The Tipping Paul
by David Klein
by David Klein
by David Klein: Freedoms
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tipping point is the biography of an idea, and the idea is very
simple. It is that the best way to understand the emergence of fashion
trends, the ebb and flow of crime waves, or for that matter, the
transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of
teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth, or any number
of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life is to think
of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors
spread just like viruses do. ~ Malcolm Gladwell
Paul started his career off in the late 1960s as an OB-GYN in Texas
where he ran a successful private practice and delivered 4,000 babies.
He was strongly influenced by the writings of Friedrich Hayek in
his book, The
Road to Serfdom, which later lead to Pauls discovery
of the Austrian School of Economics through the works published
by economists Ludwig Von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard.
A pivotal moment
in his life came when Richard M. Nixon closed the gold window in
August 15th, 1971. Effectively severing the last link the dollar
had to gold and claiming we are all Keynesians now,
officially turning money into a political tool as opposed to something
with intrinsic value.
Driven by his
belief in real sound money and the deterioration of the economy
via a guns and butter policy wrought on by the Vietnam
War and the Great Society programs of Lyndon B. Johnson
which has now become a welfare boondoggle, Paul decided to enter
He became the
modest and upstanding congressman from Texas representing the 14th
district, who stands for fiscal conservatism, sound money, a foreign
policy of friendship and zero entanglements and a proponent of the
free market. In the 2008 presidential campaign, we saw the emergence
of Ron Paul into the limelight. While being severely marginalized
by the mainstream media and labeled as a kook by many
talking heads and Republicans, something intangible and unprecedented
was taking place. The ideas propagated by Ron Pauls campaign
seemed to have created an almost uncontrollable force causing many
hitherto apathetic voters to rise to the occasion and canvass for
force that is responsible for so many important moments in history
is labeled by Malcolm Gladwell as the Tipping
Point, which so happens to be the name of his national bestselling
book that was first published in the year 2000. Composed of three
main characteristics, he ascertains that the tipping point is structured
in the following manner: one, contagiousness; two, the fact
that little causes can have big effects; and three, that change
happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment. Appropriately,
the name given to this dramatic moment in an epidemic which causes
everything to change is the tipping point.
Not long after
the 2008 campaign ended, Ron Paul continued on with what he believed
was a much more powerful strategy, spreading his message. In approximately
thirty years it has never changed. A succinct summary of his views
and beliefs can be found in his 2007 book entitled A
Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship,
a collection of his speeches given on the house floor throughout
his career. This placed him in a category of being consistent, one
that is veritably nonexistent in the political sphere.
He has continued
to spread his message by attending several conferences, giving many
speeches throughout the country and authoring three books: The
Revolution: A Manifesto in 2008, End
the Fed in 2009 and most recently in 2011, Liberty
Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom. His
popularity with the youth of this nation is electrifying. The support
he receives from the military, unprecedented. The donations to his
campaign from the military exceeds all other Republican candidates
combined as well as Obama, a clear signal that Paul knows what these
men and women in uniform want from their commander-in-chief.
Much like a
virus, his message of freedom and individual liberty started to
spread in 2008. If the internet alone decided the outcome of elections,
he would have been the virtual winner then, no pun intended. A true
grassroots effort took place which propelled him to the forefront.
His popularity started to dramatically increase as the economic
situation began to deteriorate, further cementing his predictions.
due to the limitations he alone had to deal with along with a media
blackout, he did not win enough votes to take the reigns in 2008.
As detrimental as this may have been to our immediate future, it
might have been a strategic blessing in disguise.
non-election years he has been able to garner even more support
through many media appearances and speeches. As a matter of fact,
Ron Paul eventually decided to give this circus act one more chance
due to his supporters being so fervent about a 2012 presidential
bid. At 76, he is still the favorite among young voters, drawing
thousands at local college campuses during appearances. His message
has truly spread like wildfire, one of a limited government that
operates within the bounds of that seemingly forgotten document
that was ratified by each respective sovereign state of this voluntary
union, the Constitution.
Who would have
thought that freedom was such an important topic to individuals?
Who would have thought that liberty would provoke a renaissance
of ideas in the 21st century that is toppling conventional wisdom?
In this era of increasing police statism, the tipping point is here.
This is Pauls biggest chance.
was that he had one of his heretofore best performances in the most
recent debate on the subject of National Defense at the American
Enterprise Institute this November (2011). Along with winning first
and second places in several straw polls, his name is becoming more
mainstream and more popular not only amongst conservatives and libertarians,
but also liberals and independents. In Ron Pauls case Malcom
Gladwells tipping point theory may very well prove to be clairvoyant
in the coming months as the election heats up. Only time will tell.
Born in Brazil, David Klein [send
him mail] is a graduate from the University of Central Florida
school of Business. He is currently working in the energy industry,
and is a student of the Austrian School of Economics.
2011 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part
is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.