Eavesdrop on the Web's Most Interesting Ron Paul Debate

By Conor Friedersdorf

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter take on the Texas Congressman, his foreign policy views, and his offensive newsletters

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In the exchange above, they discuss Ron Paul, managing to articulate both his appeal and the most serious objections to his candidacy. I've embedded it mostly so you watch the entire clip. What I found most penetrating was the insight that typically Paul's opponents don't bother to marshal an argument for why he is wrong about foreign policy or the Federal Reserve system. Instead they treat certain of his positions as though even discussing them is verboten. Doing so is corrosive to American public discourse regardless of who is ultimately correct. McWhorter and Loury think that Paul is sometimes right and other times dangerously wrong.

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