Last Wednesday, Rachel Levine, a transgender pediatrician, had her Senate nomination hearing to become the Assistant Secretary of Health. Senator Rand Paul grilled Levine over her support for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for transgender people, referring to sex reassignment surgery (SRS) as “genital mutiliation” and insisting that Levine supported such surgeries for minors.

Putting aside the fact that SRS is rarely, if ever, performed on minors, Paul’s line of questioning reveals the rotten core of American libertarianism. Paul, associated with the libertarian movement through his father, Ron Paul, has accepted and rejected this label in the past. Whatever his personal…

Elijah Gullett

19. Student at UNC-Chapel Hill studying Public Policy. Interested in how politics intersects into small corners of our lives.

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