Shocking report: Rand Paul was a libertarian in college

I kid, I kid. Seriously though, Talking Points Memo digs through Rand Paul’s college writings and what we learn about Paul is… completely unsurprising:

• Paul wrote that “bigoted discrimination is detrimental to the peaceful interaction of different sexes and races in the marketplace,” but he suggests that “moral questions such as discrimination” should “remain with the individual.”

“If you doubt the power of persuasion through voluntary cooperation, look around,” Paul wrote in the 1983 letter on the ERA. “Women inhabit virtually every sphere of our economic lives without the ERA. Change comes slowly, but it does come.”

• Ever heard of Ayn Rand? The young Paul was quite a fan. In this piece, he goes on and on about The Fountainhead and its main character Howard Roark.

Roark is “the man who refuses to recant,” Paul wrote. “The Galileo who stands aloof, challenging society’s circumscribed vision.” If such a thing is possible, the column gets more Rand fanboy from there.

What’s next? Are we going to learn that the budding Senator was so libertarian he also like to listen to Rush while firing up the the ol’ Aqua Buddha?

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