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Kevin Glass (Townhall) and Zack Beauchamp (ThinkProgress, The Week)

On Rational Actors, Kevin and Zack discuss Rand Paul’s embattled aid Jack Hunter and his defense of the Confederacy. They explore the intellectual divisions among libertarians and how they affect Paul’s presidential ambitions. Are neo-Confederates by definition racists? Moving on to agricultural policy, they debate the House GOP’s decision to separate food stamps from farm subsidies. Kevin suggests Republicans are more influenced by the farm lobby than by grassroots conservatives. Zack accuses Republicans in Congress of having no interest in legislating.

Recorded: Jul 12   Posted: Jul 13, 2013
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Rational Actors | Jul 13, 2013 | Kevin Glass & Zack Beauchamp

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