…Paul Ryan’s newfound compassion for Americans barely making it is phony at best, and at worse a deliberate attempt to send the poor deeper into poverty under the guise of helping them. Helping them by dictating how they will “succeed” according to the American Enterprise Institute and Republicans steeped in job-killing austerity for the masses and rewards for the rich; Ayn Rand would be proud.
Roanoke Times (VA)
Almost all Americans are, at least in principle, committed to some sort of universal freedom (liberté) and equality (égalité). Of course there is much disagreement about the nature and scope of both freedom (drugs, hate speech, abortion, etc.) and equality (economic or just legal, corporations, minors, etc.). But essentially all of us give at least lip service to liberty and equality.
Consistent libertarians of the Ayn Rand variety may stop there. But the rest of us accept some degree of solidarity or fellowship or brotherhood (fraternité) as part of the package.
New York Magazine
In the wake of the disastrous 2012 election, Paul Ryan recognized that he faced a central problem: He was beginning to be seen not as the bold paragon of fiscal rectitude that media accounts had relentlessly depicted when he first emerged as a Republican leader, but as an “Ayn Rand miser.” Over the last year he has moved to repair the damage, undertaking a putatively secret yet widely publicized poverty tour, and finally, last week, unveiling an actual plan to address poverty. The question looming over Ryan is whether he believes his policy profile was substantively flawed or merely misunderstood.
- It is certainly true that Ryan’s new proposals represent an important step away from the political extreme he has occupied his entire career. All of Ryan’s previous proposals amounted to simplistic Randian exercises in upward redistribution.
…Paul, an OBGYN, Air Force vet, and avid reader of Ayn Rand and Austrian economists like Hans F. Sennholz, decided to run for Congress in 1971, after President Richard Nixon killed the gold standard. He…