Paging Dr. No

Here’s a pretty sympathetic if not uncritical profile of Ron Paul in the New York Times Magazine by Christopher Caldwell.

One of the things I took away from this piece is that Paul’s ability to attract a broad spectrum of support from people who are alienated from the political status quo is the flip side of his tendency to attract people from the political fringes (money cranks, 9/11 conspiracy theorists, etc.).

Still, I’ll give him this: on some really important stuff where all the “sensible” and “serious” people went badly wrong (the Iraq war, civil liberties in the post-9/11 national security state) Paul got it right. Sometimes it pays to stand outside the bipartisan consensus.

One thought on “Paging Dr. No

  1. “on some really important stuff where all the “sensible” and “serious” people went badly wrong (the Iraq war, civil liberties in the post-9/11 national security state) Paul got it right. Sometimes it pays to stand outside the bipartisan consensus.”

    The way I might put it is “Even a broken clock is right twice a day”.

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