Anyway, I do think Weiss has written insightfully about a wide range of issues and I have learnt a lot from his efforts.
I say all that as preface to this: Gary has unfortunately decided to stigmatize the Ron Paul campaign for president as a uniquely "crackpot" effort. I have to publicly take issue with him there. It is just about the least cracked thing happening within either of the two major parties at the national level just now. Like the US dollar among the other major currencies of our time -- the Paul campaign is the cleanest shirt in a pile of dirty laundry.
I wrote Weiss via the comment section of his blog about these views. I'll reproduce that comment here, with minor cosmetic changes, below:
"I have to tell you Gary, Ron Paul is the only candidate (including the incumbent) who makes any sense to me these days at all.
"I won't defend everything that's appeared in his newsletter
"As to the civil rights statutes, I agree with Paul that the use of the 'interstat
"The one change in federal policy now that could do the most for the improvemen
I wrote those words prior to this Tuesday's developments in Iowa, and I ended by saying that I would be "delighted" by a Paul win there. As indeed I would have been. In the first hour of Tuesday night's count, there was a neck-to-neck-to-neck three way tie. Only gradually did Paul fade a bit, becoming a backgrounded third to the true neck-to-neck drama of Romney versus Santorum. That is unfortunately, because it means this teaching moment, our opportunity to throw libertarian memes about in the mainstream, may already have ended.
I guess that's why they call them "moments"!