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Thom Hartmann looks at Libertarian racism, noting that Senator Rand Paul "is continuing in a great family tradition:"

Even though he denies responsibility, his father Ron published a series of racist newsletters during a1996 Congressional campaign.

However, we shouldn't really be that surprised by either of the Pauls' connection to far-right racism. That's because they're libertarians and libertarianism is the velvet glove over the iron fist of racism.

Here's how it works: when you have an entrenched racial and economic class that has ruled a continent for five centuries, they have well-established levers and levels of power and wealth. They will, generation after generation, do whatever is necessary to hang on to that wealth and power.

In essence, he writes, the conservative/Libertarian small-government mantra really means "let's lock into place white political power, white wealth, and white privilege:"

Of course, not all libertarians think of themselves as racist, and most probably don't see how their "get rid of government" policies prop up institutional bigotry, but the reality is that when you blast government as the root of all evil and neuter its power, you end weakening the one thing that can keep the ruling elite in check.

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