Skip to comments.Inside Ronald Reagan (1975 Interview with Reagan by Reason)
Posted on 11/10/2012 2:06:40 PM PST by Perdogg
"I dont 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, Californias 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 Reagans busy schedule for him to be interviewed by Editor Manuel S. Klausner.
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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.
“I dont believe in a government that protects us from ourselves.”
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.
I have been doing my best to try to revitalize the Republican Party groups that Ive 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 didnt vote, more than half of them now say they didnt vote because they dont see any difference between the parties. Ive been urging Republicans to raise a banner and put the things we stand for on that banner and dont compromise, but dont try to enlarge the party by being all things to everyone when you cant keep all the promises. Put up a banner and then count on the fact that if youve got the proper things on that banner the people will rally round.
Reagan’s degree was in economics.
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