Racketeering for Fun and Profit: The Southern Poverty Law Center
Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
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have great respect for the Southern Poverty Law Center."
Lacy Clay (D-Banksters)
of monitoring "hate" and "extremism," they [the
SPLC] are concerned with tarring patriotic Americans who oppose
their left-wing agenda as haters and extremists."
~ Former Congressman
you get right down to it, all the SPLC does is call people names.
Itís specialized in a highly developed and ritualized form of defamation
. . .
do is a kind of bullying and stalking . . . . Americans really need
to ask themselves if they are willing to tolerate this kind of operation
in a free society.
~ Laird Wilcox,
author of The
Watchdogs: A Close Look at Anti-Racist "Watchdog" Groups
When Rush Limbaugh
attempted to buy into an NFL franchise, the political left spread
spectacular lies about him, even falsely and absurdly claiming that
he had defended slavery on his radio program. When the American
Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., sponsored a public debate
on immigration policy, the left-wing hate group known as the Southern
Poverty Law Center (SPLC) smeared and denounced AEI by claiming
that it was "mainstreaming hate" by sponsoring the debate.
Of course, Americans have been debating immigration policy ever
since the Louisiana Purchase. The SPLC is the leading leftist group
that engages in this kind of totalitarian behavior.
When a group
of military and police officers organized a group called "Oathkeepers"
to simply affirm the oath they had all taken to respect and live
by the U.S. Constitution, they were denounced by the SPLC as a "hate
group," the exact same language the SPLC uses to describe the
KKK. When in 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement
that "Ron Paul for President" bumper stickers "could
identify likely threats," their asinine statement came from
information supplied to them by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
of the South recently published its "Declaration of Cultural
Secession" advocating a society that advances what it calls
the virtues of "Celtic culture," defined on its Web site
as "the permanent things that order and sustain life: faith,
family, tradition, community, and private property; loyalty, courage,
and honour." The SPLC lied about and defamed the League of
the South by spreading the falsehood on its own Web site that by
"Celtic culture" the League of the South means, and I
quote, "white people." Apparently the SPLC believes that
only white people embrace family, tradition, community, private
property, courage, etc.
motives of oneís political opponents, rather than engaging in civilized
debate, is an age-old strategy of socialists and other left-wing
extremists. In his famous book, The Law, Frederic Bastiat
wrote of how the socialists of his day (the 1840s) routinely responded
to his criticisms of their interventionist economic schemes by accusing
him of hating the poor. It is also obviously the modus operandi
of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC works hand-in-hand
with leftist politicians like Congressman Lacy Clay (D-Banksters),
quoted at the top of this article, who are too cowardly to sponsor
a new Sedition Act that would outlaw criticisms of the government
altogether, as was done during the Adams administration. Instead,
they support in any way they can the operations of the SPLC, which
attempts to censor all serious criticism of the extreme leftist
political agenda of socialist politicians like Lacy Clay by accusing
any and all critics of "hate" or "extremism,"
the same words that are used to describe genuine hate groups like
the KKK, or criminal or terrorist organizations and individuals.
Extreme Left-Wing Agenda
2010 issue of an online journal, The Social Contract, published
seventeen articles about the Southern Poverty Law Center by various
scholars and journalists. In an article entitled "SPLC: Americaís
Left-Wing Hate Machine," journalist Jerry Woodruff wrote of
how the SPLCís founder, Morris Dees, proudly received the Roger
Baldwin Award from the ACLU in 1990. Baldwin was a communist who
is quoted by Woodruf as having written such things as "I am
for socialism" and "I seek social ownership of property,
the abolition of the propertied class . . . . Communism is the goal."
a companion of "Red Emma" Goldman, who publicly advocated
murder and violence to further a communist revolution in America.
She was eventually deported, and Baldwin wrote to her, "you
always remain one of the chief inspirations of my life," Woodruff
cheerful acceptance of an award that is associated with such despicable
characters is not an isolated example of the extremist backround
of the SPLCís staff and directors. SPLC Director James Rucker is
also the executive director of an organization called "Color
of Change" that was founded by one Van Jones, who was forced
to resign from the Obama administration after online videos appeared
showing him publicly describing himself as an advocate of "urban
Marxism" and "Third World Communism."
most absurd thing the SPLC does is to sponsor a Web site called
"Tolerance.org" and to purportedly teach "tolerance"
in primary and secondary schools. The man in charge of Tolerance.org
is none other than William Ayers, the "Weather Underground"
terrorist of the 1960s who admitted to setting off bombs at the
U.S. Capitol building in his youth. "I donít regret setting
the bombs," Ayers told the New York Times on October
4, 2008. "I feel we didnít do enough" bombing, he said.
to be no reason to suspect that Ayers has ever abandoned his revolutionary
communistic ideology. Woodruff writes of how Tolerance.org works
closely with another far-left group known as the National Association
of Multicultural Education (NAME), which raises money by selling
bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and other trinkets with sayings imprinted
on them by Karl Marx, Castroís henchman/murderer Che Guevara, and
Red Emma. NAME is said to have given a standing ovation for its
1997 convention keynote speaker, Ward Churchill, the fake American
Indian/plagiarist/resume fraud who was forced to resign from the
University of Colorado several years ago after he publicly compared
the people killed in the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11 to
Nazis. Ah, tolerance.
as a "Hate Group" Hedge Fund
Barack Obama was elected president a student of mine who was the
president of the College Republicans asked me if I thought Obama
would play the race card and accuse his legitimate critics (of socialized
medicine, for example) of being motivated by racism as a way of
censoring debate. My response to the student was that such a thing
is considered to be too vulgar and uncivilized for a president to
engage in, which is why Obama and the Democratic Party would probably
assign the job to one the hundreds of "nonprofit" organizations
that are essentially fund-raising and propaganda arms of the Democratic
Party. The Southern Poverty Law Center quickly took the lead, since
it was already so experienced at race baiting and racial racketeering.
it was the SPLC that spread the false stories during the Clinton
administration that there was an "epidemic" of fires at
predominantly black churches in the South. Investigative reporters
at the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere quickly proved the
story to be false, which would have destroyed the credibility of
any conservative or libertarian organization, but never an organization
or individual on the extreme Left. That of course is where your
typical member of the "mainstream" media sits.
Social Contract article entitled "Cooking the Books
on Hate: A Closer Look at the SPLCís Famous List," Steven Menzies
quotes the SPLCís chief hatchetwoman/propagandist, one Heidi Beirich,
as saying that its list of "hate groups" is determined
by vague "journalistic procedures." But when any group
is placed on the list there is usually no specific information,
no footnotes, and no fact checking is possible. "Mr. X of the
YZ organization is said to have once associated with a dubious character
with racist feelings" is the kind of statement that is used
to "list" a "hate group."
never been any left-wing groups on the SPLCís lengthy list of "hate
groups." Itís "Hate Watch" Web site clearly states
that it is supposedly "Keeping and Eye on the Radical Right."
There is no mention of the Radical Left, such as the organizations
the SPLCís board members all have founded or belong to and associate
with. When pressed, the professional political haters at the SPLC
will admit, as Mark Potok, author of the laughingly-named "Intelligence
Report" did, that his "hate group" list is "all
about ideology," as Menzies writes.
Hate for Profit and Power," also in the Spring 2010 issue of
The Social Contract, John Vinson demonstrates just how dogmatic,
hateful, and plain weird Mark Potok of the SPLC is when he quotes
him as saying of the critics of an open-border immigration policy
(which would include most members of Congress and most Americans)
that he will "destroy, completely destroy them" with his
practice of "ritual defamation." Ah, tolerance.
of tolerance at the SPLC responded to the creation of the TEA Party
movement by issuing a 2010 "Intelligence Report" entitled
"Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism" claiming
that the TEA Party movement is "shot through with rich veins
of radical ideas, conspiracy theories, and racism." Most "mainstream"
journalists support everything the SPLC stands for (radical socialism,
essentially) and therefore reports such hysterical nonsense as though
it were scientific fact.
The SPLC has
become an extraordinarily wealthy organization, and its directors
and employees profit very handsomely from it. Morris Dees long ago
became a millionaire from this shady scam. Apparently, its main
source of revenue is fundraising letters that are sent out to the
least intelligent/most gullible liberals in America who actually
believe the SPLCís wild and unproven smears and respond by sending
them a check. In a Social Contract article entitled "Bashing
for Dollars: The SPLCís Predatory Game," Brenda Walker writes
that by 2005 the organization had an endowment of $174 million.
"Very little of the hoard is spent on actual civil right work,"
writes Walker. "The major products are smear campaigns,"
which are essentially fundraising campaigns.
In an article
entitled "The Church of Morris Dees" in the November 2000 issue
of Harper's magazine Ken Silverstein noted that the SPLC
spends such a high percentage of its revenue on salaries, perks,
and fundraising that "The American Institute of Philanthropy gives
the Center one of the worst rankings of any [nonprofit] group it
monitors." That, I suppose, is how it was able to move into its
new palatial headquarters building in Montgomery, Alabama that is
known locally as the "Poverty Palace."
All of this
is undoubtedly why leftist journalist Alexander Cockburn wrote in
the New York Press in 2007 that "I've long regarded Morris
Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center as collectively one of
the greatest frauds in American life. The reasons: a relentless
fundraising machine devoted to terrifying mostly low-income contributors
into unbolting ill-spared dollars year after year to an organization
that now has an endowment of more than $100 million . . ." Amen,
J. DiLorenzo [send him mail]
is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the
author of The
Real Lincoln; Lincoln
Unmasked: What Youíre Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe
Capitalism Saved America. His latest book is Hamiltonís
Curse: How Jeffersonís Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution
Ė And What It Means for America Today.
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