Bill Anderson
LRC Blog
January 3, 2012

Don’t be fooled by Ron Paul’s libertarian thinking, warns the Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg. No, while Dr. Paul may be against the expansion of the powers of the federal government (and every DB writer knows that the only thing that makes us free is a federal government that completely controls our lives), this really is a ploy on his part and the part of his supporters to create a country that is utterly oppressive on the local level. She writes:

It might seem that Paul’s libertarianism is the very opposite of theocracy, but that’s true only if you want to impose theocracy at the federal level. In general, Christian Reconstructionists favor a radically decentralized society, with communities ruled by male religious patriarchs. Freed from the power of the Supreme Court and the federal government, they believe that local governments could adopt official religions and enforce biblical law.

So-called biblical law would require stoning of gays and other measures that would mirror the Taliban, she writes. (Not surprisingly, Goldberg misrepresents both Covenant Theology and the diversity of opinion of people who fall under that theological umbrella.) So there you have it: Ron Paul’s libertarianism is going to create a new American Taliban. Look for more of this kind of nonsense as clueless mainstream reporters try to write about someone who does not believe the State should be an object of worship.

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