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Ron Paul

U.S. Politician, Libertarian

Ron Paul has been a U.S. Politician since 1976, and is currently a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Republican Party. He is one of the most prominent figures in the government espousing libertarian values. He was a surgeon, and served in that capacity in the Vietnam war.

Ron Paul's Opinions

All drugs should be decriminalized. Drugs should be distributed by any adult to other adults. There should be no controls on production, supply or purchase for adults.
01 Jan 1988    Source

In the last 30 years, we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars on a failed war on drugs. This war has been used as an excuse to attack our liberties and privacy. It has been an excuse to undermine our financial privacy while promoting illegal searches and seizures with many innocent people losing their lives and property. Seizure and forfeiture have harmed a great number of innocent American citizens.
30 Oct 2001    Source

Drugs are very dangerous but there's a lot of things that are very dangerous. The question is, should we regulate danger? Should we take responsibility for ourselves or should the government take care of us? I don't believe in the nanny state.
13 Mar 2009    Source

Free trade is not a zero-sum game where some countries benefit and others inevitably suffer. On the contrary, true free trade by definition benefits both parties. Free trade is the process of free people engaging in market activity without government interference such as tariffs or managed-trade agreements. In a true free market, individuals and companies do business voluntarily, which means they believe they will be better off as a result of a transaction.
12 Feb 2001    Source

There was an immigration bill that had a fence (requirement) in it, but it was to attack amnesty. I don't like amnesty. So I voted for that bill, but I didn't like the fence. I don't think the fence can solve a problem. I find it rather offensive.
03 Jan 2008    Source

I strongly believe that a fetus is a human life, and that a fetus deserves the same legal protections afforded to all Americans.
30 Apr 2001    Source

I strongly believe that a fetus is a human life, and that a fetus deserves the same legal protections afforded to all Americans.
30 Apr 2001    Source

A controversy over vaccines, specifically the smallpox vaccine, is brewing in Washington. The administration is considering ordering mass inoculations for more than one million military personnel and civilian medical workers, ostensibly to thwart a smallpox outbreak before it occurs. Yet dangerous side-effects from the vaccine – ranging from mild flu symptoms to gangrene, encephalitis, and even death – cause many to question the wisdom and need for such inoculations.
10 Dec 2002    Source

I get to my God through Christ. Christ to me, is a man of peace. He is for peace.
16 May 2011    Source


Mostly Disagree
How much better off are the Iraqi people? Hundreds of thousands of former inhabitants of Fallajah are not better off with their city flattened and their homes destroyed. Hundreds of thousands are not better off living with foreign soldiers patrolling their street, curfews, and the loss of basic utilities. One hundred thousand dead Iraqis, as estimated by the Lancet Medical Journal, certainly are not better off. Better to be alive under Saddam Hussein than lying in some cold grave.
06 Apr 2005    Source

We went to Afghanistan to get [Bin Laden], and he hasn't been there. Now that he's killed, boy, it is a wonderful time for this country now to reassess it, get the troops out of Afghanistan and end that war that hasn't helped us and hasn't helped anybody in the Middle East.
05 May 2011    Source

Mostly Agree
Well, I understand prostitution has been around for a few years. And they tried to legislate it out of existence and I don't think it's worked very well. I would essentially have no restrictions, certainly on the federal level.
25 May 2007    Source

In a free society we're supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.
03 Dec 2010    Source

What we need is more WikiLeaks about the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine what it'd be like if we had every conversation in the last 10 years with our Federal Reserve people, the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the central bankers of the world and every agreement or quid-pro-quo they have? It would be massive. People would be so outraged.
03 Dec 2010    Source

[E]xcessive regulation, immoral mandates, and short-sighted incentives have created a system where no one is happy, doctors pass quickly from one patient to the next, insurance is expensive to get and difficult to maintain, and politicians place corporate interests ahead of their constituents... Repeal ObamaCare and end its unconstitutional mandate that all Americans must carry only government-approved health insurance or answer to the IRS.
21 Dec 2011    Source

Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Ron Paul and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Ron Paul's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Christian Encyclopedia
100% agreement / 4 opinions

Milton Friedman
Iconic Economist of 20th Century
93% agreement / 4 opinions

The Economist
Politics and Business Magazine
83% agreement / 3 opinions

Julian Assange
Founder of WikiLeaks
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Glenn Greenwald
Lawyer, Columnist, Author
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Kevin Rudd
Australian Prime Minister, 2007-2010
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Mostly Agree
John McCain
U.S. Senator, Republican
70% agreement / 5 opinions

Sarah Palin
Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
66% agreement / 3 opinions

Bill Maher
Political T.V. Host, Comedian
75% agreement / 2 opinions

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California 2003-2011
62% agreement / 2 opinions

The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
56% agreement / 4 opinions

American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) Lobbyist
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Donald Trump
American Business Magnate
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Barack Obama
United States President
40% agreement / 5 opinions

Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
33% agreement / 3 opinions

Friedrich Nietzsche
Iconic Philosopher of 19th Century
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State 2009-, Democrat
17% agreement / 7 opinions

Julia Gillard
Prime Minister, Australia
0% agreement / 3 opinions

Mitch McConnell
Senator, Republican
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Karl Marx
Father of Communism
0% agreement / 2 opinions

George W. Bush
United States President 2001-2009
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Richard Nixon
United States President 1969-1974
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Ron Paul's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Ron Paul typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Agree Does God exist?
High Agree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
High Agree Should psychoactive drugs be legal?
Medium Disagree Is the war on drugs good policy?
Medium Disagree Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?
Medium Disagree Should abortion be legal?
Medium Disagree Is abortion morally acceptable?
Low Agree Should marijuana be decriminalized?
Low Disagree Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?

Nonconforming Opinions

Ron Paul's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers Ron Paul typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Expert Answer Question
Medium Agree Mostly Agree Should prostitution be legal?
Low Mostly Disagree Disagree Can the military presence in Afghanistan help create democracy?

Projected Opinions

Ron Paul's projected opinions are opinions Ron Paul is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Mostly Agree Is capitalism good?
High Mostly Disagree Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Medium Mostly Disagree Did the US Government play a part in the 9/11 attacks?
Medium Neutral Is global warming caused primarily by humans?
Medium Mostly Agree Is the theory of evolution falsified by fossil evidence?
Medium Disagree Does drug prohibition reduce drug usage?
Low Mostly Agree Should the federal government ban gay marriage?
Low Neutral Should the United States invade Iraq?
Low Neutral Are America's rich taxed enough?
Low Mostly Disagree Should Intelligent Design be taught in science class?
Low Agree Is abstinence-only sex education effective?
Low Mostly Disagree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Low Neutral Is marijuana a gateway drug?
Low Neutral Should Australia apologize to the Australian Aborigines for the stolen generations?
Low Neutral Should the Kyoto protocol be adopted?
Low Mostly Disagree Will Australia enter a recession before 2010?
Low Disagree Is democracy the best form of government?
Low Agree Are our enemies innately evil?
Low Mostly Disagree Is politics a waste of time for ordinary citizens?
Low Neutral Is a National Broadband Network for Australia good value at $37 billion?
Low Mostly Disagree Is trying to "change the world" foolish?
Low Mostly Agree Is efficient market theory the best approximation of the truth for the average investor?
Low Disagree Does minimum wage help the poor?
Low Mostly Agree Can the US military presence in Iraq help create democracy?
Low Disagree Does Cap and Trade beat carbon tax for reducing emissions?
Low Mostly Agree Is the death penalty acceptable?