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Editorial November 7, 2007
 
Let The Market Save Darfur
Guest Editorial By Ron Paul
 
Ron Paul: "These Sudanese don't need a helping hand, they need an invisible hand."
 

Since I began my search for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, I have been called many things, many of them unkind and unfair. Most of this criticism has been a result of a misunderstanding of my Republican libertarian philosophy. So I would like to set the record straight. Just because I am a critic of the federal Leviathan in Washington and do not support the project of American Empire does not mean that I am oblivious to the problem of evil in the world. Although I am often accused of being a head-in-the-sand isolationist, nothing could be farther from the truth. I simply support a different approach to the world's problems. Namely, a sensible, markets-based approach.

Take the situation in Darfur, over there in Africa. Rather than threatening another invasion of a foreign country resulting in yet more American blood and treasure bleeding into distant sands, I believe the problems of this region can be solved by returning to the sensible vision of our Founders and the U.S. Constitution –- especially in the realm of fiscal and monetary policy. The most important elements in ending the genocide in Darfur are abolishing the Fed and restoring the Gold Standard. It is just plain Texan horse sense.

We hear a lot of talk and hand-wringing about human slavery in this part of the world. But it's time to step up and stand for market principles: a free trade in slaves for the Janjaweed will die out eventually because of natural market forces, not government fiat. Just as the Market should be left to decide the cost of wheat, so should the Market decide best how to rid the world of all this ethnic cleansing. I have no doubt that had WW II gone on much longer, even the statist Nazis would have stopped their Auschwitz business, because the economics just made no sense on the face of it.

Though I'm not sure just now what that details of Darfur's Market-solution should look like just now, I'm way too busy, I do think it's clear the janjaweed needs to be incentivized somehow to stop its genocide. But, if the invisible hand decrees that the Darfurians being slaughtered should be wiped out, it's probably for the best.

Rep. Ron Paul is running for presidnet of the United States of America. He contributed this article to The eXile.

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