Ron Paul Warns America's "On The Verge Of Something Like 1989's Soviet System Collapse"

Authored by Damir Mujezinovic via Inquisitr.com,

Ron Paul does not believe the U.S. will break into separate countries, like the Soviet Union did, but expects changes in the U.S. monetary policy, as well as the crumbling of the country's "overseas empire."

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The godfather of the Tea Party movement and perhaps the most prominent right-leaning libertarian in America, Ron Paul, believes the economic boom the United States experienced under President Trump could be a “bit of an illusion.”

Mr. Paul sees inequality, inflation, and debt as real threats that could potentially cause a turmoil.

“the country’s feeling a lot better, but it’s all on borrowed money” and that “the whole system’s an illusion” built on corporate, personal, and governmental debt.

“It’s a bubble economy in many many different ways and it’s going to come unglued,”

In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner, Paul said,

“We’re on the verge of something like what happened in ’89 when the Soviet system just collapsed. I’m just hoping our system comes apart as gracefully as the Soviet system.

 

We have ownership of these countries, but it’s not quite like the Soviets did. I think our stature in the world and our empire will end, and that’s when, hopefully, the doors will be open.”

The crumbling of America’s “overseas empire,” as Mr. Paul calls it, could be a chance for the libertarian movement to captivate the country’s imagination by 2020.

The fact that the system is coming apart could be a big opening for the libertarians, Paul claims. However, it is not just Trump administration’s foreign policy that could play a part in this.

“I think the foreign policy is a total disaster. Trump’s approach sounds good one day but the next day he’s antagonizing everyone in the world and thinks we should start a war here and there," he said.

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The former politician and host of the popular Ron Paul Liberty Report podcast has been a vocal critic of the NSA’s surveillance program, the USA PATRIOT Act, the War on Drugs, and the government’s fiscal policies as a whole. Interestingly, the topic of one of Mr. Paul’s recent podcasts was bitcoin.

“The government, for its own reasons, monopolized the creation of money. Money originated in the marketplace. Let people sort it out,” he says.

Apart from criticizing Donald Trump, the “Tea Party’s Brain,” as some journalists have called him, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Paul considers Sessions to be a threat to civil liberties. According to Paul, Trump’s foreign policy is a “total disaster,” as well as the war on terrorism and the “war on immigrants,” as Mr. Paul puts it. He went as far as calling these policies authoritarian-fascism. 

The former U.S. Representative, author, and physician is cautiously optimistic about the future of the libertarian movement. Although he sees Trump’s policies and what he predicts to be the imminent crumbling of the American economy and the country’s overseas empire as an opening for the libertarians, he admits that the movement has a lot of work to do before American voters accept a true libertarian. Still, Paul thinks having a popular candidate in 2020 is very possible.

“We as libertarians have some work to do before [voters] are going to accept a true-blue libertarian,” he said, “but I think moving in that direction and having a popular candidate [in 2020] is very possible.”

"If they only hear our message, I know they would choose liberty and sound money and freedom and peace over the mess we have today,"

In the 2016 election, third parties faded to the background. The Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States, Gary Johnson, won 3 percent of the vote, outperforming the 2012 results when he won 0.9 percent.

 

 

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Anonymous IX IH8OBAMA Dec 29, 2017 4:39 PM Permalink

Dude...are you serious?  Do you think, for a moment, that a government with nearly 21 trillion in debt is sustainable?  What world do you live in?  http://www.usdebtclock.org

Also, from The Washington Post:  

"The 2017 'World Inequality Report' (compiled by ecnomists such as Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez) found that the 1 percent reaped 27 percent of the world's income between 1980 and 2016.  The bottom 50 percent, by contrast, got just 12 percent of the pie."  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/12/27/the-worlds…  

Sustainable for a society (and, thereby, a country) or not?

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ReturnOfDaMac BennyBoy Dec 29, 2017 3:20 PM Permalink

Ding ding ding!  A winner.  That and that alone is why nothing will change.  The filthy rich will get even filthier and the poor will continue to be stomped in the ground, maybe with the boot twisting a little on 'em at the bottom.

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Freddie ReturnOfDaMac Dec 29, 2017 3:54 PM Permalink

The "election" of Obama was an obvious message to me that the USSA Inc. was headed towards implosion like the old USSR. Our vice chair of the Fed who ran Israel's Fed or really another Rothy$child subsidiary was more proof that most of what was left in the USSA Inc had been pretty much looted.

Trump-Kushner-Soros appears to be doing everything Bibi wants.

Anyone thinking Trump is a savior at this point is delusional. The Clintons, Bushes and Obama, Strozk, Page, comey, Mueller, McAuliffe, Eric Schmidt, Soros and the other criminals continue to run amok. The Dems stole Alabama. Maybe Bibi and his wife will go to jail first.

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Erwin643 YUNOSELL Dec 29, 2017 9:15 PM Permalink

Excuse me, but this kind of news doesn't do anything for anybody. Why aren't these clowns teaching people technical analysis, and the truth about how the stock market functions?

After getting trained-up, I've quadrupled my money trading volatility just this last year. Oh, and let me guess: Their mantra is "buy gold," because of their sponsors, which hasn't made anyone any money in the last several years.

That goes for Grant Williams, in particular. Sorry folks, but he is not God's gift to the world. What have his interviews done for any individual?

 

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Endgame Napoleon tripletail Dec 29, 2017 2:36 PM Permalink

He is right about an opening for a new party, and he is right that economic inequality is stoking instability. But his assertions that opposition to mass-scale, illegal, welfare-buttressed immigration is a “war on immigrants” is wrong and not too libertarian.

There is nothing libertarian about government paying the rent and food bills of immigrants, while handing them refundable child tax credits if ip to $6,444 that equal 1/3rd of the per-capita income of citizens across many states, including his state of Kentucky, with its rock-bottom per capita income of $18,093.

Kentucky — per capita income — $18,093

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kentucky_locations_by_per_capit…

 

The Swamp is controlling inequality, like the Fed controls the money supply, by pumping up the income of single moms and immigrants with more monthly welfare and tax welfare per birth, when they stay below the earned-income limit for welfare. For the most part, the now 62% majority of unwed moms and illegal immigrants are not the groups who are likely to cause unrest.

It is a stupid and unfair-to-the-max way to undermine citizenship with the welfare state, making citizenship meaningless, so yes, the whole concept of citizenship is breaking down, especially when rent takes more than half of monthly income for citizens without unearned income for womb productivity who are often men. 

It goes beyond basic rights. Low-income immigrants in this country — legal and illegal — are treated better than citizens, assuming their women’s wombs are productive and the sole, male breadwinners stay below the earned-income limit for welfare. They are treated better than citizens with earned-only income.

I do not think Deplorables will cast votes mainly on foreign policy anything. They cannot afford to.

 

https://fairus.org/press-releases/new-fair-study-illegal-immigration-co…

 

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/10/chi…

 

https://cis.org/Child-Tax-Credits-Illegal-Immigrants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CatInTheHat Endgame Napoleon Dec 31, 2017 10:57 AM Permalink

What utter racist bullshit.

This idea that immigrants are taking advantage of government programs is BULLSHIT.

Illegal immigrants can get nothing because you must be a US CITIZEN to get any government bennies, however they must get taxes and pay into a system where they can access ZERO to help them.. Secondly, you would never see an immigrant in a welfare office because they would be DEPORTED.

Most illegal immigerants are extremely hard workers and many live in deplorable conditions while working for their WHITE employers. They'll also do jobs 'whitey' won't do.

Next time you sit and eat your veggies at dinner, remember that it was likely ILLEGAL immigrants that put it there. 

Ron Paul is RIGHT.

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Endgame Napoleon chubbar Dec 29, 2017 2:49 PM Permalink

Actually, most Americans do not watch the MSM at all. They have a limited viewership, but likely voters probably watch them in greater numbers.

They are less like a state-owned media and more like an oligatchy-owned media, a corporate-controlled press that says whatever is good for business.

I am not anti business at all. I had a small shop for awhile. But I prefer ZH, because while socialism always ends like Venezuela, with a bunch of unpalatable consumer choices that cost too much and political repression, businesses are so unequal in this country, the USA, that there is really not much freedom in self employment.

The government rigs the system for some businesses, making it close to impossible for Main Street to compete with big boxes unless they have very deep pockets and a lot of cash flow to begin with, just like government rigs workplaces for child-tax-credit and welfare-bolstered employees who do not need a wage sufficient to cover rent. 

The whole system is rigged, and some parts of American foreign policy were flawed for sure. But if libertarians are counting on Deplorables to vote in the interests of foreign countries who have been so mistreated by Americans, I doubt that theme will work. 

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Elliott Eldrich Endgame Napoleon Dec 29, 2017 8:31 PM Permalink

"... while socialism always ends like Venezuela, with a bunch of unpalatable consumer choices that cost too much and political repression..."

Ah yes, socialism always ends in disaster. Until you start to look around at countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, and I dare say that the communist Chinese would also disagree with your assertion. If I may be so bold, perhaps consider the idea that the whole "free market" versus "socialist" argument is really not terribly useful or relevant to begin with, making it a perfect foil for those who wish to promote a "divide and conquer" mentality.

Here's the reality of the situation, for those ready to move beyond a grade-school mentality and ethic: Pretty much every economy on the planet is a mixed economy, mixed economies have been around since the days of Bismarck, and properly managed mixed economies work pretty well. The question becomes, what do you have served by the private sector, what do you have served by the public sector, and what do you have served by both.

I submit that the failure of countries like Venezuela and the former Soviet Union were because they tried to have everything managed by the public sector, and that worked out very poorly. By the same token, it is entirely possible that having everything be served by the private sector can, and does work out equally poorly. A healthy society and a functioning economy have both a robust private sector, and a robust public sector; societies without both in place are, by definition, unhealthy and dysfunctional.

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CatInTheHat Endgame Napoleon Dec 31, 2017 11:12 AM Permalink

A poll was done recently that revealed that more Americans watch RT than any of our corporate media outlets.

Gee....is that why the ZIOS forced it to register as a foreign agent???

Considering that the major voting bloc in America is INDEPENDENT, maybe that poll does reflect accurately. 

I think MSM would have us believe that most people are watching ZNN or FOX, but maybe that isn't true too.

I read ZH everyday, but I also read Consortium News, Global Research, Mintpress, Free thought project, Glen Greenwald from the Intercept (but nothing else on that site), and a few others. Global has great writers, one by the name of Stephen Lendman who is one of the best truthers on foreign policy. John Pilger is another great writer whose stuff shows up on Consortium and Global. 

Also Haaretz, and Al Jazeera, Caitlin Johnstone etc.  

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Gig 61 chubbar Dec 29, 2017 4:33 PM Permalink

It is the sad truth. And don't forget all those sorry bastards who voted for HRC that feed the son of a bitches. 

Me? I just wish I could see the day when on live tv someone walks onto the set of "The View" and grabs that loud mouthed skank Joy Beher and Whoopi and smack the living fuck out of them for the entire world to see.

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overbet HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Dec 29, 2017 2:29 PM Permalink

When you hear something repeated over and over you are being programmed. This is the power msm still has. While many are waking up plenty still believe them or their subconscious minds get programmed to retain just enough bits of misinformation to make a difference. Lets not forget the social media take over of information flow and the extreme bias they have with their selective censorship. Information is power so the ability to harness that and control the information is probably the greatest weapon ever created. 

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