Last winter, when I donated to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, I made the mistake of buying a Ron Paul sweatshirt but no Ron Paul T-shirt. I do not remember whether that was simple inadvertence on my part or whether it reflected a conscious prediction that Dr. Paul would likely be irrelevant by the time it was too warm for the sweatshirt. Either way, it was a mistake, because Ron Paul’s role in the presidential election is today very much the same as it was back in January. He is a man who will not be president, but who will not stop asking some of the most important questions about the course our nation is on. It is perhaps no coincidence that he also provides the most philosophically coherent package of answers.
He now provides these answers in The Revolution: A Manifesto. I did not rush out to buy Dr. Paul’s most recent book on the first day of publication, but I did buy it. In fact, I ended up reviewing it for the Washington Times, in a review that appears on today’s op-ed page. It is a short book, and its brevity underscores its message that we must return to first principles and stick to the basics of freedom and self-government. I strongly recommend it.
UPDATE: The Future of Freedom Foundation was kind enough to include the Washington Times review in its e-mail update for today (July 2, 2008), which you can view here.