Ron Paul Claims Libertarians Would Repeal Civil Rights Act of 1964

by Scott Creighton


In an interview with status quo apologist Chris Mathews, libertarian Ron Paul made it clear that he is a lot more like his business firster son Rand than his own apologists like to admit.

About a year ago while Rand was running for his entitled position in the senate (“entitled” because his DADDY spent his entire career on the government dime, so of course Rand gets his seat as well) he went on the Rachel Maddow Show (another status quo apologist) and refused to say he would have voted for the civil rights act back in ’64.

Daddy did that one better.

Back then, while Rand was meeting with AIPAC and various Neocons promising them he would do the right thing once he started getting  his government check, everyone was saying that Rand was not like his father. That he was somehow different, somehow more neoliberal than his more ethical pa.

Not true. Ron’s interview with Chris goes quite a bit further.

During his May 13th interview, Ron let on that he thinks the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should be repealed and he even suggested that as a libertarian, they all want to repeal that law. His argument is that the mythological invisible hand of the “free market” would keep people from being racist and putting restrictions on the kinds of people they serve at their various establishments. It’s a ridiculous claim especially in light of the climate right now toward Muslims.

But again, it’s just another distraction.. another abortion debate to distract people from what is really going on in this country. Ron Paul would never be elected even though he is the embodiment of the neoliberal IMF based revolution taking place in this country right now. He is anti-worker’s rights, anti-civil rights, anti-Social Security, anti-Medicare. He’s against “big government” just so long as it stays big enough to employ all his children who seem to have a birth right to those government checks for life.

Here’s the interview. I am sure the Paul apologists will be all over this one. Get set for the “revolution”  folks.

23 Responses

  1. How did these sewer rats get elected the first time?

  2. Nonsense, Ron Paul claimed nothing of the sort. He had criticisms of some parts of the act but said he would have voted to end Jim Crow laws. No one plans on repealing the act at all.

  3. sorry but he actually said “as a libertarian we would repeal all those laws”

  4. at the risk of being accused of having a “seriously wonky viewpoint” – i have to give this one to paul.

    i started the video expecting to agree with your assessment. the words ‘repeal civil rights act’ does elicit a brief emotional reaction, but after watching the whole video i understand it to be a reasonable
    call for property rights and freedom, not a call for
    racism or segregation.

  5. history ain’t on your side. The all powerful free market invisible hand had no problem continuing with segregation up until 1964 when hard fought victory was won and regulation ended it. well, as much as you can in a system like this one. Ron Paul’s proclaimed belief that the free market will end segregation is a lie, and at least he knows it.

  6. I keep hearing from other right wingers like Peter Schiff who say that the Civil Rights act encourages racial discrimination. I don’t see how; it’s like a meme that they keep repeating over and over again until it becomes the collective truth.

  7. Yeah Matt, it’s not just Ron and it’s not just the republicans really. Ever since the New Deal, there have been a faction of this society that wanted to turn all of these advancements back and the Civil Rights act is a big one for them. Their have been state level assaults on child labor laws, minimum wage laws, obviously Medicaid and Medicare… unions… they are trying to roll back all of these things and the Civil Rights Act will be a big one for them. If they can get that little bit of deregulation, they figure they can get everything. and they are probably right.

  8. the repeating of the meme thing worked well for them with Social Security didn’t it? I mean, how many people actually think that Social Security is insolvent these days? Those numbers and studies they cited back in the beginning were completely bogus and it was shown to be so, but repeat it enough and keep saying it over and over again until people are tired of pointing out what a crock it is, and eventually you make something untrue into the accepted reality.

  9. Repeal civil rights? Did you actually listen to the interview? And to say that WHITES ONLY signs would pop up again in 2012 America- what about WHITES NOT ALLOWED signs. Why is it a one-way issue, about how libertarians want to take rights away?

    How about there are no special group rights, we are all just people. MLK didn’t fight for the government to force its way into private establishments, or for some kind of institutionalized economic equality. Why not remove govt from interfering in people’s PRIVATE affairs.


  10. Actually I did listen to the interview and he did say that libertarians would repeal the Civil Rights Act

  11. “MLK didn’t fight for the government to force its way into private establishments…”

    and there you have it… libertarians already re-writing history in order to support their flawed hero no matter what he says

  12. JTWilliams, the govenment has many laws that protect small private interprises…. and laws that protect the huge corportions …… you don’t seem to be protesting those laws…..
    the civil rights laws have to stay … intact…
    hands off…

  13. @ jtw

    “How about there are no special group rights, we are all just people”

    that is the answer.

    there is no other rule.

  14. … the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy … Quigley

    President Barack Obama
    Uncle Sam or Uncle Tom

  15. “How about there are no special group rights, we are all just people”

    Because Jim Crow represented total equality. Or have you all forgotten about that?

  16. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities, with a supposedly “separate but equal” status for black Americans. In reality, this led to treatment and accommodations that were usually inferior to those provided for white Americans, systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages.

    Some examples of Jim Crow laws are the segregation of public schools, public places and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The U.S. military was also segregated. These Jim Crow Laws were separate from the 1800–1866 Black Codes, which also restricted the civil rights and civil liberties of African Americans. State-sponsored school segregation was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education. Generally, the remaining Jim Crow laws were overruled by the Civil Rights Act of 1964[1] and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

  17. Scott,
    Long time, first time…

    I almost daily visit your site for lots of the stuff you track – firstly 9/11, then all things related to the “empire” – war lies, general propaganda, false stories, Military industry, Bank industry, Big pharma/agriculture, etc.
    I think you did and continue to do a marvelous job of tracking the Egypt uprisings, the fake North Korea torpedo story, the fake Libya rebels, and many othersl.

    But, I think you’ve got it all wrong on Ron Paul, and possibly your overall understanding of modern libertarianism or classical liberalism (whichever term you prefer) is lacking.

    I personally woke up to the truth of “empire” in the late nineties a few years after graduating from one of the most staunchly conservative, brain-washing universities in the country — Texas A&M University. And I have slowly been trying to digest the slivers of truth as I encounter them ever since.
    The official story of 9/11 was an obvious lie to me on day one, and I have been reading and tracking this topic first and foremost ever since.

    But there are also other pieces to the puzzle of “empire” that are worth learning about, including the competing ideas and philosophy of liberty and freedom.
    “Liberty” and “freedom”, as cliché and vague-sounding as those words seem, is really the core of what Ron Paul is all about – personal liberty and freedom.
    Meaning: the government should have no authority to tell me what I can do or not do with my property – starting with my own body (what I choose to eat, drink, smoke, buy) – as long as I do not harm, steal, or intrude on another’s personal property, starting with their body.

    I think these concepts are fairly simple and easy to apply to the universal human existence. And I think that RP does a fairly good job of adhering to these principles.

    And as you probably are aware by now, because the “left vs. right” show is such a meaningless sham, RP is one of the only people in federal politics that gives me any reason to tune in.

    I don’t know. I don’t have all the answers, and I won’t pretend to be an expert on any of this, but a lot of what RP says and the various positions he takes just make a lot of sense – starting with ending all wars and closing down all foreign military bases, to ending the FED (which fund and make possible all the murderous wars), to ending the CIA and FBI, to ending the horribly corrupt and murderous “War on Drugs”, and others. If he could accomplish just one of those, I would be ecstatic.

    And somehow, I get the feeling you would agree with me, as it seems to sync with a lot of the things you don’t like either. But maybe I’m wrong…

  18. I’m glad you chose to leave a comment, Aaron. The Ron Paul question is a good one, and it really lies at the heart of what many of us are trying to do.

    You know, I used to give Mr. Paul a break on all of this. I figured he was having an influence that was positive at least to some point. But recently Ron seems to have decided to make my mind up for me, to force my hand on the matter.

    I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t tell you now that I think Mr. Paul is probably one of the most dangerous politicians out there today, at least since the make-up has bled off Barack.

    How can anyone say they are against “liberty” and “freedom”? Does any politician actually claim they want endless war? No. They claim there’s going to be endless war, because of some pretext that forces us to it.

    Paul epitomizes the Neoliberal agenda. He is the personification of the plan laid out in 1971 by Lewis Powell in his manifesto memo.

    You gain “freedom” Aaron when you are not a slave to your place of employment… you gain “Liberty” when you have the freedom to live as well as to work. These are the lessons we learned from the 1930s til the late ’70s early ’80s.

    You have “freedom” Aaron when you have access to an education. Our public education system was the model for all the world. It was better and turning out smarter students than nearly all of the industrialized nations in the 70s and 80s and where it allowed to continue on the path that it was on without being deliberately undermined by underfunding, we would undoubtedly be the best educated public in the world today.

    But there is a plan that has been in motion for many decades now. A plan to destroy the public education system, to dumb-down the American public, to make intellectualism a dark and despised thing. Well, that is, intellectualism for the masses.

    There is a plan to deregulate all business. All banks. How has that worked out for us so far?

    There is a plan to strip American workers from their ability to collectively bargain. Hell, even Reagan said that would be the end of democracy itself.

    In a world where I am free to chose a union or not, and still I am promised a fair wage for a fair days work, how is that supposed to withhold my “freedom” in your libertarian view? As the wage structure falls and we work more hours, more productively, for a lower and lower standard of living, while the owners and stock holders rake in more and more profits for themselves, how does that ensure my “liberty”?

    How does making sure that people can’t afford to retire until they are 75 or 80 and even then they can’t retire in any way that reflects the kind of living they should enjoy after a lifetime of work, how does that make us “free”?

    Once regulations on business start dropping, and they will, you will see in your lifetime the rise of child labor, slave labor (already in practice in the PIC), the end of minimum wage laws, open border policies (they are already trucking them in by the thousands now in time for amnesty), the end of overtime laws (already happening), forced relocation, even work camps where the poor are basically forced into indentured servitude.

    In short, all the things that Ron Paul stands for are the things that make the ultra rich in this country more and more money.

    Now if he came out and said that, none of the young people would follow him. So he doesn’t. Instead he talks about “liberty” and “freedom” and all that wonderful stuff, that is really exactly the opposite of what the world would be he were to have his way.

    The deficit is not caused by Social Security and Medicare as Ron Paul has recently claimed. It is caused by trillions handed out in a real wealth redistribution program called the Bailouts, and by trillions spent on wars of aggression to garner resources and banking profits enjoyed by a very few… it was caused by greedy bankers and financial planners who PLANNED all of this… and it is caused by greedy insurance companies raping the people of this country like mobsters used to in bad gangster flicks.

    Of course he says audit the fed, of course he says the war on drugs is a crock… because saying that is what makes people like you listen to the rest of it.

    What is happening is actually a war on empathy, Aaron… and Ron Paul’s “liberty to only give a shit about one’s self” is the war we face today. It is not a war to be fought in the streets or in some Afghani battle ground, it is literally a war for the soul of America. This is what you have to see. Its what you have to understand.

  19. yes, ron paul is calling for freedom, but in the context of his speech and anti 64 civil rights act, it seems he is defending the personal liberties of the kkk to lynch and hurt black people. he is defending the freedom of hotels, restaurants among other businesses to discriminate on their patrons based on race and the like.

    • that’s exactly what he is saying; businesses have the “right” to discriminate as they see fit and that in the end the “free market” will decide. It’s just all part of the libertarian notion that all business should be left completely deregulated… “free” to do as they wish.

  20. Ron Paul is against the 1964 civil rights act because business owners have the right to hire and admit whomever they please based on property rights. He didn’t state that he would repeal it and indeed did state that he would have voted to end the Jim Crow laws. Blacks in America need to break the chains of dependence engendered by the 1964 Civil Rights Act and use the $1.1 trillion in income that they bring in to build their own businesses and schools as is their right to do as free citizens of this country. As far as the free market goes, it doesn’t make sense to prohibit any group from purchasing from other groups but at the end of the day, to each their own. Apart from the changes coming from the ending of Jim Crow, statistics have borne out the fact that blacks still find themselves at the head of the class regarding those issues of negative consequence and at the back of the bus regarding those issues of positive benefit. In other words, the civil rights act has, in large part, failed.

  21. The US has absolutely no power to regulate the World’s central banks, and further regulating US Businesses is no answer, only a hinderance to US competitiveness. Sound money, however, is an answer, because fractional reserve banking is based upon fiat manipulation.

    I’m sorry, but Ron Paul made the correct economic predictions years ago. Not heeding his warnings then was what was truly “dangerous”.

  22. Fuck you and everything you stand for. RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT 2016!!! Ron Paul has more integrity in his little finger than you have in your whole body. You want to throw around wild accusations about racism. Your is a biased arguement that the Obama administration probably manufactured just for your use and the use of people similar to you. You are part of the problem with your government misinformation. Fuck you!!!!!!

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