A winning political strategy, especially among Democrats, is to accuse their political opponents of racism, or at least "closet" racism. Yet simple economic analysis shows such accusations are illogical.
The former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu not only arrested and murdered political opponents but also misdirected vast sums of money toward socialist schemes that failed, leaving Romanians even worse off.
In this politicized age, being an American means little more than being subject to the federal government. Yet, as Rothbard noted, we are not "the government," but rather people who are part of like communities, which we should celebrate.