New York Times - The Conscience of a Liberal
We have a modern GOP in which Paul Ryan is considered a policy wonk, the leading intellectual among elected officials — and he gets his ideas about monetary policy by quoting from Atlas Shrugged.
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The collection includes short stories with a science-fiction bent, one about time travel and another on the Fermi Paradox, and an assessment of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” which as a fan of liberty, [Chris] Kluwe felt compelled to read.
“She drives me crazy,” he said, shaking his head and laughing. “I really felt like she bludgeoned me with words, over and over. And one of the topics in my book is that (with) this idea of John Galt, Ayn Rand got very close to a good idea, but she never included empathy, which is why her characters are soulless automotons who would never function in the real world. John Galt is someone who doesn’t survive in the real world because he doesn’t take into account everybody around him.”
He laughed a lot, whether discussing the inevitable collapse of any society that doesn’t support what he calls “rational empathy” or demonstrating the wave he plans to use as grand marshal at the Twin Cities LGBT Pride parade.