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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 07:09 AM

 

Ron Paul’s New Organization Reportedly Stacked with Extremists

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2013/04/26/ron-pauls-new-organization-reportedly-stacked-with-extremists/

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 Lou 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 .."

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Phillip McCleod Apr 2013 OP
NoPasaran Apr 2013 #1
muriel_volestrangler Apr 2013 #2
dionysus Apr 2013 #3
n2doc Apr 2013 #4
PeaceNikki Apr 2013 #6
PeaceNikki Apr 2013 #5
crystal dawn Apr 2013 #7

Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 09:04 AM

1. I am shocked---shocked to find Ron Paul hanging out with a cabal of crackpots

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Response to NoPasaran (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 10:44 AM

2. The person who should shock you on the advisory board: Denis Kucinich

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/about-us.aspx

He could be throwing his reputation in the toilet.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:03 AM

3. yikes!

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:09 AM

4. Denis has jumped the shark

Too bad, it will taint the good causes that he once stood and fought for. I wonder what he gets out of this?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:14 AM

6. Disgusting.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:10 AM

5. If they weren't extremists before, we're in for a ride.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 10:41 AM

7. wow

COL. LAWRENCE WILKERSON is on the Academic Board!

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