Posted on | February 26, 2010 | 23 Comments
David Harsanyi seems to think so, emphasis mine:
“Congressman Paul is committed to bringing the conservative movement back to its traditional platform of limited government, balanced budgets and a foreign policy of nonintervention,” claims Jesse Benton, Paul’s spokesman.
If only it stopped there. Paul isn’t a traditional conservative. His obsession with long-decided monetary policy and isolationism are not his only half-baked crusades. Paul’s newsletters of the ’80s and ’90s were filled with anti-Semitic and racist rants, proving his slumming in the ugliest corners of conspiracyland today is no mistake.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Paul is that thousands of intellectually curious young people will have read his silly books, including End the Fed, as serious manifestoes. Though you wouldn’t know it by listening to Paul or reading his words, libertarians do have genuine ideas that conservatives might embrace.
Here is a link to Reason’s own article on the old articles. The connection between the well-founded ideas of End the Fed and the retardedness of anti-Semitism. Having read the book, but not the newsletters, I found the book made substantial points, and Harsanyi’s lame attempt at dismissal-by-association only weakens his argument.
Jonah Goldberg is a bit more reasonable, emphasis original:
I’m with Ron Paul where it matters. I think an audit of the Fed makes a lot of sense (how it would work, exactly, I think is a subject for reasonable debate). But the idea that an audit of the Fed would politicize the Fed strikes me as pretty unpersuasive given where the government is already. So, if the NeoCon cabal has issued a memo on this, I guess I didn’t get it. (Oh and for the record, I was never on the exact same page as the anti-Paul types on the right).
Lastly, here’s a prediction. If/when the Fed does get audited, it will be a lot like the search for WMDs in Iraq. All of the “slam dunk” stuff Paulistas insist is there won’t materialize. Investigators will find some interesting things, to be sure, but the big-kahuna smoking-gun stuff won’t be there. For many, this will not be proof that their theories were wrong but proof that the conspiracy is so much greater and more complex than they ever imagined.
I think that the slam dunk is the shrinkage of the value of the dollar since the Federal Reserve breathed its first undead breath. What a colossal farce. It’s an anti-democratic institution that has been complicit in the wrecking of the country.
Is Ron Pauld daft? I hardly think so, at least on domestic policy issues.