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Whether or not

Whether or not Rand deserves a "break" (I'd say he doesn't, as he is the one that decided to 'play the game' and attempt to grab the Brass Ring of Power), that is irrelevant to the conversation.

The point is that he is *perceived* as libertarian, portrayed as such, and when he makes decidedly non-libertarian statements, it is the task of libertarians to make a distinction. If we don't, who will? Joe Scarborough?
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