Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand

Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s pick for his running mate. This is a bold choice which will put in a clear divide between the nominations of the two parties. Paul Ryan has strong views, and is unapologetic about them.

Ryan is a follower of Ayn Rand and places a great deal of importance in the morality of capitalism, the case for which was made unlike any other by Rand. His life, especially his formative years, were shaped by the works of Ayn Rand. It is great to see people in mainstream politics who have been influenced by Ayn Rand (The last I remember was Greenspan). With Ron Paul and The Tea Party, there was a glimmer of Rand’s ideas in their rhetoric, but too many contradictions. With Paul Ryan too, it is hard to see how he can explain theism being compatible with the rest of Rand’s ideas which he follows, but he does seem solid on her views on capitalism and it will be interesting to see how this aspect will shape up in the campaign in the coming months.


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  1. But even with a Romney-Ryan White House (which is looking increasingly unlikely), could objectivist policy really be expected? Even if Ryan were president, the process to get that far in the current political landscape requires much compromising with un-objectivist interests. Even things like budget cuts–while they may be touted with the facade of fiscal conservatism–would amount to no more than one side stealing the other side’s favorite toy.

    It’s late and I don’t really want to dig through Atlas right now, but you’ll probably recall statements Galt and others make about the kind of people that live in Galt’s Gulch. The problem with trying to implement any facet of objectivism in today’s society is that the large majority of Americans don’t agree with the basic tenants of objectivism, and as long as that is the case, objectivism can never gain a foothold. It’d be nice if that wasn’t the case, but it is what it is. Regardless of how pure Ryan’s ideals may have been in the past, he’s not allowed to use them to make decisions anymore. Attempting to rally support for him because of his past professed beliefs only attempts to hide this fact. It is folly to think that a sheep can wear a wolf’s suit and and convince the wolves to change their minds. Rand has made many statements about the chances a rational man has of winning when the environment is not based on rationality. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing now no matter how much he may want to still be a sheep.

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