Should Liberals Support Ron Paul?

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Prominent people on the left, including Glenn Greenwald and Robert Scheer, have been saying very nice things about Ron Paul. Others on the left, such as Katha Pollitt, have been taking them to task for it. The question raised by Pollitt and others isn't just about the infamous newsletters that went out under Paul's name, or whether Paul did or didn't vote for a Martin Luther King holiday. The larger question is whether his ideology has enough overlap with modern liberalism to warrant the support of liberals. In a new Bloggingheads dialogue, liberal Tim Noah and libertarian Matt Welch debate the question: 

If you want to see Noah and Welch discuss why those Ron Paul newsletters haven't done more to undermine Paul's standing among his young supporters, here's that part of the dialogue.

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Robert Wright is the author of, most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic. More

Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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