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Why Libertarianism Is Closer to Stalinism than You Think by Alan Wolfe.

Whatever else happens, 2016 offers one of the most interesting presidential elections in decades. It already includes a libertarian from Kentucky, Senator Rand Paul, and a socialist from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders. Americans, polling has shown, dislike socialism. Let Paul have any success, and they may like libertarianism even less.

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Related: Another Silly Jab at Libertarianism by Sheldon Richman.

Before proceeding, I must perform an act of charity, which is more than Wolfe does in his article. The title of the Reuters post is “Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think.” Since the word “Stalinism” appears nowhere in the piece, I will assume that a flamboyant editor wrote the headline. So let’s not hold Wolfe responsible for it. The article is bad enough already.

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