Remember when the controversy over all the racist and crazy stuff in Ron Paul’s old newsletters hit a few years ago? Paul said he didn’t write any of that stuff, that it was really Lew Rockwell and that he disavowed those things. Guess what? They’re back together again. Now out of public office, it seems Paul is just fine with Rockwell’s insane views after all.
As difficult as it was then to believe that Paul had no role in the production of newsletters written in his own name and which netted his family over $1 million per year, or that he did not even know who was writing them, it is now impossible to extricate Paul from the extremist views of his hangers-on. That is because Paul, who retired from Congress in January, has decisively thrown in his lot with a bevy of conspiracy theorists, cranks, and apologists for some of the worst regimes on the planet.
On April 17, Paul announced the creation of a new think tank, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, which, according to its website, “continues and expands Dr. Paul’s lifetime of public advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home.” Sitting on the advisory board is none other than Rockwell.
The board of that institute includes a bevy of nuts and cranks, including the usual neo-confederate types and a couple 9/11 truthers. Much more on all of them at the link above.