Can you imagine an elected politician who decorates the walls of his office with Austrian School economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises? One who merrily listens to farmers wanting subsidies for rice, helps them bring their requests to the proper committee, and then votes against any such subsidies since the constitution does not mention rice anywhere? Someone who supports gay marriage on the grounds that it is not the government’s business to interfere with such decisions?
Enter South Texas Republican Ron Paul, representative in the US House. Newsweek paints an interesting portrait of this unusual politician, who seems to value and understand the ideas that formed the US constitution. A classical liberal in a legislature. It isn’t everyday one can find something like that. Unfortunately the US House of Representatives has 434 other members lacking that insight, but still — it’s better than nothing.