Daniel Doherty

Retired Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) is well-known as one of the most outspoken advocates for foreign non-interventionism. And surely, in addition to his libertarianism, his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are why the 77-year-old became so popular with young people during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

But now after keeping relatively quiet (fashioning his own home school curriculum scheduled for release next fall), he’s gearing up for another major announcement: the unveiling of his nonpartisan think tank.

What can’t this man do?

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is launching a foreign policy institute focused on undercutting U.S. interventionism.

"The neo-conservative era is dead," proclaims the media advisory on his Facebook page announcing the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

"The ill-advised policies pushed by the neo-cons have everywhere led to chaos and destruction, and to a hatred of the United States and its people. Multi-trillion dollar wars have not made the world a safer place; they have only bankrupted our economic future. The Ron Paul Institute will provide the tools and the education to chart a new course with the understanding that only through a peaceful foreign policy can we hope for a prosperous tomorrow."

The group promises to focus on coalition-building across party lines and creating opportunities for students to engage on the topic.

The iconoclastic former congressman and presidential candidate has long been a thorn in the side of the GOP on foreign policy issues, arguing for a "golden rule" foreign policy that takes a hands-off approach to global politics. That approach sharply contrasts with Republican orthodoxy from the last 30 years, though it's growing in popularity — his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), shares many of his foreign policy views and is viewed as a much more serious presidential contender than Paul ever was.

I don’t agree with all of Dr. Paul’s foreign policy positions; he once said that we can prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons by “offering friendship.” But as a Vietnam draftee himself, Paul’s beliefs are undoubtedly shaped by his own experiences, and therefore many of his arguments are commonsensical, well-reasoned, and becoming increasingly popular.

The ceremony inaugurating the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity will occur on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.


Daniel Doherty

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