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Ron Radosh

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April 25, 2013 - 7:56 am

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.

 

Ronald Radosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, and a Prof. Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is the author or co-author of 14 books.

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While the claim to be followers of Constitutional government Libertarians are really Social Revolutionary anarchists.

The Constitution does not set up the weak central government that Libertarians claim to champion. The Constitution sets up a strong central government in a limited number of areas. Specifically, the areas where Libertarians want no action take, i.e. foreign policy and defense, law enforcement, interstate and international commerce, taxation and monetary instruments. Needless to say the Libertarian doesn't recognize concept of public goods either.

But do they favor state government instead? State governments do the same sorts of things that the Federal government does only on a more local scale. As many eastern blue states have shown in the past few months they are as equally, if not more so, capable of trampling on Constitutional rights so clearly Libertarians don't like state governments either.

What about city governments? Do I need to say anything more than Bloomberg or Emanuel?

The only authority that Libertarians are inclined to accept is at the small community level where like-minded people come together based on mutual interests. In other words today's Libertarians are market oriented radical syndicalists just like the social revolutionaries in 1917 Russia.

Libertarians are nothing more than free market Progressives. Their only deviation from Progressive orthodoxy is that they believe markets will deliver sex and drugs at lower prices and in greater quantities. Libertarians are fools while Progressives are knaves. Progressives champion Libertarian-like social policies because they know that it will increase poverty and dependence. The Progressives are much smarter than the Libertarian set.
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People discuss about "non-intervention" when we are actually being bombed by the islamic imperialists here at home ?

It just sounds demented.

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