It seems Ron Paul’s philosophy of self interest really knows no limits. From Buzz Feed:
Ron Paul has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization against the proprietors of RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org, according to a blog post on their site on Friday.
The authors of RonPaul.com see the move as the ultimate betrayal from a politician who, more than many others, depended on an astounding level of grassroots support on the Internet in order to keep his longshot presidential campaigns running.
“Last month, after Ron Paul expressed regret on the Alex Jones show over not owning RonPaul.com (in an interview titled “Ron Paul: The Internet Is Our Last Chance to Awaken America”), dozens of supporters urged us to contact Ron Paul to work out a deal,” the owners of RonPaul.com write.
They say they offered Paul the use of RonPaul.org as a “free gift” but wanted to keep RonPaul.com. Their price, should Paul really want RonPaul.com, was $250,000.
Remember, these followers were responsible for organizing and mobilizing hundreds of thousands of supporters for the Texas Libertarian’s Presidential campaign, and have brought in literally millions of dollars of donations. Hilariously, Paul’s complaint is being filed through a UN agency, the WIPO which is much despised by the Libertarian movement. From RonPaul.com:
Earlier today, Ron Paul filed an international UDRP complaint againstRonPaul.com and RonPaul.org with WIPO, a global governing body that is an agency of the United Nations. The complaint calls on the agency to expropriate the two domain names from his supporters without compensation and hand them over to Ron Paul.
Despite the unfortunate internationalist organization being used to deprive the owners of RonPaul.com from their livelihood, I’m sure Paul can use his Libertarian philosophy to explain why the legal action benefits everyone. In true Libertarian fashion, Paul is suing those using his name so he can maximize his self interest. This means that:
1. Lawyers get paid and can contribute to the economy.
2. If Paul wins, he gets the financial benefit of owning his own domain and scooping up millions of supporters who go there every day.
3. The owners of website will learn a valuable lesson in free market economics. Even if they lose their only source of income, the market is always fair so they must learn the wisdom in it.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.