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Ron Paul’s New Organization Reportedly Stacked with Extremists

By Ryan Lenz on April 26, 2013 - 12:14 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Propaganda

Ron Paul, the libertarian former Texas congressman whose hard-line views are widely admired on the radical right but who claims to reject racism, has started a new organization stacked with a hodgepodge of far-right extremists.

As The Daily Beast reported yesterday, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity is ostensibly designed to promote a discourse about U.S. foreign policy. But its advisory board is stacked with what writer James Kirchik characterized as “a bevy of conspiracy theorists, cranks, and apologists for some of the worst regimes on the planet.”

And just who are the far-right luminaries helping guide Paul’s new endeavor?

One is Lew Rockwell, Paul’s former congressional chief of staff who now heads the Ludwig von Mises Institute, an Auburn, Ala., think tank with deep ties to the neo-Confederate movement. There’s Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News and journalist Eric Margolis, both 9/11 “truthers” who suspect that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks may have been orchestrated by the government.

And alongside them sits Butler Shaffer, a Southwestern Law School professor who similarly once asked: “In light of the lies, forgeries, cover-ups, and other deceptions leading to a ‘war’ in Iraq, how can any intellectually honest person categorically deny the possibility of the involvement of American political interest in 9/11?”

But that’s not the worst of it, according to The Daily Beast.

“Also on Paul’s board are prominent former government officials who claim that American Jews constitute a ‘fifth column’ aimed at subverting American foreign policy in the interests of Israel,” Kirchick reported. One of those is Michael Scheuer, a former CIA intelligence officer who has accused a long list of individuals and organizations of “being intent on involving 300 million Americans in other people’s religious wars,” The Daily Beast said.

Still another board member is Walter Bloch, a fellow at the Mises institute who The Daily Beast said “believes the wrong side won the ‘war against Southern secession’ and blames most of America’s current problems on ‘the monster Lincoln.’”

Yesterday’s article wasn’t the first to note the affinity many extremists have for Paul. An article in The New York Times in 2011, when Paul was running for president, noted that while white supremacists, survivalists and anti-Zionists had allied behind Paul’s campaign, he had not disavowed their support. Paul told the newspaper: “If they want to endorse me, they’re endorsing what I do or say –– it has nothing to do with me endorsing what they say.”

The controversy surrounding Paul’s new organization is reminiscent of past revelations. Paul has been accused of authoring a series of newsletters, written under his name, that Kirchik says “reveal decades worth of obsession and conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews and gays.” When Kirchik first detailed those newsletters in 2008, Paul claimed that he had not written them and he had no idea who had. Kirchik says in his latest article that the newsletters, which ostensibly gave supporters “political news and investment advice,” “netted his family over $1 million per year.”

The November 1990 issue of the Paul’s “Political Report,” for example, praised neo-Nazi and former Klan leader David Duke. A month later, an issue described the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as a “world-class adulterer” who “replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration.” Also that year, as the Rev. Al Sharpton led efforts to rename New York City after King, Paul’s newsletter suggested possible alternatives including “Welfaria” and “Zooville.”

The vitriol ostensibly coming from Paul also targeted the LGBT community. A 1994 issue of the “Ron Paul Survival Report” asserted that people “who don’t get a blood transfusion, and who don’t swap needles, are virtually assured of not getting AIDS unless they are deliberately infected by a malicious gay.”

The stated mission of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity is to provide “the tools and the education to chart a new course with the understanding that only through a peaceful foreign policy can we hope for a prosperous tomorrow.” But with the revelation of who its principals really are, one can only wonder what that means.

  • Miss Maccabee

    Back in 2006, I was drawn in by Paul’s pro-liberty stance. It was refreshing. However, I started meeting his supporters! Ron Paul attracts anti-semites and conspiracy theorists. Practically everyone on Stormfront would vote for him and even donate to him! Paul needs to go. I don’t trust his son either.

  • aadila

    Sam, I think the issue was the Bush ordered his advisors to advise him to go to war on fraudulent grounds. By the way, I’m not happy with Obama’s war record either. In 2009 he slaughtered an entire villiage of 50 women and children in the Yemen with a missile strike to kill one terrorist. That’s pretty disgusting. His solid track record on social issues like health care, immigration reform and gun control do not excuse his humanitarian failures.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aadilia, Bush W., Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld cannot go overseas to this day forfear of the Hague arresting them for war crimes. I don’t know of any of his close circle of advisors that advised him against the war. There was much disinformation about their supposed WMD programs distributed to a gullible public, and you are right, much protesting. John Mc Cain was honorable enough to deny that Obama was a Muslim when asked, but would have been a very militaristic President. I am thinking the stress would have killed him and Palin would have ignored any advice but the voices in her empty head. Our solution to Korea in 1951 is just now starting to look like that did not work either. If the whole peninsula was a province of China we would be buying shoes from them instead of surrounding them with warships. As for Vietnam some of the products sold by the Blackhawk! company like needle resistant Police gloves and I think even holsters are now made there. I honestly do not know what to make of Iran’s nuclear program (glass? Joke) but it could be a case of the Government that cried “wolf” and nothing will be done until it is too late.

  • aadila

    Sam,

    Thirty six million people around the world took part in protests and demonstrations to advise George W Bush not to wage war. At one point THREE MILLION people gathered in Rome before the war to urge Bush to stop, and unprecedented protest in world history. If Bush, a true manaical ogre, had listened to what the world was saying, and even some of his own advisors, perhaps we would not be in the dire economic situation we find ourselves in at the moment.

    I would like to point out the damning memo which illustrated Bush ordered intelligence agencies to “fix” the intelligence to make it look like Saddam Hussein was in possesion of weapons of mass destruction. A few canisters of 1920s era mustard gas buried in the desert hardly constitutes a threat of global proportions.

    Third, National Security Council advisor Richard Clarke has exposed Bush’s plan to attack Iraq even before Bush was selected for office. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Niell said the same thing…the attack was planned from the very inauguration and drastically ratcheted up the war machine from the Clinton years. Bush himself during the campaign to be selected spouted plenty of war rhetoric, specifically the plan to “remove” Saddam Hussein.

    They ought to make impeachment of war criminals mandatory in Congress.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aadilia, Dubya wasn’t the maniacal ogre that Sarah Palin would have been. The people advising him caused those ill fated wars. I do believe WWII was justified, but everything we have sent our brave forces to get killed for since then has been a complete waste of lives for both sides. They should make showing “King of Hearts” mandatory in schools.

  • Reynardine

    Let me furnish the interested with the following link:

    http://www.alternet.org/tea-pa.....-necessary

  • MRJ

    This is pretty much all I needed to see about Ron Paul.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/.....ordinator#

  • aadila

    Sam,

    You may be right about that. George W Bush sent us into a multi-year, possibly multi-decade recession and I don’t see much sign of hope. We are still, to this day, paying for the Vietnam war. We haven’t even got to Iraq I, much less Iraq II or the other wars.

    One thing I credit Ron Paul for is his reluctance to wage war because he was aware of the economic consequences. His motives might be different than my own, which are humanitarian, but I really can’t complain anyone opposing war.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aadila, we are being twirled to think that the stock market is up. Actually it is flat or down, but the dollars used to describe it’s value are shrinking in value because of a major oversupply. No country can print and borrow money willy nilly forever, and Kenyan Farthings might actually be a good investment right now. At least they’re cheap.

  • http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogspot.com/ Tom Shelley

    Jerry,

    I am not sure what you’re saying. It’s not anyone’s opinion that Rand did that, he DID do it. He is, in fact, a racist hypocrite. And considering what other people have to say about something is okay too.

    Do you have anything more substantive to say? I wasn’t sure I should even bother typing this response.

    I also want to high-light something else from that editorial. It’s interesting (and racist) that the Tea Party have nothing to say about the taxation without representation of Washington D.C.

    Tom

  • Aron

    Keep drinking that Kool-Aid, David.

    Isn’t that what you Paultroons always tell us? Well, the shoe is on the other foot now. We know him for the charlatan he is.

    Now go complain to Lou Rockwell and Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura. They’ll make it all better.

  • https://www.facebook.com/david.rogers.hunt David Rogers Hunt

    The following links illustrate very well the racism of Ron Paul…

    http://rpflix.com/2xt
    http://rpflix.com/2tf
    http://rpflix.com/36b
    http://ronpaulflix.com/category/racism/

  • aadila

    But not the Kenyan farthing, right Sam? We all know the way that turned out.

  • Sam Molloy

    Yes, Aron, if we did not have the Federal Reserve I suppose we would be back in the 1800′s, with banks issuing their own currency. On the bright side, at least some of that might be worth something.

  • jerry

    tom,
    You need to look at facts not opinion,this only leads you in the wrong direction, don’t let anyone left or right sway you, you are an american who should exercise your rights, weigh out the difference between opinions and fact.

    jerry

  • Aron

    I was a Ron Paul fan back in 2008 before I heard his opinion regarding the Federal Reserve. And his intense craziness.

    And to think that MLK and Ron Paul would have ANY common cause is laughable.

    And for the record, when you have Paul screaming all day about the Gold Standard, dig a little deeper and look at his stock portfolio. QED.

  • Jose

    Hey, Georgia Citizen

    Lyndon LaRouche seems to have many protege in the extreme right. Ever since he shifted from, at one time being on presidential ticket for the US Labor Party, to now railing against “The British Oligarchy” and “The Anglo-American Establishment.” He has been breeding these little right wing monsters.

    It is confusing, as hell, yet one of the closests clones, on the extreme right, to Lyndon LaRouche is a man named Webster Tarpley, who wrote such “notable works of fiction”, such as (Obama – The Postmodern Coup: Making of a Manchurian Candidate), and (Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography).

    Furthermore, Lyndon LaRouche is often interviewed on the Alex Jones’ Radio Show, and he hosts his own radio show, called “World Crisis Radio”, on the same network as Alex Jones.

    The extreme right is getting stronger every day, they are well funded (Koch brothers), well organized and they feed on the growing displacement and alienation of the white working class.

  • http://devlin-mcaliskey.blogspot.com/ Tom Shelley

    His son Rand is a hypocrite, and I would say a racist hypocrite. Red a Washington Post editorial about his attitude towards Washington DC at- http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html . I would make the following two comments:

    1) Washington D.C. has a non-White majority.

    and

    2) When Paul’s spokesperson says- “Efforts to change that have failed, and until it is changed it is not only the prerogative but the duty of Congress to have jurisdiction over the Federal District,” I think it’s important to ask if Paul supports state-hood for D.C.

    Tom

  • Joe

    libertarians are nut jobs. Just look that the Free State Movement in New Hampshire. They want all civil rights laws taken off the books. If a restaurant owner wants to serve whites only, that is just fine with libertarians.

  • majii

    Speaking from the perspective of an American who spent the first eighteen years of her life in the South living under segregation, it would be very wise to never take your eyes off of neither Ron nor Rand Paul. They’re not above using any means necessary to make money and raise their political profile, and anyone who looks upon them as altruistic and harmless doesn’t know danger when he/she is staring it in the face. Yes, Rand Paul said he supported the Civil Rights Act recently, but my goodness, look where he was when he said and look at his reason for being there in the first place. The major mistakes he made was in underestimating the intelligence of his audience members and letting them know that he thought he could just waltz in and sell them heaping wagons full of the worst smelling bull excrement on the planet. The joke’s on him and his dad where some of us are concerned, and it will always be on them. They might fool many people some of the time, but in regard to people like myself, they’ll fool very few any of the time. It’s impossible to spend one’s life having to deal with people like Ron and Rand Paul and miss seeing and confirming the very loud clues they’re sending out–clues that say, if given the chance, in their hands, the America we know today won’t exist in the very near future. These people aren’t interested in democracy. Their main goal is to get and wield as much power as they possibly can, even if it means nullifying the powers of all levels of government and those of the citizens. Call it an innate desire to establish a corporatocracy,a theocracy, or an autocracy in the U.S., or maybe even a government that combines certain aspects of these.

  • Kiwiwriter

    I never liked or trusted Ron Paul…I always felt that he is selling the public a bill of goods…he actually reminds me of Sinclair Lewis’s “Buzz Windrip” from “It Can’t Happen Here.”

  • are you serious?

    Ron Paul should have managed the content of his newsletter, but as the head of the Austin NAACP clearly stated, Ron is no racist. Both major parties protect the military industrial complex, and anyone who dares to confront it will be destroyed. If Ron Paul had actually gotten traction, then the attacks would have be vicious and relentless.

    If Martin Luther King was alive today, then Ron Paul and MLK would have found common ground.

  • Jake

    Ron Paul is a crank, as if any more confirmation was needed. Ron Paul’s supporters are some of the most extreme, pathetic examples of human beings there are. Paul just seems to attract them. No offence to all of Paul’s sane and intelligent supporters and those who agree with the man’s politics, but by God does Paul attract some nutjobs!

  • Sam Molloy

    Aadilia, Buddha said it like the Christian branches that say you speak your own future. If Karl Rove said it it was more like a P.T. Barnum thing.

  • concernedcitizen

    Paul is the monster not Lincoln.

    I wonder how many people in America know and understand the depth of stupidity lurking in the minds and souls of people like Ron Paul?

  • Sam Molloy

    I don’t know much about Ron Paul, except that not all of his supporters are crazy. So far his son, Rand, now a Senator from the fairly Libertarian state of Kentucky, seems to be mostly making sense. He did comment once about how the G has no fundamental right to tell a business owner who he has to do business with, but later voiced his overall support for the Civil Rights Act. And he has suggested that the Republicans quit kowtowing to the very noisy but really very few Radical Fundamentalist Christians on gay issues.

  • Aron

    When even Alex Jones is brought before a Congressional committee, you know the modern GOP has lost it’s way.

    Also, is it any surprise that the ‘Ron Paul Mental Institute for Crazy People’ is full of whack jobs? He attracts the like me to a pecan pie.

  • aadila

    Karl Rove famously said, “We can create our own reality.”


    @Matthew Bright

    Buddha said it first.

  • CM

    Lest we forget, young Rand Paul’s version of libertarian deregulation includes legalizing racial discrimination and letting “the market” settle the matter. The twig usually doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  • Reynardine

    Matthew, no. It was a waterfowl (pardon the canard)

  • Georgia Citizen

    Doesn’t Ron Paul sound like a clone of Lyndon LaRouch?
    From my point of view.Libertarians are a bunch of closeted Republicana=s who are so anti Democratic demogogues.

  • Matthew Bright

    I’m watching this maneuver on the part of the Republican Party, to make every crank conspiracy theory, every paranoid fantasy straight out of a long term care mental ward mainstream, with a sense of growing disquiet.

    Karl Rove famously said, “We can create our own reality.”

    Well, you can create your own reality. The problem is, real reality has a way of coming around to bite you on the ass when you do, and that’s how we ended up with the average American experiencing the loss of 40 percent of their wealth and the erosion, to one degree or another, of virtually every gain this society has made in the last half century.

    Unfortunately, the GOP has learned nothing. Their response to the unmitigated disaster that was the George W. Bush Presidency, in which the Right Wing in this country ran amok, is to simply double down and continue (and I’m paraphrasing here), having sexual intercourse with that chicken.

  • Erika

    this may well win the “least shocking news of 2013″ award.

    The Ron Paul Institute of Peace and Prosperity sounds like it should be a joke – what’s next, the Sarah Palin Institute of Governance?.