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Rand Paul And The Myths of Capitalism

I am currently working on a serious, full length article about Rand Paul for the Hampton Institute, a left wing policy think tank I contribute to regularly. In the meantime, I thought it'd be interesting to report on some of the things this possible Republican president is doing.

Paul believes in the myths of capitalism - something that you most often see in business schools by people who desperately want to move up the latter of success. The myths of capitalism are created by the bosses of capitalism but they are most often distributed by naïve twenty somethings who seek to gain employment - hoping that reiterating this nonsense will get them employed. I have a friend like this - his posts on Facebook obviously show that he is trying to make it in corporate America: pictures with CEOs, pictures at his business school and screeds about Kshama Sawant and homeless people. Oddly enough, he calls himself a liberal.

What's weird about Rand Paul is that he seems to be appealing to altruistic motivations, despite his roots. The man is currently in Guatemala in a hybrid photo op and medical mission. It's an outgrowth of the regular "pro bono" medical missions he has done in Kentucky for lower income clients. While doing this, he has been denouncing Hillary Clinton as a "war hawk."

Of course, Rand is a conservative and he is seeking to repackage conservatism. He is full of "cut the fat" ideas that would reprehensible to any progressive - such as raising the ages for Social Security and Medicare. It might work - disillusioned progressives might really attract to what he is selling - especially when noninterventionism is so critical a part of his political schtick that's he willing to go up against Dick Cheney over it. Rand is going farther with noninterventionism than anyone I have ever seen in politics. Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader and Bernie Sanders (who would certainly be more ideal) never got this far. Barack Obama long promised to bring the war in to Afghanistan and not Iraq - he never took endless wars on head first.

Rand is able to rally on the populism of a population that is obviously tired of endless wars in the Middle East while likewise assuring the industry that funds elections and successful candidates that he's one of them. In a society as built on industry as ours, any radical message needs to be attached to carrots for the market in order to succeed.

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