From Jon Chait, responding to Paul Ryan’s list of favorite books about economics and democracy—which notably fails to include his former favorite book, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged…
New York Magazine
Paul Ryan was asked by the Week to list his six favorite books about economics and democracy. The request was a bit mischievous, as Ryan has tried (since his ascension from backbencher to his current role as chief ideologist of the Republican party) to downplay his love of Ayn Rand and her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. And now, the volume that Ryan once handed out to all his staffers, listed as one of his three most frequently reread books of any kind and cited as the entire reason he got into public service, no longer makes the top six list of books on politics and economics.
The Objective Standard
…journalists and pundits routinely misrepresent Ayn Rand’s ideas in order to smear her; see Daniel Wahl’s recent post for a number of examples. The latest smear comes from an article by Bijan Stephen…
Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)
…poor. I was intrigued to see that Tomasi includes Ayn Rand under this heading. After an on-the-whole accurate summary of Rand’s moral perspective and its role as the foundation of her support for…
If you’re interested, another libertarian take on the moral case for fossil fuels thing is also offered up under the title The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels: The Key To Winning Hearts And Minds,” authored by Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress and former fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. In this piece, the author makes the connection to the moral dilemma faced by tobacco industry supporters.
Freedom is no longer some high school kid being inspired by Atlas Shrugged. Freedom changes with time and evolution of technology. Don’t hold it hostage to 20th Century philosophers…
Chronicle of Higher Education
In our Ayn Rand-leaning times, it’s easy to disparage organizational structures like professions and bureaucracies. There are no doubt better and worse versions of each, but we should not forget that they usually follow the protocols of equal opportunity and meritocracy. And they do so to counteract systems based on unearned privilege, connections, pure self-interest, or arbitrary fortune.
If you’re too young or too disinterested to have seen the film, you’re probably still at least peripherally familiar with it — you might recognise the theme song as the soundtrack to Maggie Simpson’s daring liberation of the confiscated pacifiers belonging to the infant inmates of Ayn Rand’s School For Tots…
On Paul Ryan: He can play his violin to us as much as he wants, but he can’t change the tune half way through the song to run for president, his string snapped by Ayn Rand and irreparable. Maybe he’d do better playing the spoons because so many kids are hungry.
…Rand is short for Randal, not an allusion to Ayn Rand, after whom Sen. Paul was not named by his libertarian (not Objectivist) father Ron Paul. Reportedly, growing up he was called Randy … until his…
…the natures of his budgets, which would slash taxes for the rich while removing protections and safety nets for America’s most vulnerable, all align squarely with Rand’s philosophy.