I can't even count the number of times Ron Paul's speeches were cut short by hairy young men bellowing "END THE FED!" Now it looks like Paul fans are going to have to find a new three-word slogan to chant:
Ron and Rand Paul are set today to shift the central focus of their family's long libertarian crusade to a new cause: Internet Freedom.
Kentucky senator Rand and his father Ron Paul, who has not yet formally conceded the Republican presidential nomination, will throw their weight behind a new online manifesto set to be released today by the Paul-founded Campaign for Liberty. The new push, Paul aides say, will in some ways displace what has been their movement's long-running top priority, shutting down the Federal Reserve Bank. The move is an attempt to stake a libertarian claim to a central public issue of the next decade, and to move from the esoteric terrain of high finance to the everyday world of cable modems and Facebook.
This is clearly the Paul family's attempt to completely take over the Reddit crowd, a shrewd shift in branding to a slightly more accessible topic. They haven't given up on the Austrians, though: the manifesto quotes von Mises, and it has some Ayn Rand-y attacks on "collectivism," too. It'll be interesting to see how quickly* Paul fans take this new manifesto to heart, and if "Save the Net" will be the new "End the Fed."
* You'll note I said "how quickly," not "whether." That's because we've learned long ago that Ron Paul fanatics just blindly accept whatever Ron Paul says as the Word of God. If Ron Paul says the Fed suddenly isn't as important anymore, Paul fans will shrug and start writing the new slogans on fresh pieces of cardboard, without any questions asked.