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Socialist Allure and Progressive Paradoxes

“It aims at the creation of a sphere in which the individual is free to think, to choose, and to act without being restrained by the interference of the social apparatus of coercion and oppression, the State. All the spiritual and material achievements of Western civilization were the result of the operation of this idea of liberty.” —Ludwig von Mises

What’s the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist? Nothing but marketing, as it appears.

Socialism is harsh, deliberate, and it carries an extremely radical and negative connotation; Democrat does not.  In a race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (sorry Governor O’Malley, but you’re kind of like that guy on the Bachelor who interrupts all the private dates), all those two are doing is running to the left, trying to one-up each other.

They are trying to out-“free stuff” the other by proposing ludicrous and unrealistic policies and plans only children can think are practical. Perhaps because of this obviously fixed primary, the DNC is trying to hide from the American people that fact that Democrats have finally become Socialists— after all, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and even the DNC Chairwoman can’t tell the difference between a Socialist and a Democrat.

I’m not the only one who lands on this conclusion though. Jason Pye from FreedomWorks jumped on this exact same topic in an op-ed for the Washington Times recently:

“Since his first run for the White House, Barack Obama has mocked political opponents who have called him a socialist due to his promotion of class warfare, frequent calls for increased spending, and costly regulatory agenda. He was successful at making his political opponents look crazy, but Bernie Sanders‘ rise is a problem for the Democratic Party.

When Mr. Sanders began toying with the idea of a presidential bid, he made it clear that his run would focus on issues popular with the Democratic Party’s so-called “progressive” wing. Indeed, his campaign platform is filled with all sorts of “freebies” that will require massive increases in taxes and spending…

In a separate appearance just days later on “Meet the Press,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz was asked the same question and, once again, she deflected by going after the Republican presidential candidates. Questions about socialism may be awkward for Democratic leaders, but Mr. Sanders and his team think his beliefs jive with the party.”

So why is this such a hard question for Democrats? Are they hiding something, or are they just that stupid? It’s not a difficult question at all. If it is too hard for Democrats to comprehend, maybe a much more watered-down question should be asked— as JSP contributor Remso W. Martinez once wrote:

“The question I have for young liberals/progressives/Democrats, whatever label the American left has placed on itself these days, is this— What policy and plans you support are so good they should be enforced by gunpoint?

That’s the most important question you could probably ask, because their answer will ultimately put them into one of two camps; one where liberty is shuttered, and another where it flourishes. After all, socialism is all about coercion, and last I checked, the “liberals” in the Democratic Party wanted freedom and protection of civil liberties. So go ahead and ask, how much concentrated government force does the Democrat in your life believe in? Are they stranding alongside the dying breed of Jim Webb Democrats? Or has the “progressive” surge allowed the Socialists to come in and begin to purge?”

How to Save Our Battered Constitution

Recently I got to sit down with constitutional scholar extraordinaire KrisAnne Hall– a constitutional lawyer, a Russian linguist, an Army vet, wife, mother… the list goes on. She now spends her days going from one corner of the country to another spreading the message of liberty, teaching individuals as well as State legislators how to battle the federal government.

As an enlisted Marine, we swear an oath to uphold and protect the US Constitution. As a young man it only means what we think on the surface, but when you look around us you begin to see a Constitution ignored. The BLM is harassing the militia in Oregon trying to instigate a fight— you would think this would be a HUGE story. But it’s not getting any play from the mainstream media. Instead, we’re busy talking about the highlights from the last debate.

Apart from that, the EPA is basically writing and enforcing its laws on the American public, the IRS is going way overboard with collecting the private information of everyday people, and with Obama’s executive orders targeting our guns, it seems like all constitutional boundaries have been obliterated, there are not borders to rein in Leviathan. KrisAnne discussed a lot about the original intent of our founding fathers. You should definitely check out our interview but the main point of the interview was this: does it even matter anymore? Does anyone in government care about it?

The answer is yes, and the Constitution is striking back with a vengeance the federal government fears most. JSP contributor Shawn Warren recently wrote an incredible article about nullification, a powerful tool for liberty. Shawn states in the article that:

“This is such a powerful tool wielded by not only the states but the people of the states as well. The state legislatures can become a shield, or as James Madison put it, interpose between the federal government and the people. Nullification is simply any action that serves to render a federal act null, void, or simply unenforceable within the borders of a state. Nullification can include anti-commandeering actions, or more aggressive measures to block federal enforcement.

Nullification has proven to be extremely effective in the past. The North used this tactic against the embargo of 1807.Both Connecticut and Massachusetts lead the way in fighting federal tyranny. Nullification was used against the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, the Real ID act of 2005, and, of late, marijuana laws.

Yet another option is for mass non-compliance. This allows the citizens to take a more active, rather than passive, role in helping to fight federal tyranny. Civil disobedience is a tried-and-true American tradition. This worked during the Stamp Act crisis, the Molasses and American Revenue Act, the Townshend duties, and more recently, the civil rights movement, and mass anger against President Obama trying to bomb Syria.

We may need to call on all of these approaches to push back this tyranny of Washington and take back our liberty that was stolen in the night. We must not ask, but demand that our sacred rights be respected. We must hold fast to our principles, our resolve, and march forward to victory in this cause lest we fall to history as the generation who let liberty falter and that great flame extinguish without a fight.

Nullification is a powerful tool to rein in federal powers not defined in our Constitution. Talk of even a possible Convention of the states, or Article 5 convention, are even in the works. All these options are fine and sound great, but KrisAnne states something even simpler in concept, but harsher in practice: follow the laws of the land and respect the natural rights defined by our nation’s drafters.

Our Constitution is battered, but not lost. The time to education yourself is now, and the time to fight for it every time it is threatened is now.

What are you waiting for?


This post was updated January 22, 2016 at 11:32 a.m.

STAPLETON: LP Presidential Candidate Steve Kerbel Makes His Case for Liberty

It’s been my great pleasure to have the opportunity to sit down with Austin Petersen and Steve Kerbel, both of whom are currently running for president of the United States under the Libertarian flag.

I don’t want to give too much of my opinion away as it relates to Steve, but I can say that if you’ve never heard him speak, or worse yet don’t know who he is, this is an interview you don’t want to miss.

Over the course of about 45 minutes, we discussed everything from the Oregon standoff to what’s holding the Libertarian Party back from achieving greater notoriety as a politically viable alternative to the status quo.

I found Steve to have an excellent command of the issues and a set of political ideas based soundly on Libertarian principles.

I know Gary Johnson just announced his candidacy, and many libertarian minded people will default to him simply because of his notoriety and instant name recognition. But I think it’s worth your time to spend a few minutes to hear from some of the other candidates. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find we have a lot of great people offering alternatives to the Republican and Democrat monopoly.

Jason Stapleton: It’s Going to Get Worse

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I’ve been speaking for a long time about the risk we are running for a major market crash. This doesn’t make me unique. There is no shortage of doomsdayers who are constantly calling for a major market crash. Most of them end up being right about once every decade. That’s about the time it takes for a market to cycle and for us to get another major market correction.

What makes this situation unique is the position the Fed and other central bankers find themselves in. We know there’s a bubble in the stock market. It was created by Fed liquidity that was pumped directly into the bond market. When the Fed buys bonds directly, it reduces the interest rate. This is great if you already own bonds because it makes the ones you own more valuable. But if you’re looking to buy bonds the last thing you want to do is buy a 10 year bond at 2% interest. Given that inflation tends to run around 3-5% historically you’re almost certain to lose money.

This pushes investors who would otherwise prefer the safety of bonds into the stock market in search of yield. (Yield is really just another way of saying return on investment) This creates both artificially low bond “yields” and a bloated, rising stock market.

But with interest rates near zero what’s going to happen when we hit the next financial downturn? It’s been 7 years. We’re in the 3rd longest rally in stock market history. What is the Fed going to do? Does it intend to cut rates into negative territory?

On yesterday’s show I talked with my audience about what’s happening in the stock market and in economies around the world. Give it a listen and if you’d like to watch the entire show you can do so here.


Stapleton: Money, Lies and Spies

Congratulations America! You made an extra $183 BILLION dollars this year! But here’s the bad news- you didn’t get to keep a penny of it. That’s right, the U.S. government brought in a record $2.6 Trillion dollars over the first 10 months of this fiscal year. That’s up $183 billion over last year.

Now this would be great if the government actually produced something of value or contributed to society as a whole. Unfortunately for you, that money was earned by someone who did add value to our lives and then the government took it from them to spend as it saw fit. It’s yet another clear example that it doesn’t matter how much the government taxes. It will never be enough. As Ronald Reagan said, “Government doesn’t tax for what it needs, it finds a need for what it taxes.”

I also wanted to talk to you a little about something that I’m sure most of you know nothing about. It’s called Geospacial intelligence and it first came on my radar when I was doing research for Jade Helm 15. You see the tag line for the military training exercise is “Mastering the Human Domain”. After doing a little research I found myself listening to lectures on The truth about the depth and breadth of government spying shocked me to my core. I knew the NSA has been actively collecting massive amounts of metadata from millions of Americans but I had no idea the full scope of their program nor did I understand how the military was using this information in conjunction with its training exercises on U.S. Soil.

I spend the bulk of the hour today talking in detail about what I discovered. Unfortunately, I fear I’ve only scratched the surface.

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Democrat vs. Socialist: Is there a difference?

It’s great to be back behind the microphone today after a long very overdue vacation. I’m not ashamed to admit that I didn’t turn on the news once while I was away so when I started my show prep yesterday it didn’t take long for my stack of news stories to get deep.

I start the show out today talking about Cecil the Lion and yes, I know it’s a stupid story and that’s why I wanted to make mention of it. The outrage over one dead lion in Africa seems a bit overblown. So I decided to give you my thoughts on hunting animals for sport and even throw in a Hemingway quote for you to chew on.

Then it’s on to Gravity Payments. You remember them. It’s the company who’s CEO decided to pay every employee a minimum of 70 grand a year. Well it turns out his company is in a bit of trouble. If you listen to this show every day you’re not surprised but I thought we should talk a little about why it happened. It ties right into the discussion on socialism I had lined up next.

Socialism is having a greater and greater impact on our lives these days mainly because it’s becoming more acceptable to discuss and debate in politics. Sure they call it Democratic Socialism which gives it a nice wholesome sound but the principals are all the same. I (your benevolent elected leader) decide who should get what and how much. What fair is, and what laws we should pass to ensure maximum fairness.

This has got some democrats concerned and this weekend Chris Mathews interviewed DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wassermann Schultz to explain the difference between a democrat and a socialist. You’re not going to believe her answer.

All in all a great show today. Don’t forget to subscribe and share! Talk to you tomorrow.



Jason Stapleton Explains the Hillary Scandal

Is Hillary Clinton guilty of lying to Congress and conspiring with some of its members to secretly sell weapons to Libyan and Syrian forces? Were those same weapons used to attack and kill our ambassador and 3 other Americans during the assault on Benghazi?

Until today, most of it was wild speculation. But Judge Andrew Napolitano says he now has proof “to a moral certainty” that proves just that.

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Licensed arms dealer Marc Turi has released emails proving that Mrs. Clinton, as well as a host of high ranking diplomats and members of Congress, conspired to ship guns to rebels in Libya and Syria without the approval of Congress and unbeknownst to the State Department.

According to Judge Napolitano, Hillary “ran a secret state department within the state department.”

If the Judge is correct Hillary Clinton has committed multiple felonies should face the music. Is there truly justice for the politically protected? Time will tell.

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Jason Stapleton Discusses The Coming Currency War

This weekend we saw the Greek people reject a plan that would have staved off a collapse of their economy.  Now what? Do they leave the euro? Default on the debt? Does the EU capitulate and fund their failing economy anyway? There’s a lot to talk about.
What I find most interesting is how it all works together. You see, Greece in on a kind of gold standard. While each country is independent, they share a common currency. That means none of them can unilaterally decided to inflate.  This is important for several reasons.
In today’s episode I use Japan to explain why all eyes are on Greece and what it could mean for other failing eurozone countries if Greece does default or chooses to leave the eurozone.
Japan has suffered from 20 years of flat growth and deflation. They are now embarking on what will be the biggest economic battle in recent memory.  It’s decision to inflate it’s currency will have far reaching effects across the globe.  From China to Europe, to the U.S. Many struggling eurozone countries are going to need the ability to deflate as well, but they won’t have the option.
There is an epic global battle being waged by the most powerful nations on earth. But it’s not being fought on the battlefield, but rather by the central banks of each nation. What does it all mean for you, for your retirement and for your children?  You’re not going to like the answer.


Jason Stapleton: How Big a Threat is ISIS

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They used to be called Al Qaeda in Iraq. Then they were ISIL. Now they’re called ISIS or simply the “Islamic State” We are told they are a direct threat to our “interests” even to our own liberty here in America. But how big a threat are they?

Today on the show I lay out in clear detail who and what we are really dealing with. The truth will likely shock you.

To often our government uses fear tactics to push us into conflicts where we have no clear objective and where no clear threat to American liberty is present. Decide for yourself the motive behind these tactics but to deny their existance is boarderline insanity.

When we learn to question authority, when we learn to be sceptical of power, when we shed the sense of nationalism that blinds us to our own governements lies and deceptions we free ourselves to be objective. That, is what I tried to do today.

Should America Become More Like Denmark and Sweden?

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The supreme court laid down two devastating rulings this week. The first was essentially a rewriting of Obamacare. The court ruled that the term “established but the states” is ambiguous and thus, allowed the federal government to continue providing subsidies to individuals who are not part of a state exchange.

The other big supreme court decision got sandwiched between Obamacare and Gay Marriage and it had to do with discrimination. In it’s Texas housing decision the court found that plaintiffs do not need to show there was actual racial discrimination, nor even an intent to discriminate. Instead plaintiffs can now simply point to the racial makeup of a neighborhood and infer from that discrimination must have occurred.

It’s as though we are living in an alternate reality. Where you can be born white but be black, where gender is a myth, where the judges right law, presidents act like kings and objective fact is replaced with subjective opinion.

We are moving ever closer to the totalitarian state where laws are meaningless and those who hold power wield it indiscriminately with the ever increasing intent to expand their authority over our lives.

Some people think this is a great idea. They dream of a society based around “democratic socialism” where the State provides for us all. They point to countries like Denmark and Sweden as examples of this utopia at work.

But is it really working? Today on the show I break down the recent supreme court decisions and we take a close look at Denmark and Sweden to see if their model really is the Eden so many make it out to be.

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Stapleton: Half of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist

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A new poll conducted by Gallup says 47% of Americans would consider voting for a Socialist. I fear we are finally headed for a cliff.

So today on the show I decided to take some time to talk about the history of socialism and what it would mean for America’s future.

Socialism is total state control. It will never be enough for a socialist to own and control just part of an economy.

Socialism is “a social and economic system characterized by social ownership of the means of production. This cannot be accomplished without force.”

Communism is a natural and necessary product of Socialism. It is the violent control that allows the state to maintain its ownership of the means of production.

A Few Socialist Governments Throughout History

Lenin – Socialist to Communist – His government caused the starvation of 5 million people. Stalin, who followed Lenin, starved 6.5 million and also murdered 1.5 million people who stood against him.

National Socialists – Nazi
Hitler admired the Soviet model of the totalitarian one-party state, and applauded its Socialist ideology that human beings were expendable raw material to be used for state purposes. His plan to revive Germany’s status led to the deaths of more than 11 million people.

Chairman Mao – Mao said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. If worst came to worst, and half of mankind died, the whole world would become Socialist.” Mao learned from Marx and Lenin that to stay in power, Socialists had to demolish every vestige of Capitalism.

Mao’s Socialist policies caused the starvation, or outright killing, of 30 million Chinese people.

North Korea – Millions dead from starvation, concentration camps, disease.

South Korea – its infant mortality rate is 8 per 1,000 versus 88 in North Korea. Average life expectancy is 49 in the North and 70 in the South.

Cuba and Castro – Cuba once enjoyed the second-highest standard of living in Latin America, prior to the takeover by Castro. He also learned Socialism from Marx.

Castro nationalized the entire economy of Cuba. He also created his Revolutionary Tribunals and labor camps to punish speech and thought that he deemed Politically Incorrect. Standards of living declined causing the best educated and most enterprising in Cuba to flee to America.

We can go on: Chile, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and Venezuela. The result is always the same. Socialism is self-destructive. It always devolves into tyranny, and a Socialist president like Bernie Sanders would mean the same for America.

Stapleton: Raisin Farmers Win One for Property Rights

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In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court decided Monday that the government cannot take your property without just compensation.

For decades, the federal government has been confiscating huge portions of the raisin crop under authority they claim to possess through the The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1937. It turns out they’re wrong.

The one dissenting opinion was Justice Sotomayor, who argued that since the taking “does not deprive the Hornes of all their property rights, it does not effect a per se taking.”

In English that reads, “Since the government didn’t take all of their raisins, it should be free to take some of the raisins and not pay for them.” It’s an argument no rational person who understands property rights would make. It’s akin to saying since the government only took half of your land it shouldn’t have to pay for it.

The good news is, in this case, personal property rights were upheld. The problem is that it took 10 years. The federal government wields far too much power today. If you seek to challenge its blatantly unconstitutional actions, you had better be ready for a long and expensive fight. Thankfully we still have a small group of people willing to stand up and fight for what the Constitution already protects. What’s sad is that they actually have to.

This is What Now Passes for Journalism

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What passes for news in this country is disgraceful.

There were 2 main stories headlining CNN this morning:

  • DNA Found in burglared Cabin in connection with the 2 inmates who escpaed from prison last week.
  • Dylnn Roof and his racist manifeston and strangly enough the confederate flag.

The big question was; Should we remove or ban the confederate flag?

“Was Roof motivated by the Confederate flag?” they would ask. The question is rediculous. The confederate flag is no more guilty of sparking this racial attack than the Jack Daniels label is at creating an alchoholic. More implortantly, removing the Confederate flag stop one violent racist from committing the next mass killing.

So why is this news? It’s presented as though it’s on the minds of the American people. As though it’s a legitimate question. It is not. Like most news coverage from the main stream it is a distraction. As was the presidents appearance on Mark Maron’s WTF podcast.

I discuss all this and much more on todays show. It’s one you don’t want to miss.

Stapleton: Where Has Our Confidence Gone?

Why have Americans lost confidence in Government?

Most Americans have lived under a few assumptions:

1. The laws are just and equally apportioned.
2. Those we elect work to preserve the laws and the constitution, protecting our liberties and insuring our protection.
3. The interpretation of the laws are predictable and if you abide by the laws you are safe.

What Americans are realizing is that none of these are true. Their elected representatives are not looking out for you- they follow their own self interest, which usually means bending to the will of the special interest lobby.

That’s why we see things like Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Neither of our parties is looking out for the good of the people. They just simply follow the will of either the corporate lobby or the union lobby.

Americans see a president who can’t go a week without a major scandal, whether that be the sale of guns to drug lords or arguing before the Supreme Court claiming one day that Obamacare is not a tax and the next day claiming that it is.

Secret government agencies with the support of both Congress and the President violates your constitutional protections by spying on you and collecting your data without your permission… and then lies to you about doing it.

The government seizes citizens property without evidence of or even charging them with a crime, and then extorts money from them by threatening to drag them through years of legal battles to get back what is rightfully theirs.

Americans no longer know how the laws will be interpreted. They feel as though their government treats them as criminals, steals from them and threatens them if they do anything but accept the injustice.
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Study Shows Race is an illusion

I’ve been perplexed by the attention given to Rachel Dolezal, the woman who now says she “identifies as black”.

I suppose I shouldn’t be perplexed. What passes as news these days is shameful. But what’s even more interesting is the abandonment of logic by virtually all commentators on this subject.

No longer is a man a man and a woman a woman. Bruce Jenner is a woman because he says he is, Rachel Dolezal is black because she ‘identifies’ as black. Is there no reality any more?

Those of us who claim there are flaws in the science of global warming for example are called “flat-earthers”. We are neandrothol, science deniers who reject logic. Yet here we are with those same people defying any reasonable amount of common sense.

It get’s worse…. posted an article written by Kareem Abdul-jabbar where he pointed out the following:

“The thing about race is that, scientifically, there is no such thing. As far back as 1950, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the conclusions of an international group of anthropologists, geneticists, sociologists, and psychologists that stated that the concept of race was not a scientific entity but a myth.”

So let me pose a simple question: If race is a scientifically dis-proven myth, why are we even talking about it?

I guess this means we can get rid of any laws or distincions that provide advantages to minorities right? Colleges for example would be foolish to offer special consideration to black students because race is a myth.

This is the level of stupidity we’ve now decended to. Race is a myth, you can be a woman simply by declaring it and you can change your ethnicity by simply identifying yourself as being partial to their cause.

I discuss all of that PLUS the TPA/TPP on today’s show. Give it a listen and if you like what you see you can subscribe here:


Stapleton: The Consequences of “Democratic Socialism”

We are presented with a dichotomy of ideology in the upcoming elections. Not between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton; their positions are so similar on all major issues as to be nearly indistinguishable from one another.

I’m talking about the libertarian, small government principles of men like Rand Paul and the socialist principles of Bernie Sanders. Many people would say neither of these men have a chance at winning the election, but I’m not prepared to cast them aside just yet. Instead I thought I’d take some time today to compare and contrast the two.

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Stapleton: Progressives Now Fear the Demon They Created: Social Justice Backfires on College Campuses

I’ve said for years that progressives don’t think logically. They think emotionally. Every decision they make, be it political or personal, is always filtered through how they “feel.” This not only leads to bad personal decisions but also bad political decisions. It stifles debate, the free exchange of ideas and even free speech.

But that doesn’t matter much to the current generation of college students who think they have a right to not be offended. These ideas have been promoted and fostered in the halls of academia for 30 years and now even college professors are afraid of what they’ve created.

All that and much more will be discussed today on The Jason Stapleton Program.

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Jason Stapleton: Why You Should Care about the Trans Pacific Partnership

It’s an incredibly complex and painful subject; one only a trade attorney could love. But issues like the Trans Pacific Partnership and the now-released TiSA or “Trade in Services Agreement” are very important to your life… but not for the reasons you think.

All that and much more will be discussed today on The Jason Stapleton Program.

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Bernie Sanders supporters attack Jason for his anti-socialist views PLUS: French now settle for FAKE jobs

Yesterday Jason tore down Bernie Sanders and his socialist ideology, and last night the socialist movement took to Youtube to attack Jason in full force. Today, he responds by showing the results of Bernie Sanders’s policies and what a Sanders presidency would mean for America.

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Battlefield America: The War on America’s Liberty and the Rise of the Police State

Today Jason spends some time with John W. Whitehead, whose recent book “Battlefield America” outlines the rising police state in America and the threats to liberty we are now facing. PLUS…is FOX new deliberately excluding Rand Paul from its coverage of presidential candidates? Jason shows you just how far they’ve gone to marginalize Rand.

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