Comments on: I Do Not Support Peter Schiff For Senate http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/ Property - Prosperity - Peace Sat, 09 May 2015 08:06:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 By: DixieFlatline http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-162 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 03:57:31 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-162

“Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Does this mean you will not be blogging about politics, politicians or policy anymore?

😉

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By: PaulVahur http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-132 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:30:52 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-132 After he gets into Senate, that might become an springboard to higher positions in the future (run for President), it will give him new audience. Ron Paul example shows that this is possible. Before he would run for President, he had to stay in Congress 20+ years. I think it was obvious in 1976 when he first ran that he won’t get anything of value done there. Yet here we are.

The point is that future is uncertain and some things you just won’t find out unless you try. That’s what entrepreneurship is all about. What I a disagree with is the certainty that he will loose audience.

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By: Michael Barnett http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-131 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:17:12 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-131 Paul, my argument is that Schiff’s current audience is huge due to his various television appearances and that his campaign for the Senate has already cut into in those appearances in a huge way (and is a money sink). Furthermore, Ron Paul was virtually unknown in Congress until he ran for President in the most recent election. Schiff’s Senate campaign is not going to have nearly as many eyeballs on it as Paul’s Presidential campaign. Furthermore, even if Schiff makes it to the Senate, he won’t get anything of value done there, as I describe in my post.

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By: PaulVahur http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-130 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:12:39 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-130 Has the austro-libertarian movement in the past few years grown only due to the regular promotion and word of mouth by Mises Institute and other such organizations? Or has the Ron Paul presidential campaign spread the message further than ever before? I’m not american and I haven’t been to States-side for few years now but what I can tell from internet Ron Paul campaign brought a lot of new blood to the movement.

Peter Schiff campaign and possible senatorship has the same potential. Actually, that is his stated goal – to educate other senators (and hopefully the public) about sound economics. If he will stuck to his contrarian nature he could well end up being the most visible senator.

Message of liberty needs many salesmen addressing different segments of society. That’s why there is not only mises.org but there is also lewrockwell.com and there is also Young Americans for Liberty and Campaign for Liberty plus many others. We need more entrepreneurship in finding the better ways to get our message out. We will not get immediate and obvious returns but the later dividends might be greater than we expect (did anyone prior to 2007 expected Ron Paul to become that widely known?).

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By: Stephan Kinsella http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-129 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 05:16:33 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-129 Good post, Interdictor.

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By: iamse7en http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-127 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 04:10:41 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-127 So you’re saying he’s much more valuable in his TV appearances than he would be in the Senate. Therefore, you don’t support his candidacy for the Senate. I can see your point, and you very well could be right.

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By: Huebert http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-126 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 03:05:21 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-126 If he were elected and he stayed true to his Austrian views, I think it would be a great thing to have Peter Schiff in the Senate. I think you would still see him in the media very frequently, he would have lifelong mainstream credibility because of the title, and, in such a small body, he would have a realistic chance of making it more difficult for the Senate to “accomplish” certain things.

The trouble is, he has zero chance of winning in the state that has regularly elected Christopher Dodd and Joseph Lieberman. I don’t know how he or anyone else could think otherwise.

I agree that campaign contributions are a waste of money for any given individual. I gave just a little bit to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. What do I have to show for it? His campaign would have had exactly the same amount of success (politically and in its primary educational mission) with or without my help. The marginal dollars meant nothing.

On the other hand, if I’d given that money to, say, the Mises Institute, it would have funded some particular thing — a student scholarship, the publication of a book — that would have advanced the cause of liberty in some small way. So from my perspective it’s always better to do that.

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By: Michael Barnett http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-125 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 02:36:29 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-125 Nona, serving in Congress is not a “noble cause”, in my opinion.

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By: Nona http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-124 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 02:05:28 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-124 I am grateful that there are people like Peter Schiff who put so much on the line for a noble cause. A dear Vietnamese friend once said, “Eternal struggle brings final victory.” Let’s not cower before the evil forces and go out with a whimper.

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By: Michael Barnett http://libertarianstandard.com/2010/04/12/i-do-not-support-peter-schiff-for-senate/#comment-123 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 01:20:17 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=812#comment-123 Well Dr. Paul wasn’t a regular on the television financial circuit before becoming a congressman. Schiff is (well, now I guess we say was) a regular on these shows and, in fact, had just agreed to do a twice-per-week segment as a regular on one of them, I forget which. There’s no way Schiff’s being in Congress will compete with what he’s been doing for the last 5 or so years on television. Not a chance in hell. If he even wins, he’s going to disappear into obscurity except for the occasional appearance on Judge Nap’s show on Fox. In the meantime, we lose out on countless TV appearances and a ton of valuable financial advice and economic analysis. And the truth is, he’s probably going to lose anyway. See?

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