Rand Paul Vs. Ron Paul On Ukraine – How Should Libertarians Respond To Russia?

Rand Paul Vs. Ron Paul On Ukraine – How Should Libertarians Respond To Russia?

Libertarian Foreign Policy Problems On Full Display Over Crimea Conflict

The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the difficult issue of the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, specifically the differing responses from Senator Rand Paul and former congressman Ron Paul. Whose response was technically more libertarian?

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Congressman Ron Paul issued a statement that Crimea “seceded” from Ukraine, cited U.N. international law and said it’s none of our business, while Senator Paul took a different tack, chastising Vladimir Putin and calling for America to flood the market with cheap oil and work to undermine Russia economically. The divide between the two approaches has polarized the liberty community, forcing a foreign policy debate that has exposed the deep fissures in the movement.

Isolationist sentiment has reared it’s ugly head with some people saying explicitly they don’t care what happens in Europe, while others have claimed non-intervention with an overt message of support to libertarian activists who opposed the Russian invasion and sham elections. Meanwhile, Neoconservative interventionists such as Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post are pouncing on the opportunity to paint the entire movement as ignorant on foreign policy. Can a small band of freedom fighters get their act together to present a coherent foreign policy to the American people?

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!

Austin Petersen

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  • Sassan
    March 20, 2014, 9:09 am

    As usual the anti-American and anti-Semitic Pauls side with the despots and tyrants.

  • Layla Godey@Sassan
    March 20, 2014, 9:11 am

    Oh please. Move on from “they’re anti-Semitic!”. They aren’t anti-American or anti-Semitic.

  • Rob Vessey@Sassan
    March 20, 2014, 9:28 am

    Says the guy with the atheist avatar.

  • miljenko
    March 20, 2014, 9:39 am

    If this attitude were the staple of the actual US diplomacy, the “non of our business” policy would soon lead to an aggressive power such as Russia encroaching upon the whole world, piece by piece, one invasion at a time.

  • Doofenshmirtzinator@miljenko
    March 20, 2014, 9:42 am

    Methinks you misunderstand the concept of “our business”…