Skip to comments.Paul Ryan Suddenly Decides That He Hates Ayn Rand
Posted on 04/28/2012 11:29:19 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Yesterday, Ryan claimed that Ayn Rand's philosophy "reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview." But in 2005, Ryan said, "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 in 2003, he claimed that he gave out copies of Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents. And those two examples are really only the tip of the Rand-love iceberg. Is this how you impress Mitt Romney? By proving that you can flip-flop as egregiously as
As for Ryan, he is a Congressman - not a social worker. His job would be far better done based on Rand's principles (restraining government to the role of neutral arbiter) than those of Aquinas.
Here is an article that shows how desparately media tries to pillory Republicans because they say something nice about Rand’s philosophy. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75667.html
I did not dive in to the “Atlas Shrugged” book, but the movie was an eyeopener. I can only asuume the book is a philiosophy book, because it sure isn’t about technological innovation. The technical/economic dscussions about Reardon metal were a joke and made Star Trek’s transparent aluminum seems much more plausible. Don’t even get me started on that stupid engine they found. An utter fantasy and complete nonsense.
Ayn Rand put me to sleep when first read. Glad to see Paul Ryan has the joined the "conservatives who don't like Rand's stuff" club, but I've been a member since High School.
There's a lot of overlap between Ron Paulistians and Ayn Randroids. If I had to guess, I'd say 80% of Ron Paul worshippers also worship Ayn Rand, and vice versa. Their ultimate fantasy would be to resurrect her from the grave so she can be Paul's running mate.
For a look at our future, read “Anthem” by Ayn Rand.....
Lots of people, including yours truly, are conflicted about Ayn Rand and Objectivism. Aspects of her philosophy are attractive to Conservatives, especially as the Democratic (and to a lesser extent while giving lip service to freedom and individualism, the Republican) Party has become ever more overtly Marxist. But without a moral foundation based on some belief in a higher power and purpose to human existence it is coldly sterile.
Rand is an interesting writer, and made some good points. However, she is a cold fish when it comes to understanding normal human life. Her own history is an example.
It is rather normal for a person to have different views at different times: it is a way of maturing.
Careful, CNN, you’ve given name to one of the elephants crowding the modern conservative room... you can expect howls of astonishment and calls for your head. But honestly, as damning as it sounds, protecting our industrial base is inconsequential if we won’t even protect our own borders.
That the innocent should pay is the demand of those who reject the trader principle.This leads to subjectivistic egoism,force, the ends justify the means,might makes right, and violations of natural rights.
For a well reasined expose of our (regressively tribal) present, read “Return of the Primative” (Sharpton-Martin-Zimmerman?)
If one is a politician nothing is ok
I vehemently disagree with Ayn Rand’s political ploy of “going Galt”. I think it is a very dangerous way to demonstrate against the corrupt political-economic situation that the collectivist bundlers are ramming down our throats for the purpose of controlling us and seizing all our wealth.
I recently attended my local Tea Partys monthly meeting. The speaker told us that America will not survive another four years with Obama as President period. He ignores our Constitution and he will have all of the flexibility to sell out our country to our enemies while he literally destroys our capability to sustain our standard of living here at home by crucifying our energy producers through his regulations and executive orders as he confiscates our wealth through higher taxes and continues his massive irresponsible, unbudgeted spending to the point that we wont even be able to pay the resulting interest portion let alone the debt, itself.
I asked what we can do at the grass roots level. The response was, to sign up as a precinct committee member. Have a say in selecting conservative members for elected office. Guard against the expected massive fraud by volunteering to observe the voting procedures at your local polling place in November. Visually take notes while observing and let them see you writing your notes and dont leave your post for anything, until well after the polls close and the votes are properly documented and turned in.
Above all, dont go Gault. Dont give up your right to the freedom that protects us all - your vote.
and thus the entire record of human history. When will we ever learn?
Funny thing is many have come back to the USA for quality reasons.
This is the way it usually works with any country that is not free. Free countries like Japan make junk, them better junk, then good products, them excellent products. The people advance as the quality of the products advance.
Phone call for Mr. Publius. Calling Mr. Publius.
A rather interesting real life turn of events good sir.
May God guide our course out of this mess.
Saw the article. Had it been longer and more substantive, I would have pinged the book club.
I think it is supposed to be out in the fall. Before the election...