Haaretz: In the past, you have been accused by various groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, of accepting the support of racist and anti-Semitic elements and of not doing anything to distance yourself from them. What is your reaction to this accusation?

Ron Paul: I have always made it clear, and will continue to do so, that my message is based on the rights of all people to be treated equally. Any type of racism or anti-Semitism is incompatible with my philosophy. Ludwig von Mises, the great economist whose writing helped inspire my political career, was a Jew who was forced to leave his native Austria to escape the Nazis. Mises wrote about the folly of seeing people as part of groups rather than as individuals. Therefore, for me to advance anti-Semitism in any way would be a betrayal of my own intellectual heritage.



Wolf Blitzer: You repudiate all of these racist comments…all of the slurs that are contained…uh…in these newsletters?

Ron Paul: Well, the most important thing is anything I’ve ever said in my life has repudiated that for years and years and years. So I do repudiate everything that is written along those lines.


Ron Paul: I got their [white nationalists’] money away from them! So it’s a plus! Cause I’m gonna spend it for what I consider a very positive thing.

Maria Hinojosa: But you could make a statement now that says, “I do not want any white supremacists [supporting my campaign]”.

Ron Paul: I don’t…I don’t [want White supremacists supporting my campaign]. I think uh…the philosophy of uh…of White supremacy…is completely wrong…it’s immoral…it…

Maria Hinojosa: So you do not want White supremacist groups supporting your campaign?

Ron Paul: No, I don’t. Because it just muddies the water. So uh, why would I want their money? Why do…I don’t need it…huh huh…you know.


Ron Paul: And you know, Libertarianism…uh…is the enemy of all racism. Because racism is a collectivist idea…it’s uh…you put people in categories. You say, ‘well, blacks belong here and whites here and women here.’ Well we don’t see people in forms…or…or…gays…you don’t have rights because you’re gays or women or minorities. You have rights because you’re an individual. So we see people as strictly as individuals, and we get these individuals in a natural way. So it’s exactly opposite of all collectivism. And it’s absolutely anti-racism, because we…we don’t see it in those terms.


Ron Paul: No, I’m not a racist. As a matter of fact, Rosa Parks is one of my heroes…Martin Luther King is a hero. Because they practiced the libertarian principle of civil disobedience non-violence. Libertarians are incapable of being a racist, because…uh…racism is a collectivist idea…you see people in groups. A…a civil libertarian like myself sees everybody as an important individual. It’s not the color of their skin that is important, as Martin Luther King said. What is important is the character of…of the individual.

Ron Paul: What I defend is the principle of libertarianism where we never see people who belong to a group, and every individual is defended and protected because they’re important as an individual, not because of the color of their skin but of their character. So I am the anti-racist.

Ron Paul: But that doesn’t mean that you can…you know…indirectly charge me as being a racist. And that is what is being done, and yet I am the most anti-racist because I don’t see people in collective groups.

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