"I think we now live in a moment where the government – not just the government, but a broader establishment in our country – believes that citizens of this nation cannot be trusted with the truth," he told Tucker Carlson in an interview.
Ramaswamy, who founded Roivant Sciences in 2014 before stepping down as its CEO in 2021, said the so-called "enlightened" have to ensure the public is protected from the truth. He compared this to how a parent protects a child from any and all dangers. In the present day, the truth has been concealed by government authorities – both Republican and Democratic – because they believe the people still cannot be trusted.
However, the entrepreneur told Carlson that there is a school of thought that believes that the government – i.e. the people in charge – are fundamentally hostile to the people. When the government thinks its actions are for the good of the people, the reality of what is actually going on is far more dangerous, he said.
According to Ramaswamy, this concealment of truth had been done for most of human history because of the prevalent belief that people can't be trusted to resolve their own differences. Church leaders, labor leaders and business leaders were the ones who decided what was right for the rest of society. But things took a different turn in 1776, during the American Revolution. (Related: How We the People can take back the government we once created.)
Despite this, the presidential candidate believes Americans can handle the truth when they are told about it.
"I think that's really one of the questions at issue today, as it was in 1776: Do we believe that the public can be trusted with the truth? Whatever the truth is, just give me the hard truth," he told Carlson. "What makes us human beings and not animals is the belief that we can believe in something bigger than ourselves, and that we can handle the truth from those who are in power."
"Actually, We The People can be trusted in a system where every person's voice and vote count equally – with free speech and open debate in the public square. Whatever it is, sometimes we might get it wrong; sometimes we get it right. But whatever it is, that's the way we do things in this new thing we call the United States of America."
Carlson then asked if Ramaswamy sensed the nation was on the cusp of chaos, based on his nationwide campaign travels and interactions with Americans. Ramaswamy replied that while the nation is on the cusp of something, he thinks it's not one of chaos but a revolution in a positive way.
"I think that there's something going on. I think we're like in 1775, spring of 1776 moment in this country actually. I think that people are hungry now," he said. "The form I want to see it play out in is reviving those shared ideals that unite us, that set the nation into motion in 1776 that, I think, are innate to our nature as human beings [and] as Americans. I think there's a hunger for revival of those ideals. That's where we are."
Ramaswamy added there are a lot of ways this energy could go, and he can play a small role in helping channel that energy if elected. But the American president is not going to do it all. Everyone has a role to play to channel that energy towards a positive revival that unites the American people across their diverse attributes or divides, he stressed.
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