"If I had to credit one thinker it would be Ayn Rand." ~ Paul Ryan

Jameson's picture
Submitted by Jameson on Sat, 2012-08-11 13:51

Wiki reports, "At an Atlas Society meeting celebrating Ayn Rand's life in 2005, Ryan said that 'The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand', and 'I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.'"


Ross Elliot's picture

...Rand approved of Aquinas's method, actually, his influence.

And it's not right to say that Rand is not PC in the US. That's like saying Vegas is not PC.


So it's still non-PC in the US...

Marcus's picture

...to accept Rand's philosophy.

At least Rand approved of Aquinas. Maybe that was his get out of jail free card?

That's True

Michael Moeller's picture

"It [Rand's philosophy] reduces human interactions down to mere contracts..."

More than Ryan knows. Value-for-value, including the spiritual realm. Rand probably wouldn't object to her view of human relationships being described that way.


He Also Backtracked

Jason Quintana's picture


“I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand’s novels when I was young. I enjoyed them,” Ryan says. “They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman,” a subject he eventually studied as an undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio. “But it’s a big stretch to suggest that a person is therefore an Objectivist.”
“I reject her philosophy,” Ryan says firmly. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas,” who believed that man needs divine help in the pursuit of knowledge. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand,” he says."

Ryan on Rand

Jameson's picture

"I think a lot of people would observe that we are right now living in an Ayn Rand novel, metaphorically speaking... Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism."

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