New York Times
Along with six other books opposed by conservative parents in a wealthy school district near Dallas, my book “The Working Poor: Invisible in America,” a nonideological portrayal of lives near the bottom, was suspended from the English curriculum at Highland Park High School, where it had been used in advanced placement classes.
The suspension brought national ridicule directed against the Highland Park school system, and after two weeks, the superintendent reinstated the seven books. But parents still had a right to file formal challenges to any of them, and Meg Bakich did so in December against “The Working Poor.” For the college-level course she suggested as alternatives two books meant for 8- to 12-year-olds, in addition to two others by conservative authors: Ayn Rand and Ben Carson.
Muscatine Journal (IA)
Ryan has his contradictions. He was a fan of the Russian-born novelist Ayn Rand, whose works celebrated self-centered capitalism. He told her followers on her 100th birthday in 2005 that she shaped his values. But, when he ran for vice president, Ryan denied his Ayn Rand discipleship as “urban legend.”
National Catholic Reporter
His Georgetown critics also called out Ryan’s infatuation with a libertarian icon.
“In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.” While Ryan not long ago cited Rand as an intellectual hero who inspired him to enter politics, he has since distanced himself from the atheist philosopher. “If somebody is going to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas,” Ryan told the National Review, referencing the 13th century Dominican friar and giant of Catholic theology. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”