Ron Paul or The Turner Diaries?
Ron Paul has faced a lot of criticism recently for newsletters published in his name in the 1980s and 1990s which put forward racist, conspiracist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and pro-militia views. Paul claims not to have read them, and while that claim is of itself ridiculous, the fact of the matter is that he allowed them to be sent out in his name, he made money from them, and he defended them as late as 1996. In fact, he only began to deny authorship of the newsletters in 2001.
Whatever Paul’s involvement, the newsletters are disturbing, and reading them now (there are scans here) is a distressing experience.
Reading the newsletters, Angus Johnston, who runs the wonderful Student Activism blog, has noticed some similarities with possibly the most infamous piece of American white supremacist literature: the Turner Diaries. This paean to race war influenced Timothy McVeigh and David Copeland with its extremist message of racial purity, and yet sections of Paul’s newsletters fit neatly into place alongside this vile hate book.