Washington, D.C. – Never one to shy away from controversy, but often accurate assessments of fact, Ron Paul—who rose to prominence with presidential runs in both 2008 and 2012, running on an anti-war, pro-civil liberties message—made a monumental statement about the current state of the extremely dysfunctional U.S. political system, during an interview with the Washington Examiner, and noted how that could benefit libertarians in 2020.
"The big opening for us is the fact that this system is coming apart. We're on the verge of something like what happened in '89 when the Soviet system just collapsed," Paul said. "I'm just hoping our system comes apart as gracefully as the Soviet system."
The "us" Paul is talking about is the libertarian movement, as Paul is perhaps the most prominent ideologically libertarian voice in the world.
The libertarian thought leader told the Washington Examiner that while he does not foresee the United States breaking into separate countries like the Soviet Union did, he does expect the coming systemic collapse to include an end to our currently unsustainable monetary policy and an end to the global "empire" maintained by the U.S. military—with over 800 bases operating in over 70 countries.
"We have ownership of these countries, but it's not quite like the Soviets did," Paul said. "I think our stature in the world and our empire will end, and that's when, hopefully, the doors will be open and [people will] say, 'Hey, maybe these libertarians have some answers to this.'"
Paul presciently noted that "the country's feeling a lot better, but it's all on borrowed money" and that "the whole system's an illusion" built on corporate, personal, and governmental debt that will never be paid back.
"It's a bubble economy in many many different ways and it's going to come unglued," he said.