In his keynote address to CPAC last year, Ryan said Obama's policies sound 'like something right out of an Ayn Rand novel.'"
Ryan participated in this Reason.tv "Rand-o-Rama" last year as well:
"'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,' Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of 'Atlas Shrugged' and 'The Fountainhead.'" ...
"Ayn Rand economics At the Rand celebration he spoke at in 2005, Ryan invoked the central theme of Rand's writings when he told his audience that, 'Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill . . . is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict - individualism versus collectivism.'"
Paul Ryan talks Ayn Rand on Facebook (Cross-posted at Paul Ryan Watch)
Did you know that we are living in an Ayn Rand novel, metaphorically speaking? That capitalism is under assault and we're going to replace it with a "Crony capitalism collectivist government run system"? If not, then you haven't viewed these two embarrassingly fanboyish Facebook videos by Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan.
"Unfortunately, he has something else in common with the fortieth president: an approach to budget issues that owes more to Ayn Rand's paranoid fears about making even the most minimal civic demands on "productive" elites than to facts, figures or economic realism. Ryan's devotion to Rand, the author of dystopian novels like Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and a favorite of the Tea Party movement's Glenn Beck wing, is fanatical. He requires Congressional staffers to read Rand's books and heaps praise on the prophetess of selfishness in YouTube videos that even fellow Republicans quietly acknowledge are unsettling.
Like another Rand devotee, former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan, Ryan sees government not just as the "problem" Reagan described but as a greater threat to freedoms than the most extreme Tea Partisans imagine. Come January the Wisconsinite, who at 40 is one of the youngest members of Congress, will finally be in a position to address that perceived threat as chair of the Budget Committee, perhaps the most important in the new House. But this is not a case of an outsider storming the battlements and seizing a position of power. For all his Tea Party trappings, Ryan is a consummate insider, with a DC résumé extending back to the days of the first Bush presidency. This native of the hard-pressed Wisconsin factory town of Janesville spent almost a decade as an aide to conservative senators and twelve years representing a swing district that previously sent Democrat Les Aspin to chair the House Armed Services Committee. Ryan is about to put his long apprenticeship to work as one of the most definitional members of the new Congress."
Meet the Ayn Rand Congressman: Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a glowing feature piece in their politics section on Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. It's titled "Ryan Shines as GOP seeks Vision," with the subtitle "Ayn Rand Economics."
Edited by Selene, 29 November 2010 - 01:17 AM.