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“Give me Thomas Aquinas…Don’t Give me Ayn Rand”
Catholic World Report ^ | 4/26/12 | Catherine Harmon

Posted on 04/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PDT by marshmallow

Paul Ryan disavows Rand’s “atheist philosophy”; cites Pope Benedict

In an interview with National Review Online’s Robert Costa, Rep. Paul Ryan denies that he is, as Paul Krugman claimed in the New York Times, “an Ayn Rand devotee,” calling such descriptions of his political philosophy “an urban legend”:

“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 also mentions Pope Benedict XVI’s statements on global economics in defending his proposed budget:

Ryan cites "Light of the World", a book-length interview of Pope Benedict XVI, as an example of how the Catholic Church takes the global debt problem seriously. “We are living at the expense of future generations,” the pope says. “In this respect, it is plain that we are living in untruth.” Ryan takes those words seriously. “The pope was really clear,” he says.

Today Ryan delivered a high-profile lecture at Georgetown University—after being criticized by more than 90 members of the university’s faculty for his “continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more..........

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1 posted on 04/27/2012 6:51:53 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
as Paul Krugman claimed in the New York Times, “an Ayn Rand devotee,”

Always a laugher when the devil-worshipping commies try to paint conservatives with an atheist label.

2 posted on 04/27/2012 6:56:30 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
“Give me Thomas Aquinas…Don’t Give me Ayn Rand”

Give me Ron Paul....Don't Give me Mitt Romney

3 posted on 04/27/2012 7:32:41 AM PDT by STD ([You must help] people in the communityÂ…feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless)
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To: marshmallow
Our budget has been criticized for giving tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the poor. It does no such thing. Instead of taking more and more from the paychecks of working Americans, the House budget proposes a comprehensive reform of the tax code to make it fair, simple and competitive. We would lower rates for everyone across the board. But revenue would still rise every year under our budget because our economy grows and because our budget proposes to eliminate special-interest loopholes that go primarily to the influential and well-off. Washington should not micromanage people’s decisions through the tax code. Basic economics and basic morality both tell us that people have a right to keep and decide how to spend their hard-earned dollars.

Hmmmm ...

Seems like I heard this sort of thing back about 1980 or so ... Seems like a guy named "Reagan", and another guy named "Friedman" were singing the tune then.

It's nice to hear it again.

4 posted on 04/27/2012 7:38:44 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: marshmallow

Those unfamiliar with the principle of subsidiarity would do well to spend a few minutes reading up on it. The whole idea of personal charity vs. coerced redistribution of wealth is wrapped up in it’s tenets. Yes, yes it is common Catholic terminology, but it transcends religious belief systems and makes enormous sense.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: marshmallow
Now, here, in Ryan, we see a Republican leader capable of framing a current "issue" in terms of enduring principles, as America's Founders did.

Dennis Prager, in promotion of his new book, "Still the Best Hope," warns Republicans that, in order to win the battle of ideas for the Fall election, they must resist the urge to limit debate to "the economy and jobs."

Prager pointed out in an interview yesterday that those "issues" are the symptom, not the cause, and that the battle will be lost if Romney and his surrogates do not find a way to focus and force the debate to be about America's underlying ideas of Creator-endowed individual liberty versus statism and government control.

The electorate must become educated on America's Founding princples, which can enable them to recognize which are true ideas of liberty, and which are counterfeit ideas of tyranny. That is not easy.

In 2008, Michael Ledeen wrote about how Americans have been "dumbed down" on some basic ideas underlying our freedom:

Ledeen said, "Our educational system has long since banished religion from its texts, and an amazing number of Americans are intellectually unprepared for a discussion in which religion is the central organizing principle."

In the Pope's speech in Germany a few years ago, he observed:

"A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures."

Ledeen put his finger on a problem that stifles meaningful dialogue and debate in America. Censors [disguised as "protectors" (the Radical Left's ACLU, NEA, education bureaucracies, etc., etc.)] have imposed their limited understanding of liberty upon generations of school children.

From America's founding to the 1950's, ideas derived from religious literature were included in textbooks, through the poetry and prose used to teach children to read and to identify with their world and their country.

Suddenly, those ideas began to disappear from textbooks, until now, faceless, mindless copy editors sit in cubicles in the nation's textbook publishing companies, instructed by their supervisors to remove mere words that refer to family, to the Divine, and to any of the ancient ideas that have sustained intelligent discourse for centuries.

The Democrat Party (Progressives) stands:

- for the right of women to determine who is born and who dies in the womb;

- the Party stands for liberalizing the definition of marriage;

- the Party stands for redistribution of wealth from those who produce it to those who don't (no matter how they label it);

- the Party stands for a belief that the U. S. Constitution is a "living," or as I heard one describe it, a "fluid" Constitution [meaning it can be changed by activist judges (instead of by the ONLY method prescribed within the Constitution itself)];

- the Party leadership at all levels is in "lock-step" on these matters, revealing a totalitarian mindset that does not allow for those of differing ideas to become leaders.

As a result, the Progressives' agendas will be adhered to by elected officials, no matter how much the PR officials of the Party may use semantic trickery to "redefine" it to the citizens described as "red staters."

When it comes down to it, even the Joe Liebermans will fall back to "lock-step" when push comes to shove. Only those like Zell Miller, who are willing to be castigated and ignored, dare speak out.

The same can be said for the "Progressives" within the Republican Party.

That's why voters need to be grounded in enduring ideas in order to recognize tyranny camouflaged in "hope" and "change" and to be able to appropriately enter into what the Pope described as "the dialogue of cultures."

Paul Ryan may be one political representative who could engage in such a dialogue.

6 posted on 04/27/2012 7:50:26 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: marshmallow
Don't expect a hasty reply from that insect Krugman .. he'll be busy looking up epistemology .
7 posted on 04/27/2012 8:15:10 AM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: marshmallow

I couldn’t avoid this thread...

I followed a similar trajectory. Friedman to Rand to Aristotle to Aquinas.

Rand was only worth reading as a transitional stage. Friedman is the Aristotle of economics. St. Thomas is in a class of his own.

My respect for Ryan has increased.

And to think that philosophy to liberals is Alinsy, Foucault or Marx. What a joke.


8 posted on 04/27/2012 8:27:18 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: marshmallow

——after being criticized by more than 90 members of the university’s faculty for his “continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more..........——

I can only conclude that these professors are Marxists in sheep’s clothing, because they must understand the principle of subsidiarity, and that no one in this country is close to starvation.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 8:34:09 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: tomkat
Don't expect a hasty reply from that insect Krugman .. he'll be busy looking up epistemology .

ROFL! And I was impressed that Ryan was using it correctly in conversation... there's a man who knows philosophy and the Christian worldview.

10 posted on 04/27/2012 8:37:12 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; FReepers
Rand was the 2x4 upside the head that was absolutely needed to pound the late 60s/early 70s socialist sludge, compounded by 3 wasted years at CU/Boulder, out of my head.

The most beautiful girl in the world insisted I read Atlas Shrugged for our relationship to continue.
That was most certainly enough incentive for me to wade thru it . . all 43,000 pages of it   ;-)
Like most youthful Uni romances, it didn't last (to my eternal regret), but that gift of her insistence was priceless.

Thank you Mary DeVore, wherever you are ! !

11 posted on 04/27/2012 8:42:02 AM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
they must understand the principle of subsidiarity

I'm not even Catholic (my roots are in the American Restoration Movement), but I have preached sermons to my congregation in years past about how a lack of a doctrine of subsidiarity in government leads directly to government nanny-state-ism, and then into outright tyranny.

Dr. J. Budziszewski's ("bood-ja-shev-ski") fantastic book, "The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man" takes Aquinas' work on these and other aspects of just government and breaks them down, so that even I can understand them. It's a brisk read, and he explains every term he uses in simple language.

HIGHLY recommended.

Funny story: the old edition cover of this book had a painting of Adam and Eve, naked, being driven out of the Garden. My wife told me that the ladies of the church were horrified when I showed them the book from the pulpit, and then she put a white sticky label over their "naughty bits". The sticker is still there, years later :-)

12 posted on 04/27/2012 8:47:23 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Ol' Sox
Those unfamiliar with the principle of subsidiarity would do well to spend a few minutes reading up on it. The whole idea of personal charity vs. coerced redistribution of wealth is wrapped up in it’s tenets. Yes, yes it is common Catholic terminology, but it transcends religious belief systems and makes enormous sense.

Yes. Read the book in my post #12 to understand it.

13 posted on 04/27/2012 8:50:24 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: marshmallow
“In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Her views on economics is the support of free market laissez faire economics which is consistent with God-given human nature, God-given human rights, and Biblical justice (judge and give what is due).

14 posted on 04/27/2012 9:14:31 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: backwoods-engineer

-— HIGHLY recommended.——

Thank you. He’s supposed to be one of the best living teachers of natural law. His writing is often featured in “First Things.”

I would have enjoyed your sermon. I’ve never heard a homily regarding the principle of subsidiarity.

St. Thomas is tough going, but always profitable. He helps me to understand how disorganized my own thought is...


15 posted on 04/27/2012 9:26:19 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: tomkat

I read almost all of her books when I went through my Rand stage, but in looking back, I see two major weaknesses in her philosophizing. First, although she claimed to love Aristotle, I see no evidence of his influence on her thought.

She never mentions the Law of Non-contradiction, substance and accident, the Four Causes, Act and Potency, etc. She cites the tautology of “A equals A,” but that’s not the Law of Non-contradiction.

Secondly, she engages heavily in ridicule and hand-waving, which is understandable given the shallowness of her metaphysics.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 9:39:41 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: loveliberty2; stylecouncilor

Thanks, ll2.

s, ping.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 10:22:52 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
St. Thomas is tough going, but always profitable. He helps me to understand how disorganized my own thought is...

Indeed.

I started reading him in college. Our library had a good translation of the Summa.

18 posted on 04/27/2012 10:49:48 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: backwoods-engineer
A very good article on the subject of subsidiarity can be found here. It is a piece from the Acton Institute. Worth the short read.
19 posted on 04/27/2012 10:57:18 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: STD
Give me Ron Paul....Don't Give me Mitt Romney

How anyone can support a racist and anti-semite like Ron Paul amazes me.

20 posted on 04/27/2012 11:57:30 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: marshmallow
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21 posted on 04/27/2012 4:14:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: STD
I agree with you on "Don't give me Mitt Romney."

But why would you ever want Ron Paul? I would never vote for him either.

Ron Paul is dangerous.

Ron Paul, Soros and Defense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4q1vYx1V3g&feature=related

Before everyone gets their panties in a wad. Obama is already starting to make the moves to destroy our military.
Ron Paul will just drive the knife into their backs.
I thought it was clever how the Obama military haters are going to cut Benefits for veterans and wounded soldiers.
Wonder how far enlistment will drop on that one.

 

One of Ron Pauls best friends is George Soros..

http://www.orangepower.com/threads/george-soros-evil.95549/


22 posted on 04/27/2012 4:18:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Completely agree re Rand's heavy-handedness, hence my 2x4 reference.
At that point in my youthful ignorance/arrogance, anything more subtle probably wouldn't have gotten through.
So in that respect AS was a success.

Though convinced there's Something Out There in charge of this whole mess, I'll readily admit to not being much of a religious guy.
And it's been literally decades since college philosophy, assuming that any of it actually sunk in past exam retention depth to begin with ;-)
Hence, several of the terms/phrases you listed are either new to me or have been lost from memory in the mists of advancing years.

Thanks for bringing them up .. will do some non-FR research out of curiosity.
It'll be a welcome break after reading the circular firing squad that the latest FReepathon thread has become.


23 posted on 04/27/2012 5:27:16 PM PDT by tomkat (para bellum)
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To: backwoods-engineer

Mortimer Adler, the educator and philosopher, was enthralled by St. Thomas, and because of him became a Thomist, and toward the end of his life, a Catholic. No clearer writer and teacher than Adler. I once got by mistake a film on Epicetus presented by Adler. For the heck of it I showed it to my calculus class in place of the film I had intended to show. They were enthralled! He was a master at making the complex seem simple. Even Bertrand Russell, the atheist philosopher, said that Thomas was a master logician: Accept his premises and one could not avoid his conclusions.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 11:10:56 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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