and worked odd
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jobs lined III' hy Libertarian suppo rters . j acob avoided the FBI for
over two years . hut was ultimatel y captured in December 1984.
Other politi cal parties would have dis owned any member indicted
for resi sting the draft, hut not the Libertar ians. Th ey united be-
hind Jacob. During a two-day trial in Jul y lY85. in Littl e Rock ,
Arkansas, Paul testified in Jacob's defen se. Asked by a defense
attorney if he supported Ja coh's pos it ion on the draft . Paul re-
sponded , " Absol utely, I mean . it is the pos ition tha t only count-
geous peopl e can hold and act ion only courageous peopl e can
tak e." Under <.TO:-;S examination. a prosecu tor. Assistant US Attor-
IWy Sandra Cherry. showed Paul a copy of Jacob's voter registra-
tion card. On it, jacob had writte n "Go Smash The State. "
" Is that an opinion or an atti tude that you think finds support
among people of your ph ilosophy'!" Cherry asked.
"Well. you know, as far as I'm concerned the state is massi ve,"
Paul responded. "The las t couple yea rs I was in Congress I voted
against 99 percent of the expendit ures of the state mainly because
we' re being driv en int o a bankrupt st ate. I don ' t lise tha t type of
lan guage. I don't use those words. But if you took my voting re-
cord , I certainly would reduce the state in a very significa nt man -
ner. because the state now is encroac hing on our personal
liberti es . It's encroac hing thro ughout the world on a dail y basi s on
what the y are doing and a lso in the economy, and for thi s rea son, I
think the state itself is a thr eat to us. It' s a thr eat to the individual
liberti es , not only of Paul .lacoh but to every s ingle solitar y per son
in this country. So ther efore, I think the verb is one that I wouldn't
have chosen , hut I certainly would choose words like 'significa ntly
redu ce " the rol e of government over our lives: ' Despite the testi -
mony, Jacob was convicted and ultimatel y served four months, 27
da ys in pri son .
There is an adage part y act ivist s repeat. Libert ari ans go to jail
before the y are el ect ed to office; Democrats and Republicans to to
jail ofter they have been el ect ed . In recent years. othe r Libertar-
ians have been incarcerated. for resist ing what "they term "the
Stale.... Tim Lewis. thc part y's 1984 vice -pres ide nt ial candidate,
was convicted on federal charge s of willful failure to file a federal
income tax return and sentence d to one year in pri son. J.ibert ar-
ians support abolition of the income lax as un constitutional.
Norma Jean Almodovar. who ran for California lieutenant gover-
nor in 1986. was con victed last year of solic iting. Almodovar is a
former pol icc meter mai d turned ca ll gi rl. She maintains her harsh
three- year pri son sentence is an att empt hy California authorities
to sil ence her for writing a book 011 poli ce corruption in Los
Angeles. Other libe rtarians have tak en up the cause of Lewi s and
Almodovar. " We don' t abundun our fallen," says .\l ark Ford. na-
tional direct or of the Libert ari an Student Network (I.SNI. the larg-
es t libertar ian youth group in the co untry,
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.on Paul's radicalism extends beyond legali zing dr ugs a nd
abolishing the DEA. Paul says he would cons ider using ex-
ecutive cl emency to pardon persons convicted under fed-
e ral victi mless crime laws.
Pau l opposes mandatory random drug testing. He condemns
forme r Dela ware Governor Pi erre S. " Pete" Dul 'onfs prop osal 10
test teenagers. l Iul'out, a former ca ndidate for the Republican
presi dent ia l nomina tion . advocates testing teens a nd laking a way
their driver's licenses-if they d OIl'1 pass. "1thin k Dul' ont's idea is
horrib le," says Pau l. "Drug testing tee nagers is another example
of politicians not rejecting the idea that government power makes
people bet ter;" Ironically, Dul' ont's abortive campai gn for the He-
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publican nomination dr ew the support lIf Edward H. Crane II I.
president of the Cato Institute. a neo-libert ariun think tank in
Crane is an ex-party member;
Paul char act erizes Gt'orge Bush. the Hepuhlir -an ca ndid ate. as
"the epitome of the Establ ishment. Hush would do absolutely
nothing to move us toward a free soc-i ety, He represents the big
hanks and the big corpo rations . His would not he a n admini stra-
tion for individua l libert ies, es pec ially on all issue such as mari -
j uana decrimi nal izat ion.'
Democrat ic frontrunner Jesse j ac kson, accordi ng to Paul. is
authoritarian on the dru g issue . " 1th ink Jackson is a demagogue
on the issue of drugs. His solut ion is reall y to become an ultra-
conservative on the issue. He wouldn ' t hes itate to test. He
wouldn' t hesitat e to use the mi litary again st d rugs. He wouldn' t
hesitat e to throwmore peopl e in prison. Il l' wouldn' t hesitate to be
a drug cza r, You can imagine what j esse Jackson has in mi nd if
elected president ."
Paul is especially cri tic-al of polit ic-ia ns who atte mpt to exploit
anti-drug sentiment by calling fur harsher laws although they have
personal substa nce abuse problems. "My guess is that the number
of alcoholics in Longress is slightly higher than the average allwng
the population. You ca n imagi ne that's a prett y high number of
people! Certain members Ill' Congress have been known to he on
HI think drug laws are the number one
reason we have so much crime
in this country. "
drugs. Certainly a large majority us e al cohol. That 's hypocr isy of
the wurst sort when they turn around and vote for more laws,
.., think politici ans nm scared," Pa ul says. "They run seared
and away fr om princi ples. What WI' need from poli ticians is lead-
ershi p un the iss ue instead of zombies who re bo und to thei r own
perc-eptions or follow opinion pulls that aren' t done corrl'd ly."
Paul eontends memhers of Congress are mOl i\'uted mun' hy po-
litical expediency than pri ncipl e when taekli ng the tJrug issue.
He likes to cite one example from his teHure in Washington. -:\
fe.....- years ago. there was a minur request in Cungress to allowdoc-
tors to preseribe heroin to ('aTH'('r patients who were Ilying." ht' n' -
ealls. "The vote came up a nd less than 20% 'voted for the measure
That is aver)" puor showing. The t ruth was , the large major ity of
members of Congress who were voting Oil thi s iss ue lIsed alcohol to
the extreme. as well as utller dnlgs, And yet. be('ause of Ihe politi-
cal ramifil' at ions. at least what the y tbought, they all bt"came
frightf!ncd and hypocritical. Some of them even told me, ' I ca n·t
vote to legalize heroin heeuuse my opponent in the e!edion will
use that against me and say I'm soft on dnl gs: That's how things
are done in
. " Ironieally. a lot of members of Congress professelJ sympathy
and understanding for the libertarian posit ion during 111)· t ime
therc. cven though tht' ir Iwrccptioll was that they could never gel
by taki ng the positions I was. I think I proved them wrung.
I always had the same posit iun 011 drugs. which was to legal ize
them. even when spea ki ng to a funda mentalist c hurc h somewhere
in rural Texas. Yet my oppone nts never made an issu e of Illy sta nd,
and I never lost a ran ' ove r it. I think the most interesting thing
about Congress. whe- ther they' re demugoguing the iss ue . or voting
agains t heroin laws, or whet her it was voting on a ny other law be-
fore them, is that many (If them often times felt compelled to come
to me ami ask what the liberta rian posit ion on the iss ue was. Or, if
you can bel ieve this. to expl ai n that deep down in thei r heart s they
we re libertaria ns. but of t-our... c Ihey coul dn' t vole thai way.
"I think they knowexact ly what to do a nd say," he "They' re
always looking to the next elec- tion. They believe. and so far
they've been able to pm\"(' this, that if they de magogue the drug
laws issue, c hances are they'll succeed. Those of us who under-
stand the drug issue from a phil osophical viewpoint , or an eco-
nomic viewpoi nt need to he heard ."
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t is no coi ncid ence that a nti-drug extremist Lyndon I..aRouehc
has targeted the Libertar ian s. Lalt ouch e advocates death sell-
tcnces for dru g deal ers, harsh prison terms for use rs and other
repressive me-asures . Laltour-lu- smea rs t he Libertarian Part y as
"a by-the-book 'Coint e- lpro" operati on of -Dope, Inc,' a nd pre-
dominantly British intel ligence networ ks. l.aft ouchc. in his own
inimi tabl e way. has attacked the Libert arian s. us t' a project of the
internat ional organ ized network known as 'Dope. Irlt' . : launched
through the Mont Peleri n Society front group of Count Ottn \ 'un
Hapsburg's nco-Nazi Pan-European Union. the terrorist Institute
for Poli('y Studi es (IPS). and 'liT linguistic ian/ hrai nwashe r Noam
Chomsky." Libertarian uppum-nts of Laltouche have bee n ver-
bally smea red as drug dealers, terrorist s and Soviet agents of
influe nce.
One would he hurd-pressed to find a political group t he more
polar opposite to Lalt ouche . whose pmgram is ess entially fascist,
than the Libertarians. In 0114' St.' II SI·, the Libertarians defy all CO Il -
ventio nal political definitions. Their e-conomic posi tions place
them 011 the right side of the s pec-t rum. yet the ir sta nds on ci vil
liberties and foreign pol it·y issues fall on the left. In a nother
se nse . ho.... eve-r; the Libertarians rep resen t a radica l depa rture
from the 20th Cen tury trend toward totalituriani sm of whi ch La-
Hour-he is prob uhlv the best conte mporarv example in the Unitt'd
Stall's. ( Jne need not agree with all. or eve n most of the Lihertar -
ians positions. 10 under sta nd they an' unti-totaliturian. - We"';e
lost our way," Paul says. " At 0111' ti me we c hampioned individual
libert v Hut in this cent ury, ess ent ially, l thin k we have bee- n on a
dangerou s t-oursc downwa rd that is now reac-hing a climax. W'e're
r-urn- ntlv in the midst of a \( 'ry import ant time in our nation's his-
tory. and I would say I le- an more toward fear that we're headed
toward not having a free society. Tha t sean'!' me-. But it also moti-
vates me to work harder for a free s()cil'ty.-
Paul desnihes the Iran-Colltra affair as - a tragiI' . hut natural
OUI I'OIl\(' of an iUIt'f ve nt ionist foreign policy t hat see ks to control
ev('I')' ('Olltltry it ea n gf' l its hands 011 ."" Ife does not dispute that a
see n' l j2;O\'t' rnment exists, and is aI·tiw' in the drug trade. .., don' t
dou bt that the CIA has heen involved in drug dealin g. The people
in po.....er are so arrogan t t hey will subvert lawa nd onler, the Con-
st itution. anything to get their way. [ ndergmund government is
\'ery, very A fn' l' soci et y ('annol exist whi le a se-
en·t government is eati ng away at its foundation.
"There are no outst and ing it-al it·is ill the DemolTati c anlJ He-
puhlit' an pat1ies, and the t·lect orate IS turned otTthis year." Paul
concludes. "Many people are prel lit't ing a ('lose el ecti on. to
10 percent of tilt:' \'ole I'mild the rae(' . Tbere's nu reason why
a lihertarian eand ida te might not ma ke a di fft'l"e lwe in sOllie
stateI:' . C\'t'll ..... in in a statl' or two out Wesl. That would lurn the
politieal system upside down." •