Last week, retired Texas Republican congressman Ron Paul announced the creation of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The think tank will promote Paul’s idiosyncratic libertarian beliefs regarding foreign policy and national security issues. As the website puts it, the institute will continue “Dr. Paul’s lifetime of public advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home.”
The institute’s advisory board includes some notable names on the libertarian right including: two sitting congressmen, Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Fox News contributor Judge Andrew Napolitano; Ludwig von Mises Institute founder Llewellyn Rockwell; Imperial Hubris author Michael Scheuer and … former Ohio Democratic congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.
Kucinich wasn’t just a liberal in Congress. He was the former leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a major advocate for unions, universal health care, tobacco regulation, expanding entitlements and so on. All of which are diametrically opposed to libertarianism. Paul got his nickname “Dr. No” for voting against such legislation.
Then again, Kucinich’s involvement isn’t that surprising because his foreign policy and national security views are pretty much in sync with Paul’s. Both were vociferous opponents of the Iraq War, the Patriot Act and most other policies associated with War on Terror. That they are working together now is proof that that the radical right and the radical left share a lot in common.
For a critical take on the Institute, read James Kirchick’s take in the Daily Beast.