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Libertarians, How Do You Feel About the Rand Paul Plagiarism Scandal?

Since he appeared on the national scene in 2010, Senator Rand Paul has been a favorite of libertarians in the United States. Libertarians assert “the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others,” and also emphasize “the right to property… and the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.” Rand Paul continues to speak for libertarians and characterize himself as a libertarian: “I consider myself to be a libertarian conservative, a libertarian Republican.”

It’s recently been revealed that Rand Paul has committed plagiarism in multiple speeches, columns and his book. Plagiarism occurs when one takes the words of others and represents it as one’s own. It’s a form of theft.

Here’s how Rand Paul has responsed to these revelations:

I know we have a number of libertarian visitors to Irregular Times. Libertarians, how do you react to the Rand Paul plagiarism scandal?

2 comments to Libertarians, How Do You Feel About the Rand Paul Plagiarism Scandal?

  • Dave

    It sounds as though Mr. Paul needs to knock heads together among his young speechwriters. Few people today require integrity from their champions, as long as said champions keep the faith ideologically. I am thinking of Joe Biden having to actually quit his race for President in 1988 over portions of his stump speeches that were not credited to their original author, and today he is Vice President. People no longer care about this sort of thing. I am sure Paul’s accusers would defend or ignore plagiarism if it showed up in their own camp.

  • Robert

    No way. Rand Paul is not a Libertarian, has said so several times, and has many anti-Libertarian positions including encouraging his followers to disrupt pro-libertarian groups.

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