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Paul Ryan and the Social Contract | The Nation

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

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Paul Ryan and the Social Contract

In his first speech as the Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan used phrases from the Declaration of Independence to support his own free-market, small-government agenda. Nation columnist Melissa Harris-Perry breaks down why he chose the words of Jefferson and how he has misinterpreted them to attack the social safety net and every other progressive gain since the beginning of the twentieth century.

—Max Rivlin-Nadler

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