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Ben Carson Caught Plagiarizing from SocialismSucks.net

After calling attention to passages from Sen. Rand Paul’s 2013 book Government Bullies that were lifted word-for-word from a Heritage Foundation study, BuzzFeed is at it again. This time, the site is highlighting portions of potential 2016 Republican presidential Dr. Ben Carson’s 2012 book America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.

One source left un-cited by Carson was a website called socialismsucks.net, which apparently went online in 2002, but is currently down. But a cached page on Archive.org on the history of socialism, contains a multi-paragraph passage, including the section below, that is repeated verbatim in Carson’s book:

Anytime you give to government the responsibility and authority to provide government-made jobs, old-age financial security, “free” health care, and “free” education and indoctrination of children, it will control the lives of the people who live under its jurisdiction, and individual liberty and freedom of choice are sacrificed.

BuzzFeed also found passages lifted from The Five Thousand Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, a Liberty Institute press release from 2011, a CBS News article from 2010 and more.

“If it is determined that additional citations or attribution are required, the appropriate revisions will be made in subsequent printings,” spokesperson for Carson, Sealey Yates said in a statement to BuzzFeed. “Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.”

Read the full report with extensive examples at buzzfeed.com.

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