There are very core paleconservative libertarians out there that not only support Ron Paul, but also follow the same deep down philosophy of the man. I felt the need to discuss Justin Raimondo and the very dangerous ideology that his expresses.
Justin (Dennis) Raimondo is the co-founder and executive director of the site antiwar(dot)com. He is a self described “conservative-paleo-libertarian“, whatever that is supposed to mean. He has worked with the John Randolph Club, which is run by the Rockford Institute. The club produces a magazine that proudly publishes the work of holocaust denying and white power associate Pat Buchanan. Rest assured that the same allies that infested the Randolph Club were carried over to antiwar(dot)com, as Buchanan is an active writer on the site.
Antiwar.com & Raimondo are not Antiwar
You might find this quite odd for a website depicted with the name as “Anti War” and a slogan like “Your best source for antiwar news, viewpoints and activities”, but you just need to dig a little further into the “Who We Are Page”. I quote…
Our dedication to libertarian principles, inspired in large by the works and example of the late Murray N. Rothbard, in reflected on this site. While openly acknowledging that we have an agenda, the editors take seriously our purely journalist mission, which is to get past the media filters and reveal the truth about America’s foreign policy.
First off, I would expect an “antiwar” site to have an agenda – an antiwar agenda, but they’re telling you that they have a journalistic mission and agenda of revealing the truth about America’s foreign policy. You should also note the conspiracy innuendo of getting “past the media filters.” Everything screams sloppy alternative source, so expect the worst – if any.
Murray Rothbard is an interesting character and really a big component of libertarianism in the United States. A discussion on him would require a lengthy book, but I felt compelled to share a few things. One of Rothbard’s most popular quotes is “hatred is my muse,” he has also stated that when Saigon fell to the North that “here is the total and sudden collapse – the smashing – of an entire State apparatus”.  I bring this up to illustrate a very fundamental ideological point that you’ll see with Ron Paul and his ilk of supporters: they’re anti-state and anti-government. The desire to avoid war doesn’t come from a genuine humanitarian premise (though they’ll throw that fodder into the mix), but from their anti-government ideology. This greatly explains Rothbard’s quote “war is the health of the state”. And as he describes the state as “a gang of thieves writ large.”
I don’t want to write extensively on Rothbard, as that is suited best for another article, but the same racial tendencies fly out of this libertarian’s mouth. See Rothbard explain the “need” for segregation.
Let’s get back to what is written on the antiwar(dot)com “who we are page”:
Antiwar(dot)com represents the truly pro-America side of the foreign policy debate. With out focus on a less centralized government…
You’ll distinctly pick out the political position of a less centralized government. This really boils down to the paleoconservatives anti-federalism ideology. You’ll also notice that they take the “truly pro-American side”. Allow me to define to you what that means: “Blame America for everything until it starts being libertarian.” You’ll notice it with Justin Raimondo, Ron Paul and the ilk that follow them that they have a very stern blame America first and the only time they don’t blame America first is if they can tie Israel into the mix.
There is one piece of delicious conspiracy diatribe on the “who we are page”:
Antiwar(dot)com is dedicated to building an awareness of globalist and interventionist forces that would enslave us in a New World Order on which the sun never sets.
Globalist might not seem like such a loaded word, but it lands square in conspiracy land with it being most puppetted by the likes of Alex Jones and other conspiracy theorists like Jeff Rense. The “New World Order” is typical conspiracy talk for a one world government that many libertarians and general extremists fear. I’ve pointed out this extensively on my website about it. Essentially the NWO is the reason all conspiracies happen and they’re behind every hatched plan.
It should be clear that antiwar(dot)com and Justin Raimondo are certainly not antiwar, at least in the sense of humanitarianism. The only thing antiwar about the site is the name. By their own admission they’re more interested in fighting American foreign policy, enforcing libertarian ideals such as anti-federalism and building awareness to conspiracy theories.
Raimondo’s Foreign Policy Ideology
If Justin and antiwar(dot)com aren’t antiwar, what does that make them? What exactly is the foreign policy that they do support? The simple explanation since he’s against American (and Israel) foreign policy is that he is pro-America (and Israel)’s enemies. This might seem like quite a jump, but I will clearly explain this both from a philosophical point of view and with actual examples.
Philosophy: Moral Relativism
Philosophically what you’ll experience with Raimondo is the concept of moral relativism and in a sense the cousin concept cultural relativism. What is moral relativism? Simply put is that the concept of a moral judgment is made relative. Everyone has moving goal posts on what is acceptable moral behavior. This is the reason why Raimondo will bend over backwards to defend Russia imperialism and at the same time viciously despise American (and Israel)’s “imperialism”.
What I like to think of it best is that there is some sort of “accounting” process or “welfare points” going off in Raimondo’s head. For all extensive purposes, Russia is a bottom of the barrel first world country or above average second world country. The United States is a good first world country. In his head, Russia just couldn’t “suck”, there must be a reason to explain it because his narrative is that American foreign policy sucks. Balancing starts to occur where things become relative. “Well America did this …” as a justification for why Russia is allowed to do something and in fact should be supported.
It’s exceptionally easy to spot a moral relativist because answers to the tough questions are usually about some other country. Should Iran have nuclear weapons? “Well America…”
Raimondo is Pro-Russian Imperialism
Let’s look at the most recent example of this with Raimondo. Russia invades a sovereign nation. Supplies weapons to pro-Russian fighters and was annexed by Russia. Anyone that is truly antiwar would be against this, but not Raimondo. (I’d also like to point out the irony if the United States invaded a sovereign nation. Supplied weapons to pro-American fighters and eventually annexed it, Raimondo would be complaining up a storm).
This is a disgusting display of the paleoconservative ideology in action here. He starts creating a very false narrative that if the West recognized Kosovo’s right to independence than we should treat it the same for Crimean. Like I mentioned about moral relativism, immediately comparing it to another country and making the situation in the Ukraine nothing more than a relative concept.
Let’s review the facts. Russia enters the country with it’s military. Russia arms rebels in the area. This military force takes over this area and holds a vote. I’m not exactly sure what part of a military occupation of your land and community makes votes put on by this invading force valid. Raimondo argues that there is no evidence of abuse. Is that really the only measurement of a legit election? He seems to be super okay with this type of election, despite the tens of thousands of words he’s expressed on Iraq’s new democracy and elections.
It’s no secret that most of Ukraine isn’t pro-Russia and only a small pockets of the area are pro-Russia. This may cause some tensions, but nothing like war. Raimondo tries to show that the divide is hostile by citing that Ukraine “outlaw[ed] the Russian language as an official ‘second language’”. He linked to an opinion piece article in The Japan Times to source this. Think about the manipulating words used here. There is no outlawing, it’s just not an official language. You can make a debate whether it should be, but every single country in the world doesn’t always give minority languages official language status. You’d think a libertarian like Raimondo would appreciate not having the government producing documentation and hiring people to speak the language of makes up a smaller percentage of the population.
He gets upset that there were legit protests with the obvious Russian influenced government actually were able to see meaningful change. He refers to them as “protestors” with quotations because well, you know, implying they’re something else. He later refers to them as militarized neo-Nazi’s.
Raimondo finally ends the article by stating “The Crimean people clearly fear their would-be masters in Kiev: they want out – and they have every reason to get their own way unmolested.” How convenient with the tilt and narrative of the article is that the Crimean people just had a vote one day. No view on the militarized occupation. No antiwar discussion other than America better not get involved. Disgusting. Hypocrite.
Raimondo is a Conspiracy Theorist
I know that despite the admission of a belief in conspiracy theories right on the “who we are” page of antiwar(dot)com, some of you might feel that isn’t enough. Some will say that he has criticized conspiracy theorists in the past, in particular with 9/11. This is true, not because he has a general desire for truth, but that these conspiracy narratives never fit his own conspiracy narrative.
Let’s review some of the Justin Raimondo conspiracies that he holds.
Israel Behind Syria Uprising
With the Palestinians about to declare their independent state, and the UN ready to endorse it, the temptation to create some kind of diversion is likely to take hold of the Israeli leadership. Indeed, I would speculate it already has. Those “armed gangs” didn’t come out of nowhere, and it wouldn’t be the first time the Israelis demonstrated how far their reach extends inside Syria. Syria’s ally, Iran, is the real target of what looks to me like a coordinated effort to sow chaos in the region: the idea is to draw the Iranians into a proxy war in support of the regime, and lay the groundwork for an all-out US-Israeli attack on Tehran. The encirclement of the Iranians is proceeding apace, with the Israelis on the front line, the Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan and, increasingly, Pakistan. With Israel’s powerful lobby in the US relentlessly demanding that Washington “do something” about the Iranians, and the growing deluge of phony “intelligence” supposedly proving they have an active nuclear weapons program, it seems like just a matter of time before the fuse is lit and the region explodes. Obama’s demand that Assad step down is a giant step forward on this road.
This is one of the best ways to be a conspiracy theories, pure speculation based on your perceived bias, hatred and general narrative of the world. There really isn’t much to say regarding this. Despite the strong words and confident demeanor, Raimondo offers nothing in the way of evidence for his feelings other than blame Israel first and blame America first. Things just can’t happen.
Some would say (such as myself) that Raimondo is merely using his political and ideological enemies as the antagonist of the narrative he calls life instead of an objective look at reality or what the evidence in front of him presents.
Israel’s Connection to 9/11
There is an entire section of the antiwar(dot)com website dedicated to Israel and the 9/11 connection, featuring most of the posts from Raimondo. The page is obsessed with Israel’s involvement in 9/11 and an Israeli spy ring. See the page here. There is far too much incoherent ‘Elder’s of Zion” jew baiting propaganda stuff to really go through and debunk, but let me point out one big thing in one of the articles that explains a lot.
How did 19 hijackers manage to decimate the Pentagon, destroy the World Trade Center, and plunge us into a war without end? That is the question we still don’t have an answer to, two years after the worst terrorist attack in American history, and, if the Bush administration has anything to say about it – and they do – we won’t have an answer any time soon.
He obviously hasn’t read a single news report, watched television, or like many people including myself seen some of this carnage occur live on television. Planes crashed into these buildings. I know that Raimondo thinks the government is all knowing, all powerful and is incapable of failure, but it is something that happens. With hundred’s of millions of people to monitor in a single country and a lot more outside the country, you can’t get everyone.
Yet Americans have no right to know how or why it happened.
Raimondo is also incapable of understanding the concept of national security and protecting information. Releasing information to the public about everything secret to the government is exploitable. Enough information is released as possible, but not everything is going to come out. I have a feeling that more than enough information has come up, but Justin doesn’t like it. The “why” question has been answered though. He oven blabs around with his “blame America first” answer calling it blowback, but … you know. Conspiracy theorists don’t have to keep it consistent.
Two years ago this September, Fox News investigative reporter Carl Cameron told his audience: “There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks, but investigators suspect that the Israelis may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance, and not shared it. A highly placed investigator said there are ‘tie-ins.’ But when asked for details, he flatly refused to describe them, saying, ‘evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.’”
This is essentially all that Raimondo has on Israel. This is his evidence and everything he writes related about the 9/11-Israel connection is based on this. Here are links that are much better than mine to debunk this: part 1, part 2. It’s true, Carl Cameron did do an “investigative report” on this subject. The problem is that Carl Cameron is a conspiracy theorist, 9/11 truther and has been caught publishing fake stories. When he’s not out bashing “Skull & Bones“, he’s out saying “It’s really hard to make the case that the buildings just imploded without some sort of an accelerant.“
Should we believe this guy? Does it matter. “There is no indication that Israelis were involved in the 9-11 attacks.” They were investigating something. It means nothing other than what Carl Cameron did or did not embellish on. We don’t know.
When it come to Raimondo, this is nothing more than a case of confirmation bias. He has this one sad story that doesn’t even link to 9/11 and it was created by a 9/11 truther and conspiracy theorist. Doesn’t seem like such a strong case.
Other Stupid Comments Raimondo has Published
This man has been writing for a while now on his website and on other websites. With the amount of words that get typed there are just crazy and weird things that are going to come up. Since I didn’t have a particular section to put this in, I’ll be sticking it in this “other” section.
It’s at times like these that I tend to believe the wrong side won the war in the Pacific.
[He is] the closest to a dictator that any American president has ever come.
I’ll point out that he also linked from the “closest to dictator” part that goes to a website that no longer works anymore. With the help or archive.org we have found it.
I did have saved up images of great Twitter comments, but I have no reason to migrate the saved screenshots of these to the new site. I highly recommend this website.