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Inside Ronald Reagan (1975 Interview with Reagan by Reason)
Reason ^ | Jul. 1, 1975 12:00 am | Manuel Klausner

Posted on 11/10/2012 2:06:40 PM PST by Perdogg

"I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."

Those of us concerned about liberty have had good reason of late to be interested in Ronald Reagan. Increasingly, California’s former governor has been turning up in first place among Republican figures in political opinion polls, among Independents as well as Republicans. In addition, in recent months Reagan has taken to using the term "libertarian" (or "libertarian-conservative") to describe his political philosophy. All of which naturally made us interested in taking a closer look at the man and his ideas. Thanks to the efforts of the late Ned Hutchinson (a former Reagan aide), REASON was able to obtain time out of Reagan’s busy schedule for him to be interviewed by Editor Manuel S. Klausner.

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1 posted on 11/10/2012 2:06:45 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Wow. Sure wish I’d been around more in the days when there were smart politicians. Never knew Reagan was a reader of Bastiat, Mises, Hayek, Hazlitt, etc. I’m impressed.


2 posted on 11/10/2012 2:28:02 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State)
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To: Perdogg

“I don’t believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”

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If Regan was a candidate today? He wouldn’t make it out of the primaries. That comment would be met with howls of protest much the same way as Mitt’s “47 percent” comments were.

How quickly a nation that once coalesced around a great leader and his wise ideas have now done a 180 and is RUNNING in opposition of those values.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 2:31:59 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Perdogg
Reagan (excerpt):

I have been doing my best to try to revitalize the Republican Party groups that I’ve spoken to, on the basis that the time has come to repudiate those in our midst who would blur the Republican image by saying we should be all things to all people in order to triumph. Lately, we find that of the 26 percent of the people who didn’t vote, more than half of them now say they didn’t vote because they don’t see any difference between the parties. I’ve been urging Republicans to raise a banner and put the things we stand for on that banner and don’t compromise, but don’t try to enlarge the party by being all things to everyone when you can’t keep all the promises. Put up a banner and then count on the fact that if you’ve got the proper things on that banner the people will rally round.

4 posted on 11/10/2012 4:34:47 PM PST by grimalkin (Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. Friedman)
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To: Utmost Certainty

Reagan’s degree was in economics.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 7:30:33 PM PST by ansel12 (Todd Akin was NOT the tea party candidate, Sarah Steelman was, Brunner had tea party support also.)
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