Congressman Paul Ryan explained how his Catholic faith has influenced his thinking on economic issues, and denied that he is a disciple of Ayn Rand, in an interview with the National Catholic Register. “Everyone in public life has an urban legend and I have mine: Ayn Rand,” said Ryan…
On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver asked a simple question: How is Ayn Rand still a thing? And during a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, noted Rand devotee Paul Ryan saw part of Oliver’s segment and distanced himself…
My favourite novel, or rather I call it my bible, is “The fountainhead.” I have been in love with the philosophy it endorses: “Inspite of whatever their future – at the wake of life men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and life’s potential.” Everything we have, everything we are, comes from a single attribute – the function of his reasoning mind.
National Catholic Register
[Q:] Ayn Rand had a strong influence on your economic policy, but you state in your book that, as a Catholic, you rejected her philosophy of objectivism. Is it possible to accept just part of a school of philosophy?
[A:] I really enjoyed Ayn Rand’s novels when I was young, and they triggered an interest in economics and in capitalism and free markets. I studied Milton Friedman and the Chicago school of economics. That led me into public service.
But I wasn’t drawn to her philosophy of objectivism. As a person using reason and faith, I disagree with objectivism because it reduces human interactions to mere contracts and is incongruent with human reality and human bonding.
Everyone in public life has an urban legend, and I have mine — Ayn Rand.
I’d been fascinated with Rand since I’d written a story in the New York Times Magazine about a competitive championship tournament bridge player who was also an active objectivist and Rand devotee. I had read half of Atlas Shrugged before I got the gist of my role. I really enjoyed the book because of its absurdly reductive philosophy that inadvertently plays on adolescent male narcissism like a jazz saxophone—to draw a connection to the famous Randian saxophonist and economist Alan Greenspan—but it also spoke directly to the adolescent male fantasy of, “I’m the only smart one. Everyone is leeching off of me and I’d rather destroy my work than compromise my integrity by being nice to others.” Her moral severity came as a tonic to my cultural relativist upbringing.
Crossville Chronicle (TN)
…America has nothing to fear. This historical lesson could not happen here. Everything will be okay. The book “Atlas Shrugged” was required reading in many high schools when our generation was being schooled as was George Orwell’s “1984.” It was written by Ayn Rand who actually lived through this time period in Russia.
“Atlas Shrugged, the Ayn Rand novel that Paul Ryan often cites as inspiration for the ideology he and many other House Republicans share, says this about compromise - and I quote: ‘There are two sides to every issue; one is right, and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.’ "Compromise is not evil. It is the necessary and noble pursuit of those who govern responsibly in a democracy…
War on the Rocks
…the likelihood of either chamber realigning jurisdiction is as great as that of Congress imposing term limits upon itself as it did to the presidency. Until then, DHS will continue to suffer from Congressional application of Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy that “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
The Objective Standard
Congressman Steny Hoyer, the Democrats’ minority whip, recently blasted House Republicans for not being sufficiently “bipartisan,” Roll Call reports. More interesting than Hoyer’s specific complaints about Republicans is his criticism of Ayn Rand, whom he blames for the Republicans’ unwillingness to compromise…
We’ve got a treat for you today, Wonkers — a visit to the Wonderful World of Ayn Rand, via John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, in which the question must be asked: “Ayn Rand: How is she still a thing?”
Thrill to the philosophical brilliance of Objectivism, which can be boiled down to “a nice way of saying ‘being a selfish asshole.’” A philosophy exemplified in heroic novels where men are real men, and women look forward to being raped by them because they’re just So Alpha.