Rand Paul and the Paleos
(The American Consrvative Blog) -- by Daniel McCarthy --
During the Bush years, disciples of Leo Strauss often complained that they were unfairly typecast as neoconservatives. There are many kinds of Straussian, including the antiwar French conservative Pierre Manent, the libertarian Paul Cantor, and even a few Front Porcher traditionalists. Many neoconservatives likewise insisted that they were not now, nor had they ever been, Straussians. The two categories had some significant overlap — especially in Kristols pere et fils — but adherents of each thought it unfair to assume the two were coterminous.
Ross Douthat has now done for Rand Paul and the paleoconservatives what Straussians and neocons claimed had been done to them: Douthat has blended together some overlapping but distinct non-neo varieties of the Right to pronounce Rand Paul a paleoconservative. And by the commutative principle, whatever objectionable things one paleo has said may now be applied to Rand Paul. Thus, the Kentucky Republican’s reservations about the Civil Rights Act can be traced not only to libertarianism but to racially minded thinkers like Sam Francis.
Several points of clarification are in order. First, paleolibertarians and paleoconservatives formed an alliance in the 1990s, but they stem from separate origins and have branched out in different ways since then. Murray Rothbard, the original paleolibertarian, was also the original libertarian simpliciter, a co-founder of the non-paleo Cato Institute and at various times an ally of Dixiecrats, National Review, the League of Stevensonian Democrats, the New Left, and the Libertarian Party before joining forces with paleoconservatives in the 1990s. The other leading paleolibertarians, Ron Paul and his former staffer Lew Rockwell, don’t have backgrounds quite so eclectic — Rockwell was an editor for the conservative publisher Arlington House and Hillsdale College back in the day and edited a medical-industry newsletter, Paul got involved in Austrian economics and Republican politics long before the term paleoconservative had been coined in its present meaning. Rand Paul is most closely connected, of course, to his father’s views. But if that makes Rand a paleolibertarian, it doesn’t mean that he subscribes to some strict body of dogma. One cannot use the commutative principle even to ascribe Rothbard’s views to Rand Paul...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
This whole episode is just a little bump in the road for Rand Paul, and may actually end up helping him. In his writing’s of late, Pat Buchanan has correctly detected a white backlash against the tenets of political correctness and against anti-white racism, of which aspects (such as affirmative action) of the ‘64 Civil Rights Act are a cornerstone. The liberal and neocon media are gnashing their teeth and going ape about Paul’s faux pas right now, but it will all blow over soon enough, and most white voters will be left with the question: He went on and on about how he opposed institutional racism, so why the hell did they try to crucify the guy for speaking up for property rights?
These politically correct authoritarians have become like the boy who cried wolf, and people are sick to death of their Bolshevik hypocrisy and contrived hysteria.
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