Who Is Ross Ulbricht? Piecing Together The Life Of The Alleged Libertarian Mastermind Behind Silk Road

A fascinating story. The interview Forbes conducted with Ulbricht, which was published about a month before he was arrested, is also worth reading. Ulbricht, like Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and other outlaws of the internet age, cited Ron Paul and “revolutionary” libertarianism as inspiration for his daring behavior. Who could’ve predicted that a small-town physician with a passion for Austrian economics would have this kind of effect on people?


Letter from Barney Frank and Ron Paul urges President Obama to respect state marijuana laws

November 13, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC    20500

Dear Mr. President,

We urge you to respect the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington and refrain from federal prosecution of the inhabitants of those states who will be following their states’ laws with regard to the use of marijuana.

We have sponsored legislation at the federal level to remove criminal penalties for the use of marijuana because of our belief in individual freedom.  We recognize that this has not yet become national policy, but we believe there are many strong reasons for your administration to allow the states of Colorado and Washington to set the policies they believe appropriate in this regard, without the federal government overriding the choices made by the voters of these states.

Respect for the rights of states to set policies on those matters that primarily affect their own residents argues for federal noninterference in this case, as does respect for the wishes of the voters – again, on matters that primarily affect those in the relevant electorate.  Additionally, we believe that scarce federal resources – law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, and penal – should not be expended in opposition to the wishes of the voters of Colorado and Washington, given the responsibility of all federal officials to find ways to withhold unwise or unnecessary expenditures.

We believe that respecting the wishes of the electorates of Colorado and Washington and allowing responsible state authorities to carry out those wishes will provide valuable information in an important national debate.  Our request does not mean any permanent waiver of the ability of the federal government to enforce national laws should there be negative consequences of these state decisions – which we do not believe are at all likely – and thus we have as a result of these two states’ decisions a chance to observe in two states the effect of the policy that we continue to believe would be wise for the country as a whole.  Those who disagree with us should welcome the opportunity to put their theories to a test.

Respect for the principles of democracy; respect for the states to make decisions on matters that primarily affect the residents of those states; the chance to conserve scarce federal financial resources – these we believe are many strong reasons for you to defer to the state decisions, and we believe that even those who do not share our view that personal liberty should dictate this result should have no objection to your acting on these principles in this case.

Rep. Ron Paul                                                                        

Rep. Barney Frank                                                         


Who Will Ron Paul Supporters Turn To?

Nick Gillespie discusses Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, and the Republican primaries. 


NYPD Spied on Lawful, Left-Wing Political Groups

Undercover NYPD officers attended meetings of liberal political organizations and kept intelligence files on activists who planned protests around the country, according to interviews and documents that show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities.

The infiltration echoes the tactics the NYPD used in the run-up to New York’s 2004 Republican National Convention, when police monitored church groups, anti-war organizations and environmental advocates nationwide. That effort was revealed by The New York Times in 2007 and in an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit over how the NYPD treated convention protesters.

The document provides the latest example of how, in the name of fighting terrorism, law enforcement agencies around the country have scrutinized groups that legally oppose government policies. The FBI, for instance, has collected information on anti-war demonstrators. The Maryland state police infiltrated meetings of anti-death penalty groups. Missouri counterterrorism analysts suggested that support for Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, might indicate support for violent militias — an assertion for which state officials later apologized. And Texas officials urged authorities to monitor lobbying efforts by pro Muslim-groups.


75% of Donations to Ron Paul's Super PAC Come from One Guy

His name is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook. According to CNN, Thiel has donated millions in support of the Paul campaign.

Niall Ferguson recently wrote a piece on Thiel in Newsweek.


Ron Paul is Exactly Right About America’s Racist Drug Laws

True racism in this country is in the judicial system. The percentage of people who use drugs are about the same with blacks and whites. And yet the blacks are arrested way disproportionately. They’re prosecuted and imprisoned way disproportionately. They get the death penalty way disproportionately.

If we truly want to be concerned about racism, you ought to look at a few of those issues and look at the drug laws, which are being so unfairly enforced.

- Ron Paul

The war on drugs, as Barack Obama once admitted in 2004, has been an utter failure. As we know from alcohol prohibition and now marijuana prohibition, making a popular substance illegal is a poor strategy for both decreasing use of the substance and for decreasing the potentially harmful effects of the substance. Some research has suggested that laxer drug laws may actually decrease the use of drugs. Portugal, for instance, has lower drug usage rates than the United States.

Despite the evidence which at the very least warrants an open debate about reforming America’s drug laws, few if any politicians are willing to embrace the issue. This is not the case with Ron Paul. For all his faults, Paul is the only candidate who seems to understand the far-reaching, dangerous effects of our strict drug laws and one of these effects is blatant racism.

The evidence strongly backs Paul’s statements. We know that there is a wildly disproportionate number of black people in prison, based on statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Justice.

We also know that two-thirds of federal inmates are incarcerated due to drug offenses. The number of people incarcerated in America has increased dramatically since the 1980s when Ronald Reagan began imposing a series of harsh laws and tactics to combat drug use. The passage of his Anti-Drug Abuse Act in 1986 caused an unprecedented rise in the number of incarcerated Americans. 


Within that act, Reagan imposed much harsher punishments for users of crack than users of powder cocaine. It should come as no surprise that powder cocaine was widely associated with rich white people, whereas the less expensive crack cocaine was associated with poor black people.

Although we have Richard Nixon to blame for starting the war on drugs, it was in fact Reagan who became the war’s true champion. While Democrats may have a slightly better record of loosening drug law punishments, both parties have by and large supported the status quo when it comes to drug laws, even though a majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana. 

Ron Paul, and to a lesser extent Barney Frank, has been the only prominent politician calling for an end to the war on drugs. Although Paul is marginalized because of this, he is bringing the topic up for consideration and debate at a national level. The first step towards gaining more support for reforming our drug laws is to force citizens, politicians, and law enforcement officials to explain and justify their positions on the issue. I have no doubt that when people are confronted with the evidence, slowly but surely things will change.


Why Ron Paul Appeals to Men Under 30

The notion that this year’s election is a choice between freedom (in the form of Paul) and tyranny (in the form of any other candidate) encapsulates Paul’s grand appeal to men in their late teens and 20s: He traffics in absolutes. Political scientists point out that age and newness to politics predispose young voters to a less nuanced view of the political world. They’re less likely to take the long view, less likely to have patience, less likely to spin out the implications of their political theories.

“The Ron Paul brand is actually relatively intellectual,” Cassino says. It’s “A brand that’s about, ‘I’m smarter than you are.’ … ‘All the politicians are telling you one thing but I know better.’ ” This is the brand for those who feel different, who see themselves as a little bit brainier and more marginalized than everyone else. “If you’re playing Dungeons and Dragons, this is your poiltical movement,” Cassino says.


So it's since been proven that the "China Jon" ad was created from within Huntsmans campaign. I can't post links in the ask box but just google "china jon end run" and the first link that comes up will have the story. What do you have to say about that? I guess Huntsman is the one fucking with you huh?


See that link above? That’s the part of Jon Huntsman’s official campaign site (Jon2012.com) that lists all mentions of Huntsman on twitter. This is where the video was mentioned on Huntsman’s site. If you quickly browse through all the articles and stories on his site, you will notice that the “China Jon” ad is nowhere to be found. In other words, the ad was only posted onto Huntsman’s site because someone else posted it on twitter.

The following statement from Rob Quigley, Jon Huntsman’s “senior media relations guy” was posted by someone below the “China Jon” video on youtube: "A quick note on the first referral issue on jon2012 com. That first video was shared multiple times on Twitter AND mentioned Governor Huntsman’s Twitter handle. Subsequently, those tweets would have instantly been pulled into the Twitter widget on the right half of their Take Action Supporter page jon2012(.)com/take-action/twee­ts"

Also, your source, “The End Run” is a New World Order conspiracy website. 

Just because Ron Paul opposes imperialism and unnecessary invasions of foreign countries doesn’t mean he has a liberal or progressive bone in his body. Paul is a nationalist and isolationist, staunchly opposed to multilateral organizations. This isn’t good for international peacekeeping or other humanitarian efforts, nor arms control. Paul opposes all foreign aid. Promoting democracy and human rights are of no interest to Paul, even through peaceful means.
If an individual was elected president and was determined to radically scale back the federal drug war, she or he could. This is not some crazy theory; it is a simple fact based on the actual design of our drug laws. Dramatically curtailing the federal drug war can be done as an action of the executive branch without needing the approval of Congress.

A President Alone Can End the Federal Drug War (via azspot)

Isn’t Ron Paul opposed to the President making executive decisions without Congressional approval?

(via azspot)


Bizarre ad from Ron Paul supporter attacks Jon Huntsman for speaking Mandarin, for adopting a Chinese daughter, and for supposedly having anti-American values.

This is probably just some rogue xenophobe, but let’s be clear: if you fuck with Jon Huntsman, you fuck with me and I am not nearly as polite and amiable as he is.