From a good old article by Lew Rockwell:
The received wisdom on the Right these days is that King would have rejected the excesses of the modern civil rights movement. But that clearly isn’t the case. Indeed, David Garrow in his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography says that in private gatherings King endorsed “democratic socialism,” while making “it clear to close friends that economically speaking he considered himself what he termed a Marxist.”I would call Martin Luther King one of the most overrated figures in history. YAL members might be interested to know that he once declared “When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–make no mistake about it.” He also compared Barry Goldwater to Hitler for opposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which robbed from property-owners the right to decide who they let onto their property. Of course, Goldwater had voluntarily desegregated his family business in Phoenix years before, and in time most businesses would have probably desegregated anyway, since refusing to provide services to a large demographic tends to be very unprofitable. But the righteous reformer has never had the patience to let civil society do its own work.
So while the rest of the country accords to King a level of veneration perhaps matched only by that they’re showing to Obama, its important to remember that he was a central planner and an enemy of a libertarian society just like the rest of our modern heroes. He was perhaps a well-intentioned one, but then again the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Gee! Thanks Ron Paul Youth for reminding us that the world would be so much better if only Martin Luther King had been more like Ron Paul!