Randex

Friday 18 July 2014
Negative
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire - The Politics Blog
Paul Ryan  

… confronted Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, in the vice-presidential debate in 2012, and Ryan started doing his earnest I-Had-Ayn-Rand-In-Preschool student government bit, and Biden simply threw up his hands and laughed.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 18 Jul 2014
Neutral
Paul Ryan  

[KM:] But we still have people like Marsha Blackburn or Rick Perry arguing that they won’t be beholden to “P.C.” values when it comes to support for marriage equality, for example.

[CK:] But look what’s happening in all of those scenarios. It’s killing these candidates. Ted Cruz is not going to win the presidency. If the GOP has any real hope to take a prominent part in the political process outside of this obstructionism, then they are going to have to accept that some of these ideas are utterly unpopular.

Who would you say is the most successful reactionary political figure?

[KM:] Well there are mainstream guys like Paul Ryan who people take seriously, and Ted Cruz and Ben Carson are regularly floated as 2016 contenders.

[CK:] If the most successful reactionary candidate is Paul Ryan because he read Ayn Rand, that is a very different portrait than the most far right person in 1992 or 1976. That has changed.

Whereas many of the people who have been perceived as on the fringe of the left in the 1970s would now be viewed as mainstream. Jerry Brown promoting marijuana seemed crazy. Now it’s becoming a consensus. In 10 years, marijuana will be legalized in most of the states.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 18 Jul 2014
Negative
Paul Krugman, New York Times
Paul Ryan  

Reformers like to minimize the influence of libertarian fantasies — fantasies that invariably involve the notion that inflationary disaster looms unless we return to gold — on today’s conservative leaders. But to do that, you have to dismiss what these leaders have actually said. If, for example, people accuse Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, of believing that he’s living in an Ayn Rand novel, that’s because in 2009 he said that we are “living in an Ayn Rand novel.”

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Jul 2014
Wednesday 16 July 2014
Negative
Brian Beutler, The New Republic

Speaking over a year later at no less a temple to capitalism than the American Enterprise Institute, the GOP Senate leader himself borrowed Ponnuru’s observation. Republicans, Mitch McConnell lamented, “have often lost sight of the fact that our average voter is not John Galt.”

Outside the precincts of elite conservatism, this sounded like a penetrating glimpse into the obvious. But it was actually a pretty big breakthrough.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Negative
Tom Johnson, NewsBusters

Every so often a liberal pundit argues that even though Paul Ryan considers himself Catholic, his beliefs (on economics, at least) are closer to those of Ayn Rand than those of the Vatican. In a Friday piece for AlterNet, atheist writer CJ Werleman, author of books such as God Hates You. Hate Him Back, made a similar but far broader charge, claiming that Republicans in general routinely “conflate…Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with the Bible.”

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Monday 14 July 2014
Mixed
Pat Cunningham, Carmi Times

Jonathan Chait has put together a baker’s half-dozen examples of things Rep. Paul Ryan has SAID OR DONE to express his affinity for the views of political philosopher Ayn Rand

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Negative
Ralph Benko, Forbes
Paul Ryan  

Indicting gold standard proponents for a claim made by gold’s agnostics and opponents is a wrong, cheap, bad faith, argument. More bad faith followed immediately. Whatever inspiration Rep. Paul Ryan draws from novelist Ayn Rand, Ryan is by no means a gold standard advocate. And very few “influential conservatives” (unnamed) “draw their inspiration” from Ayn Rand.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Sunday 13 July 2014
Negative
Paul Krugman, New York Times

…let’s not forget that quite a few influential conservatives, including Mr. Ryan, draw their inspiration from Ayn Rand novels in which the gold standard takes on essentially sacred status.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Jul 2014
Thursday 10 July 2014
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

s Paul Ryan an earnest, fiscally responsible wonk looking to make government more efficient, or an Ayn Rand–influenced ideologue determined to stop government from taking rich people’s money? This has been a long-standing debate between people like me and Ryan’s admirers in the political press corps. It is also a question of long-standing debate with Ryan defenders on the center-right like Ross Douthat, who once again defends his faith in Ryan’s hidden, subtextual, implied, or yet to fully emerge pragmatic impulses. Since Douthat likewise takes another opportunity to eye-roll my more direct, text-based reading of Ryan’s ideology (“a Randian Ryan or an apocalyptic Ryan or any other interpretation of his record Chait prefers”), the time seems right to summarize the evidence for my case.

So, here are seven things Paul Ryan has done that suggest Ayn Rand has influenced him…

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Jul 2014
Wednesday 09 July 2014
Neutral
Ross Douthat, New York Times - Evaluations
Paul Ryan  

…from the point of view of conservative reformers, the Ryan who matters (and yes, like all politicians he contains multitudes) has always been the Ryan who did more than any other Obama-era politician to save the G.O.P. from policy unseriousness (and often tried to do still more), rather than a Randian Ryan or an apocalyptic Ryan or any other interpretation of his record Chait prefers.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Jul 2014
Sunday 06 July 2014
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

…of Ryan’s analysis of Obama. In unguarded moments, before his rapid ascent to party thought leader, heannounced, “we are right now living in an Ayn Rand novel” — the inevitable death spiral of collectivism prophesized by Rand that would culminate in a kind of economic end times — while decrying…

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 07 Jul 2014
Friday 04 July 2014
Neutral
Paul Ryan  

Ryan and Rand are certainly interesting figures. Like many people, they have some things in common, and other things not in common. For example, one of the things they have in common is that…neither of them are libertarians.

Ryan identifies as a conservative, and while many libertarians idolize Rand, she did not want her movement of objectivism to be confused with libertarianism, and as best as I can tell she despised every prominent figure of 20th century libertarianism.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jul 2014