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#1 I thought he was a Randian but how could he be Randian and anti-Semitic at the same time? Is it just the religion he dislikes and not the ethnicity?
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2012-03-01 11:53||
#2 Rep Paul is probably not anti semitic in the 19th and 20th century meaning of the word.
However, he has tried over many years to raise funds and get votes from anti-semites, Israel haters and so on. The flyer noted in the article is just such a case. Although not super successful, there are more of those folks than there are people who believe in Federal Reserve conspiracy theories and the like.
Of course the problem, for Paul, is that the people in the anti-semite and Israel hating political sector is crowded. Paul has to compete with,for example, Louis farakhan, Jeremiah Wright, Daily Kos, Media Matters and several dozen Juan Cole types in academia.
Posted by Lord Garth 2012-03-01 12:53||
#3 how could he be Randian and anti-Semitic at the same time
Rand's attitude was essentially Russian, which is by nature not necessarily condusive to being pro-semitic.
Posted by Pappy 2012-03-01 15:11||
#4 I understand about Russians but my understanding is that Ayn Rand was ethnically Jewish although she did not practice the religion. Does Ron Paul ignore that, does he think it's OK because she did not practice, or does he have some other convoluted way of working around it? Or, maybe it doesn't matter because he's a just a kook? But he's liable to be a kook with some influence at the convention.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2012-03-01 17:14||
#5 maybe it doesn't matter because he's a just a kook? Obama was and is a kook, and how much did that matter when he was elected in 2008?
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-03-01 18:35||
#6 Obama was and is a kook, and how much did that matter when he was elected in 2008?
Methinks you don't understand the meaning of 'kook'.
That said, I don't recall Obama, while a full-blown leftist, ever equating the US military (and the U.S. in general) to the Taliban.
Posted by Pappy 2012-03-01 21:33||
#7 I don't understand RuPaul's anti-Jew/Israel stuff either. Libertarians hold (and I agree) that racial/ethnic prejudice is inefficient. Let people behave as they will, and the markets will sort everyone out. How is anti-semitism consistent with that?
Posted by RandomJD 2012-03-01 22:14||
#8 "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
Hate and convenience are common enough companions, RandomJD. He may well be as pleasant a man as everyone says, but a good many of his companions most definitely are not. The exact same should be said about our beloved president, whose own boon companions have been antisemites, terrorists and open supporters of terrorists.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-03-01 23:12||