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Sep 19, 1981

Politics, Ideas, and Freedom

Dr. Ron Paul has been a three-time candidate for President of the United States; as a Libertarian in 1988 and as a Republican in 2008 and 2012. He served for many years as the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 14th congressional district, and is widely known for his libertarian views and his criticism of the federal government’s foreign, domestic, and monetary policies.

In this video from a Council for a Competitive Economy event in 1981, Dr. Paul shares with the audience his views on how political philosophy can drive social change—in other words, how ideas inform politics. He also speaks briefly on U.S. monetary policy and the gold standard and answers audience questions. He is introduced by Richard Wilcke.