Voice of Freedom: The Great Ron Smith
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas DiLorenzo: The
Birth of American Imperialism
While the Rush
Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys of the world became enormously wealthy
by kissing the boots of the neocon businessmen who have monopolized
the talk radio industry in America there was one "old Right"
voice of freedom that did not waver: Ron Smith of WBAL
Radio in Baltimore. When the neocons lied the nation into the
senseless and unconstitutional war in Iraq in 2003, cheered on by
conservative chickenhawks like Limbaugh and Hannity, Ron Smith remained
"the voice of reason," as he is known in Baltimore, by
opposing the war. (Unlike these chickenhawks, Ron Smith joined the
Marines as a teenager).
the war Ron quickly lost 40 percent of his audience, but stuck to
his guns and continued to oppose the war over the airwaves. The
heroic management of WBAL Radio stood by Ron, and it paid off: nearly
all of the audience returned once it became glaringly obvious that
Ron was right about the war all along, and that the entire nation
had been neo-conned (and continues to be).
met Ron Smith in the early Ď90s when I moved to Baltimore and he
invited me to join him on his radio program to talk about the free
market, Austrian School of economics. He called me the "Minister
of Economic Truth," which I thought was hilarious in light
of the fact that the totalitarian nightmare of the Soviet Union
was still a fresh memory in the minds of many Americans. Every year
since then, Ron has invited me on the show on occasion to talk about
markets, capitalism, interventionism, the evils of Maryland politics
and politicians, my books, my LewRockwell.com articles, and more.
I run a lecture
series at Loyola University Maryland and have arranged for many
of my speakers to appear on Roní show. These have included Congressman
Ron Paul, Tom Woods, Yuri Maltsev, John Lott, Gene Epstein of Barronís,
and many other voices of freedom. The very first guest who I recommended
and who Ron interviewed was the late Murray Rothbard. Murray appeared
on Ronís show in the early Ď90s to make the case against the Fed.
I recall Ron saying to me that Murray was brilliant, but really
did not have much of a radio voice! Anyone who knew Murray would
to educating his audiences about markets and the evils of intervention
for some thirty years, Ron Smith has been a powerful voice in defense
of constitutionalism, especially the Second Amendmentís right to
bear arms. I have never heard a more articulate and educated defender
of the Second Amendment on any other radio or television program.
He has also
been fearless in his critiques of the totalitarian-minded censors
who have turned much of higher education into an Orwellian farce
of political correctness. When the "multicultural" Marxist
president of Loyola College maliciously libeled Professor Walter
Block for daring to present a public lecture in which he challenged
some of the superstitions of academic feminism (the university presidentís
academic "specialty"), Ron invited Professor Block and
me to spend a total of three hours on his show to respond to such
Left has so monopolized the university world that such people routinely
assume that they can libel and smear any and all dissenters to their
Official Leftist Dogma by simply calling them vile-sounding names.
Ron Smith enabled Walter Block and me to force these intellectual
and moral frauds to pay a very heavy price for their bullying, for
once. (I had university alumni writing me to say such things as,
"after hearing this, Iím giving that $50,000 donation to my
church instead of giving it to Loyola College").
When a despicable,
serpentine political hack named Congressman Lacy Clay (D-Banksters)
libeled me as a supposed member of a "hate group" for
my writing and speaking in favor of the traditional, Jeffersonian
ideas of decentralized government, nullification, and secession,
Ron immediately invited me on his show to respond to the sleaze.
("Youíve been favorably quoted by a Web site called Dump D.C.!"
the congress critter hysterically and indignantly ranted at a hearing
of the House Financial Services Committee in Washington).
Thanks to such
people as Ron Smith, Mike Church of Sirius Radio, Lew Rockwell,
RealClearPolitics, and other elements of "the new media,"
Clay was also forced to pay a price in terms of negative publicity
for his boorish, bullying behavior. He and his Democratic colleagues
on the House Financial Services Committee (including the odious
Barney Frank) responded to the bad publicity by boycotting the next
hearing of the committee held by Congressman Ron Paul, behaving
like so many five-year-olds.
LewRockwell.com learned on the blog last week that Ron Smith is
now battling inoperable stage-four pancreatic cancer. Ron is once
again behaving heroically by carrying on with his show, which I
pray he will do for many years to come.
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What Youíre Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe
Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamiltonís
Curse: How Jeffersonís Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
Ė And What It Means for America Today.
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