Rasputins of the Mind: A Stroll Down Memory Lane, Courtesy of a Smear

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Rasputin, willful blindness is mulish.

Once
again LewRockwell.com's commitment to decentralization and
freedom of association has been inverted to mean support for state-imposed
racial separation. On this occasion the inversion refers to "the
defenders of Jim Crow over at Lew Rockwell's shop."

Let's
take a stroll down memory lane.

Exhibit
1:

Of
course forced segregation laws were idiotic, actively detrimental
to human liberty, and should have been condemned roundly by
every principled defender of free association.

Where
did this appear? On
that bastion of segregationism, LewRockwell.com
.

Exhibit
2:

…this
system [Jim Crow], inter alia, perpetrated coercive disassociation
and violated freedom of contract…Rothbardians cherish the property
rights on which Jim Crow trampled…

Where
did this appear? On
that bastion of segregationism, LewRockwell.com
.

Exhibit
3:

…myriad
Black Codes existed that prohibited blacks from migrating into
most Northern states and kept them from entering into contracts,
voting, marrying whites, testifying in court against whites
(which invited criminal abuse), or sending their children to
public schools. They were excluded altogether from all forms
of transportation or required to sit in special u2018Jim Crow sections.'
They were prohibited from entering hotels, restaurants or resorts
except as servants, and were segregated in churches, prisons,
and even cemeteries. Free blacks in the North in the 1860s were
cruelly discriminated against in every aspect of their existence,
and were denied the most fundamental of citizenship rights.

Where
did this appear? On
that bastion of segregationism, LewRockwell.com
.

I'll
stop here since you get the point; clearly we at LewRockwell.com
adore Jim Crow. And I'd add that drinking a six-pack in Riyadh is
no problem and Albania under Enver Hoxha was a haven for the devout.

Here's
another passage regarding the South in the 1950s:

The
central question that emerges — and it is not a parliamentary
question or a question that is answered by merely consulting
a catalogue of the rights of American citizens, born Equal —
is whether the White community in the South is entitled to take
such measures as are necessary to prevail, politically and culturally,
in areas where it does not predominate numerically? The sobering
answer is Yes — the White community is so entitled because,
for the time being, it is the advanced race.

That's
from an editorial in the August 24, 1957 issue of National Review,
which also referred to "the fact of Negro backwardness."
It was on National Review Online where the "defenders
of Jim Crow over at Lew Rockwell's shop" smear appeared
by Jonah Goldberg on March 19
.

Suffice
it to say I find the juxtaposition interesting.

March
22, 2003

Myles
Kantor [send him mail]
is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and president of the
Center for Free Emigration,
which agrees with Frederick Douglass that “It is a fundamental truth
that every man is the rightful owner of his own body.”

Myles
Kantor Archives


     

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