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But Sen. Paul goes on to promote the fabulous notion that the American Revolution and Adam Smith both saw “government bureaucrats” as the chief problem stifling freedom and enterprise, and that is pure malarkey. Sighing, let me once again ask you to name - across 6000 years - the eras of bright promise that were spoilt by meddlesome civil servants. There were some! And I favor smaller government when possible. But pick dates and locations at random, and 99% of the time freedom and markets were ruined by conniving inherited oligarchy. Like King George and his lords. The ones Smith despised as the enemies of capitalist competition and the foes the American rebelled against. Inheritance aristocracy is THE great enemy of capitalism and always has been. And any “libertarian” who ignores that blatant historical fact is no true libertarian. He is a shill for the enemy. David Brin

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