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More on Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act

May 20, 2010

I think Ace nails it, not only was Paul’s answer stupid, but it was historically incorrect, meanwhile the attempts to portray Paul’s answer as some sort of principled libertarian stand continue. It isn’t, it may be a libertarian stand but it certainly isn’t principled. That said I am not going to accuse Paul of racism, I have no evidence of that, just stupidity. As has been pointed out in various other places, he should have been prepared for this question, it has been asked of him before.

One thing that amuses me is people becoming outraged upset (outraged was too strong a word) over the attempt to smear Paul as a racist when after all it’s just politics.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. John David Galt permalink
    May 22, 2010 8:03 pm

    Yes, the absolute right to refrain from trading with someone else for ANY reason is a libertarian principle.

    And no, outraged is not too strong a word. Smearing someone as a racist is hitting below the belt and ought to get the smearer forced to drop out of the race (and the election rerun) upon conviction for libel.

  2. jenn1964 permalink*
    May 22, 2010 8:34 pm

    Smearing someone as a racist is hitting below the belt and ought to get the smearer forced to drop out of the race (and the election rerun) upon conviction for libel.

    Freedom of speech is supposedly a libertarian principle also and if a person is suggesting that refusing to trade with someone on the basis of their race is ok then that person is in fact a racist.

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