Paul Ryan just can’t get away from Ayn Rand.
I always understood you as being an Ayn Rand aficionado. But you distanced yourself from her writing during the campaign. What’s your real view of her? No, I wasn’t distancing. I adored her novels when I was young, and in many ways they gave me an interest in economics. But as a devout, practicing Catholic, I completely reject the philosophy of objectivism.
- . . . doesn’t advocate dog-eat-dog-selfishness. But then, Objectivism doesn’t either . It advocates the pursuit of happiness in life. What’s wrong with that?
- . . . isn’t for the rich and against the poor. But then, neither is Objectivism . Ayn Rand was for the productive, responsible, and independent, not for one class or another.
- . . . isn’t for reason as an absolute. Oh, wait, that is a key principle of Objectivism . But if one isn’t for reason, what is one for ?
The original 2005 audio of Ryan, speaking at an Atlas Society event, and detailing the significant influence that Ayn Rand's ideas and writings have had on his public career, thinking, and policy views. Cited by ProPublica as excellent reporting.
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