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Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Authoritarianism
The nation’s attention has for the past few weeks been riveted by a standoff in Nevada between armed federal agents and the Bundys, a ranching family who believe the federal government is exceeding its authority by accessing “fees” against ranchers who graze cattle on government lands. Outrage over the government's use of armed agents to forcibly remove the Bundys’ cattle led many Americans to travel to Nevada to engage in non-violent civil disobedience in support of the family.

20 April 2014read on...

Ron Paul Rewind: 'Disband NATO!' Contrary to how the mainstream media tries to portray the U.S. as an innocent bystander in Ukraine, the reality is that provocative meddling has been going on for a very long time.

19 April 2014read on...

What John Kerry Didn't Say in Geneva
As usual, Secretary of State John Kerry got off on the wrong foot at his press conference in Geneva yesterday, where he announced a US/EU/Russia/Ukraine agreement to lower tensions in eastern Ukraine. In fact he again put his foot in his mouth.

18 April 2014read on...

Ranchers vs. Regulators: The Clark County Range War War came to the Western Range that April, a conflict pitting the forces of order and respectability against a restive band of extremists accused of cheating the government of what it was due. The prohibitively stronger side consisted of regulatory agencies allied with powerful non-governmental organizations determined to control the land and expel small private interests who made productive use of it. The unyielding demands of the political elite were met with the unflinching defiance of rural ranchers, leading to talk of a “range war.”

18 April 2014read on...

Congress Investigates “Slush Fund” At USAID Used To Get Lawmakers To Pass Reforms
Our government has long seemed to be descending into a type of Orwellian universe of double speak. The Libyan War was not a war but a “time-limited, scope-limited military action” under Obama. Torture of detainees was not torture but “enhanced interrogation” under Bush. Now it appears open bribery of foreign officials is not bribery but “incentives” to implement policies favorable to their own people. Congressional members are moving to address what is being called a “slush fund” with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where millions are paid to political figures in foreign countries.

16 April 2014read on...

CIA Terror Chief Pulls Rank in Kiev
There could hardly be an American official more sinister than CIA director John Brennan, yet when his mysterious visit to Kiev at the weekend is exposed in various news media the White House responded with vacuous naiveté and as if Russia is foolishly over-reacting.



16 April 2014read on...

I'm Confused, Can Anyone Help Me?
I'm confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were 'pro-democracy protestors'.

16 April 2014read on...

Ron Paul On Bundy Ranch Showdown: Cautious Optimism
RPI Chairman Ron Paul gives his take on the recent stand-off at the Bundy Ranch to Fox News's Neil Cavuto. Dr. Paul is encouraged by people demonstrating against government unfairness.

15 April 2014read on...

Nevada: Early Lessons of Bunkerville
The rush and rapidity of events in Bunkerville, Nevada surprised and cheered many, and there is a lot to learn from this case.



14 April 2014read on...

Another Phony Budget Debate
Anyone watching last week’s debate over the Republican budget resolution would have experienced déjà vu, as the debate bore a depressing similarity to those of previous years. Once again, the Republicans claimed their budget would cut spending in a responsible manner, while Democratic opponents claimed the plan’s spending cuts would shred the safety net and leave vital programs unfunded. Of course, neither claim is true.

13 April 2014read on...

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The Interventionist Failures and How To Fix Them


Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Peace and Prosperity Internet page, where Ron Paul’s Institute for Peace and Prosperity will provide information, analysis, tools, and perspectives to help guide and promote the coming non-intervention moment in the United States.

A look at latest opinion polls clearly demonstrates that an increasing number of Americans – in some categories a critical mass – have lost faith in the aggressive interventionist policies of the recent era. Bombings, drones, invasions of numerous countries overseas have not been received by the residents of those countries with gratitude.

There are no flowers in the streets to greet the US military when boots hit the ground. Sadly, what they have most often been greeted with is roadside bombs and other horrors.

As for those living under constant threat of a US drone attack, for example in Pakistan where Senator Lindsay Graham claims we have killed some 4,700 individuals by drone, we see the simmering hatred threatening to boil over daily. In Pakistan, one of the world’s most unstable and potentially dangerous countries is further destabilized daily largely due to US drone policy. Considering the overwhelming percentage of civilians killed by drone versus bona fide terrorists, it is unsurprising that nearly 100 percent of those recently polled in Pakistan view the US government as their enemy.

In Iraq, the liberated government has not quite become the compliant subject that the war-planners promised. Instead, leaders have begun to pursue an independent foreign policy that is often at odds with the desires of the US administration. Instead of ushering in a more peaceful and secure Iraq, after ten years the truth is Iraq is a much more violent and deadly place than when the first US bombs fell. No one in his right mind would look at the carnage, murder, bombings, and mayhem in Iraq and deem the 2003 invasion a success story.

The same is true in places like Libya, where the US led a weeks-long bombing campaign to remove a secular authoritarian government. Now that the smoke has cleared we see a devastated country where no American or Westerner dare travel. We see a country governed by roving gangs of extremists and an economy thoroughly destroyed. This are the success stories of the neo-conservatives, be they right-wing hawks or left-leaning “humanitarian interventionists.”

The foreign policy planners and their neo-conservative Rasputins have turned the dream of a more peaceful world after the end of the Cold War into a nightmare. They have had their way with US foreign policy, drowning out the realists and the non-interventionists, screaming into every available microphone that only their way will bring us peace and security. But they have failed. We are not more secure at home, despite spending trillions. We have seen that recently. But when the government fails to protect us they can only demand more of our money and more of our freedoms for more empty promises. The US is not even by their standards in a strategically advantaged position overseas, as everywhere there is distrust and suspicion.

This is the beginning of a new era. I am grateful to Dr. Paul for allowing me to be a part of his plans. I am humbled. And we are ready to work.

Daniel McAdams is the Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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