New Republic, Left Libertarians, Can`t Face Facts—Ron Paul Letter`s “Scandalous” Assertions (Mostly) True
James Kirchick`s New Republic
Angry White Man
and its later
follow-up, uncovered a number of controversial
statements on taboo subjects such as
urban crime, South Africa, and Martin Luther King
from decades-old copies of Ron Paul`s newsletter. The
language in the newsletters is sometimes crude and
hyperbolic. Ron Paul has denied writing the letters or
having much knowledge about their contents. Most
everyone is willing to accept that—particularly if they
know how things are done in Washington. But this is not
a sufficient answer for TNR—or, significantly,
for Paul`s libertarian critics.
As usual the starting point for
everyone discussing the newsletter—including Ron Paul
himself—is that all the statements contained in it are
vile, untrue, and indefensible. Yet a rational,
unemotional look at the letter shows that most of the
allegedly vile etc. statements are in fact defensible.
This is not to say that these
letters are beyond criticism. When dealing with taboo
issues, the truth is shocking enough. Whoever wrote
these pieces made rational discussion more difficult
because their language made it easier to dismiss their
content as the product of racist crackpots. And some of
the statements—such as repeating the suggestion [PDF]
that one should wipe off one`s gun after shooting an
Nonetheless, looking past the
rhetoric, there more than a few grains of truth behind
the "controversial" assertions Kirchick retails
- On Race
Riots: "As early as December 1989, a section
of his Investment Letter, titled "What To Expect for the
1990s," predicted that "Racial Violence Will Fill Our
Kirchick writes as if this is
self-evidently wrong. But of course, as the LA Riots of
1992 showed, this was prophetic.
Reasons To Riot:[The Paul Letter blamed the
riots on] `civil rights,` quotas, mandated hiring
preferences, set-asides for government contracts,
gerrymandered voting districts, black bureaucracies,
black mayors, black curricula in schools, black tv
shows, black tv anchors, hate crime laws, and public
humiliation for anyone who dares question the black
agenda." It also denounced "the media" for believing
that "America`s number one need is an unlimited white
checking account for underclass blacks."
But liberals have perpetrated a
great injustice to blacks by creating the idea that
their problems are caused by racism, and are therefore
owed something by society and not responsible for their
actions. This used to be common knowledge among all
conservatives—even neoconservatives—but now stating this
simple fact is somehow beyond the pale.
Black conservative commentator
Thomas Sowell said it best:
the 1960s, the idea spread like wildfire that whatever
you were lacking was someone else`s fault—society`s
fault. If you were poor, whether at home or in some
Third World country, you were one of the
`dispossessed`—even if you had never possessed anything
to dispossess you of.
urban ghetto riots that swept across the country during
the 1960s were all blamed on society…President Lyndon
Johnson …blamed urban violence on social conditions,
saying: `All of us know what those conditions are:
ignorance, discrimination, slums, poverty, disease, not
sweeping and heady vision made it unnecessary to stoop
to anything so mundane as hard facts—which would have
included the fact that urban riots struck most often and
most violently when and where this collective guilt
vision prevailed.” [Aftermath
of the 1960s?, April 26, 2007]
Walter Williams, another black conservative agrees
that black crime,
mostly the result of predators not having to pay a heavy
enough price for their behavior. They benefit from all
kinds of asinine excuses, such as poverty, racial
discrimination and few employment opportunities. [Liberal
Views, Black Victims,
August 22, 2007]
Kirchick was also upset that the letter
argued LA`s Korean shopkeepers were "the only
people to act like
real Americans, mainly because they have not yet
been assimilated into our rotten liberal culture,
which admonishes whites faced by raging blacks to
lie back and think of England."
But how did the white Establishment
react? The supposedly "brutal" L.A. police force
was unable and/or unwilling to
stop the riots. It wasn`t until the fourth day when
the Marines and Army came in that order was restored.
In the aftermath of the riots,
little was done to punish the rioters. Instead, the
age-old protection against
double jeopardy was violated to bring trumped up
"civil rights" charges against the already-acquitted
Stacey Koon and
Lawrence Powell. The two men were sentenced to 30
months in jail and an attempt was made on Koon`s life
after they were forced into a halfway house.
Rodney King was awarded $3.8
million by the city and used the money to start a rap
label. He has been arrested
over twelve times since the speeding incident for
which he was originally being arrested, for crimes
hitting his wife with his car, threatening to kill
his daughter and her mother, and repeating his 100 mph
PCP induced drive.
One of the most notorious crimes:
the attack against white truck driver Reginald Denny. He
was dragged out of his truck, him with a claw hammer,
and one of four assailants,
Damian Williams, threw a slab of concrete against
his right temple. He then danced over Denny`s near-dead
body and waved gang signs to the television cameras.
When they were arrested, protesters threatened more
riots if the city did not "Free the L.A. Four".
None of them served more than four years in jail.
Shortly after his release Williams was
arrested for murder.
In contrast, the
Koreans realized that the government was incapable
of protecting the lives and property of its citizens
and defended their property
with their own firearms. After the riots, instead
of wringing their hands, they organized a permanent self
Kirchick complained that the letter also questioned
the merits of black rule in South Africa.
views on race also inflected the newsletters` commentary
on foreign affairs. South Africa`s
transition to multiracial democracy was portrayed as
a `destruction of civilization` that was `the most
tragic [to] ever occur on that continent, at least below
the Sahara`; and, in March 1994, a month before
Nelson Mandela was elected president, one item
warned of an impending `South African Holocaust.`”
Has a "South African Holocaust"
occurred? Maybe not yet, but there have been some very
troubling signs. The crime rate has skyrocketed. South
Africa now has the second highest
murder rates in the world. Of course,
street crime is nowhere close to a Holocaust, but
many conflicts classified as genocide by the Main Stream
Media, such as
Rwanda, involve governments turning a blind eye to
racial killings. And since the end of Apartheid over
white farmers have been murdered in home
invasions—an astonishing rate of 313 per 100,000 per
year. The new South African government has done little
to try to stop these racially-motivated attacks.
The left wing Genocide Watch
issued an alert
“Concerning the number of Boer
farmers slain since the end of apartheid in South
Africa, The threat of destruction of a group must not be
ignored because its numbers are small or its members
disfavoured because they have acted in discriminatory
ways in the past.” [Over
1000 Boer Farmers In South Africa Have Been Murdered
Since 1991 ]
Last fall, South African Minister
of Agriculture Lulu Xingwana said the government
would not be happy until "land ownership in the
country reflects its demographics in terms of race."
While the government has tried to
make the process somewhat voluntary, it has consistently
threatened forcible land seizures. Xingwana threatened
"We will no longer waste time negotiating with
people who are not committed to transformation."[Pik
Botha condemns affirmative action, By James Myburgh
July 16, 2007]
Of course, this
has already occurred in Zimbabwe. And the
relationship between the South African leadership and
Robert Mugabe makes these statements even more
troubling. Current president Thabo Mbeki has yet to
denounce Mugabe. His expected successor
Jacob Zuma has made some mild criticisms, but has
“The people love him, so
how can we condemn him? Many in Africa believe that
there is a racist aspect to European and American
criticism of Mugabe. Millions of blacks died in Angola,
the Republic of Congo and Rwanda. A few whites lost
their lives in Zimbabwe, unfortunately, and already the
West is bent out of shape.” [The
monkey on Zuma`s shoulder, By James Myburgh, 13
Time will tell whether South Africa
will degrade into a genocidal banana republic like
Zimbabwe. But it is perfectly reasonable to be
Martin Luther King.
The Ron Paul Letter also made some criticisms of
Martin Luther King.
In an article "X-Rated Martin
Luther King" [PDF]
it described the man as a "world-class philanderer
who beat up his paramours," "seduced underage
girls and boys," and "made a pass at" fellow
civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy.
I have not heard of any claims that
King was involved with minors, but most of these
allegations have been substantiated. Ralph Abernathy,
who King called his best friend, described the last day
of King`s life in his autobiography
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.
According to Abernathy, King was with
three women that night, and when the third became angry
at seeing King in bed with another woman, King knocked
her across the room.
The late African American
journalist Carl Rowan discussed conversations he had
with congressmen who heard FBI surveillance tapes of
King making sexually suggestive comments towards
Abernathy. Other FBI agents who monitored King have told
many similar stories. We will not know the extent of it
until his file is unsealed in 2027. (Why so late?)
The sex lives of everyone from
Thomas Jefferson to
Bill Clinton are now under a microscope. That merely
mentioning these indisputable facts about King is
somehow scandalous says a great deal about how much of
sacred cow King has become.
King was a
"flagrant plagiarist with a phony doctorate."
This statement is
simply true. When the King Papers were donated to
Stanford University in the late 1980s it became clear
that "instances of textual appropriation can be seen
in his earliest extant writings as well as his
dissertation. The pattern is also noticeable in his
speeches and sermons throughout his career," as King
Papers editor Clayborne Carson
put it. Large portions of King`s dissertation were
plagiarized from fellow Boston University student
Jack Boozer, among other sources.
The ways in which this information
was suppressed, why Boston University did not revoke his
PhD, and the outlandish and sometimes comical
justifications for his plagiarism are a story in and of
itself—told by Theodore Pappas in Plagiarism and the Culture War: The Writings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Other Prominent Americans.
Which brings us to "We can thank
[Reagan] for our annual Hate Whitey Day."
Describing Martin Luther King Day
Whitey Day" is a bit extreme, but there is no
doubt the holiday is not just about celebrating King`s
supposedly colorblind dream. Every single Martin Luther
King day, we are subjected to calls to "Redeem the
Dream" and take care of King`s "unfinished
King Holiday has been the rallying point for various
left wing causes from
reparations for slavery,
socialist economic policies,
affirmative action, attacking
the Confederate flag etc.
This is not just the Left
"hijacking" the holiday. As I demonstrated in my
2002 Lewrockwell.com piece
"The Myths of Martin Luther King", King was clearly a
man of the Left on virtually every issue from foreign
policy to school prayer to economics to affirmative
action and reparations for slavery. But rather than
criticize King, conservatives pretended he was one of
their own and in the process made him untouchable.
that King is a leftist and that given his
sainthood, we must follow his agenda.
What`s going on here?
To a large extent, it`s a civil war
among libertarians. Left
Reason Magazine columnist
Jacob Sullum now
of having tried to
construct an "anti-statist coalition partly by
appealing to racial resentments."
"Dynamist" Virginia Postrel
who objects to Paul`s stands against the war and open
borders, said that this just shows that Paul isn`t
tolerant cosmopolitan." and her friends at
Reason should have been able to
"detect something awry in Paul`s populist appeals."
The irony of this all is that the
paleolibertarians in recent years have put much less
emphasis on their opposition to multiculturalism and
mass immigration. Rockwell himself even
said in 2007 that he no longer considers himself a
paleolibertarian. Indeed, Dave Weigel and Julian Sanchez
actually concede in their anti-paleo polemic in
"visitors to LewRockwell.com or Mises.org
since 2001 are less likely to feel the need for a
How long is it since LRC linked to VDARE.COM?
Ron Paul has responded to this
controversy by stating that being a "racist
libertarian" is an oxymoron and citing his
admiration of Martin Luther King. His supporters are now
planning a Martin Luther King Day money bomb.
Needless to say, this is not enough
for the left libertarians. Weigel and Sanchez at
Reason have demanded that he identify "the
author(s) of the race-baiting material and [repudiate]
not just the sentiments it represents but the poisonous,
self-defeating strategy of building an anti-collectivist
movement on group hatred." [Who
Wrote Ron Paul`s Newsletters? January 16, 2008]
What`s basically happening:
Johnny-come-latelies to the Ron Paul campaign are trying
to turn the "revolution" against the people who
were there from the beginning. They want convert it into
the same old trite open borders libertarianism pushed by
Cato Institute and Reason.
If there is any silver lining to
this manufactured cloud, it is that it gives Ron Paul
and his true supporters a perfect opportunity to stand
up against the left-wing libertine libertarians—and
emphasize that freedom means the freedom to be
But will they take it?
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