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  1. Titus Pullo

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    ... has had the biggest influence in shaping your ideology?

    anyone. What philosopher/economist/whatever has had the biggest influence in your current way of thinking about politics and what in their message persuaded you?
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    Many influences, growing up in the age of Dwight D, JFK, RFK, MLK, Viet Nam, Country Joe, Joan Baez and Jim Morrison to name some.. read all of Tom Dooley's books, all of MLK's books, but the one who had the greatest early influence was C. Wright Mills, "The Power Elite".. early on learned that this government thing is just a big mirage and even though there is the appearance that we are in charge, the industrialists, corporatists and military industrial complex are the shot callers... we are just pawns in the game.

    Many other influences the following immediately come to mind...
    Dostoevsky, because I could in a time when "they" (proverbial) questioned anything coming out of the USSR.
    Solzhenitsyn cointinuing fascination with the the Red Menace and quest to find out how things really were.
    Marshall McLuhan; "All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values."
    Tom Robbins; "When freedom is outlawed only outlaws will be free." which has been completely taken out of context and bastardized by the pro gun folks...
    Also seem to remember reading a some of Hitler's stuff... Mein Kampf???

    Prior to this age of overstimulation and constant barrage of media, was an avid reader.. but now seem to have gotten late onset ADD...
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    That is difficult, as during the time when I was formulating many of my reality on how the world works there was tremendous disruption and a convergence of many influences... always thought of my politics as a compendium of ideas, rather than something that was hard and fast. To paint oneself as a liberal or a conservative, compromises your intellect as there is a whole lot more grey than black or white.

    The greatest influence was probably not what I read, but what I experienced first in 1963 and then in 1968.. too much shyt happened those 5 years. But what I read and the music I listened to helped me make sense of the tremendous upheaval during that period of time...

    Music is your only friend.. until the end.
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    Positive: John and Robert Kennedy. Martin Luther King Jr. Mother Theresa. Dalton Trumbo. Seneca. Golda Meir.

    Negative: Hitler. Joe McCarthy. Robert Schuller. Dick Chaney. Sarah Palin.
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    Honest answer....

    Nothing has influenced my ideology more than my own life experience. I'm not infering that my way is any better or worse than being influenced by other people...I'm just being open.

    I used to hold some historical figures on a pedistal, but I no longer do that. I believe we're all messengers and that no one has the right view or perspective...we just have our own view.

    If you asked me if MLK, JFK, Ronald Regean or Aristotle had a better perspective of truth than I do, I'd say "no, they did not". And I don't mean that smugly at all. It's a sincere belief that no man or woman on this earth has "The Message" or view of the truth.

    Having said that, there are many people I've admired. I also have a weakness for great speeches, so people like JFK and MLK are high on that list for me.
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    This may sound sarcastic, but it's not meant to be:
    Han Solo.
    I grew up on Star Wars, and it had a lot more influence on me than any figure I might have seen on TV once or read about in school.
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    A partial list

    Jesus Christ

    John Nash

    Sigmund Freud

    Plato

    Socrates

    Erwin Rommel

    Winston Churchill

    Muhammad Ali

    Emanual Kant
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    None. I'm blinded by no one person, or belief.
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    Can't name just 1, M Freidman, Sun Tzu, Tim Leary.
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    But if you think he's going to fight anyway hit him first as hard as you can if you don't you lose.

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    My parents.
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    LOL... Just if you "think" it, eh? ...

    More accurate, if you do, there's a good chance you're gonna get your azz beat for your sucker punch. Later, if not sooner. Whereas if you don't, there's a good chance nothing will happen at all, because he wasn't nearly as mad as you hoped.
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    You can tell if your going to have to fight or not, please, don't wait for him.
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    Ron Paul, as learning about him has lead me to some great economic minds, and some great authors who combined with RP has really opened me up to really understand how it all works, and why.
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    Always #1: Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    2. Marc Stevens.
    I realize most people don't know this guy, but everybody should. He is the best individual I've ever come across when it comes to exposing the criminality of the criminal justice system. The way he exposes it is very unique, but effective. If he goes to court to fight a fraudulent accusation, he doesn't make any arguments whatsoever. Instead, he asks simple questions that force judges and/or prosecuters to either lie so that's obvious to everyone watching, strikingly contradict themselves, dismiss the case without explanation, or acknowledge the fraud (so this almost never happens).

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    As some here have pointed out, my influence really comes from a combination of my life experiences and those that I admire. In general, I would have to say Jesus Christ as others have said. He's number 1.

    In terms of politics, I love George Washington. His mix of practicality and ideology is inspiring to me. Martin Luther King is another social/political figure that is an inspiration for his strength in speaking out when so many were against him.
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    General George S. Patton FTW. :rocker:
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    FDR and the founding fathers

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