At The Daily Beast today, journalist Jamie Kirchick- the man who a few years ago exposed Ron Paul’s Newsletters- now takes on the nature of those who make up Ron Paul’s new Institute. The think tank, it turns out, is made up of an assortment of anti-Semites, anti-Americans, supporters of authoritarian Balkan regimes, opponents of America’s first “tyrant,” none other than Abraham Lincoln, 9/11 truthers, and proponents of the most bizarre conspiracy theories imaginable.

The group claims to be in favor of non-intervention. As Kirchick points out, “There is nothing inherently wrong with noninterventionism. It goes astray, however, when its adherents—in order to justify their belief that the U.S. should effectively not have a foreign policy—whitewash authoritarians abroad.” And that is precisely what they do, and key members of the group back a motley group, including Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor in Venezuela, Lukahsenko in Belarus, and of course, they favored the late Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, whom they argued was not guilty of war crimes. Claiming to also be libertarians, Kirchick points out,  these “ so-called libertarians are defending nationalist politicians who never hesitate to use the full powers of the state in quashing the personal freedoms of their citizenry.”

He sums up their anti-government extremism in the following paragraph:

In the Ron Paul Institute, we see a group of people supposedly prioritizing limited government and personal freedom shilling on behalf of regimes which have actually implemented the very sort of surveillance state policies these civil liberties obsessives routinely cry are being imposed on unsuspecting Americans by Democratic and Republican politicians alike.

Read his entire article, and send it around to anyone who know who thinks Ron Paul has something important to say.