Here's an interesting piece by veteran libertarian writer and thinker (and confirmed anarcho-capitalist) Walter Block on whether it is worthwhile for libertarians to work for and support Ron Paul in his campaign for the presidency. He addresses the question of whether Ron Paul has a chance -- he outlines an admittedly long-shot scenario -- but argues that whether he wins or not he is assembling an impressive movement. In fact, considering certain developments -- such as the fact that Ron now has more campaign money in hand than John McCain, $2.4 million to $2 million, and is now in third place in the GOP money race -- I would suggest that the Paul campaign is on the verge of being, if it is not already, the most extensive libertarian mass movement in modern American history.
As a confirmed non-voter and courteous despiser of all manner of things political myself, I regret that it takes running for office to attract the kind of attention that is capable of putting together a mass movement for freedom. However, in modern America that seems to be the case. As Walter Block puts it, Ron Paul, who has more moral authority based on his extensive record than all the rest of the candidates put together, is just about the only modern American politician I would trust to assume the awesome powers of the presidency without being seduced by them. I've never endorsed a presidential candidate, and since the Register's policy is not to endorse any candidate (it only encourages them) I'm unlikely to do so. But I don't mind providing and disseminating information about where candidates stand and how they're doing.