(originally published July 16th, 2013)
Dear Mr. Ron Paul,
I think the biggest assumption that you make is that we live in a post-racial society, and that we’ve deconstructed race at every level. You don’t explicitly say this, but your position is dependent on this. The entire American “Libertarian” ideology is dependent on this idea that we are all equal. The truth is in our society, people are not equal. We should be, and that’s an ideal most working people in the U.S. have, but if you think we’ve “arrived” somewhere, I would call that naïve, and this naïve notion is ubiquitous in white culture.
Your solution is also naïve and vague, and conveniently identifiable with large number of people. “Liberty”. This is toxic and Orwellian in my opinion. We will never have “Liberty” without dismantling racism. I believe when politicians use terms like “Liberty”, “Equality”, and “Peace”, you use them in a disingenuous manner. I can’t say it surprises me, but it’s also a major factor in Americans quickly losing faith in the system altogether.
If you feel racism is “collectivist”, then subject it to a class analysis, because I think “collectivist”, despite the McCarthyist appeal you’re making, it alludes to something rather true. Racism is found at many levels of society. You’re a politician, you should know the statistics on race and the police state, the justice system, the prison system, and economic disparity. Racism is intersectional with classism. Institutionalized racism reflects that of a white (now colorblind) ruling class. It’s become subversive and advanced as the mode of production you believe is our solution to everything, dependent on naïve notions of equality.
Oh yeah, aren’t you a Nazi?
(in response to:)
“Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called ‘diversity’ actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence, not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.” – Ron Paul