Friday, April 27, 2012

Has Paul Ryan Been On A Road To Damascus?

Or W.W.A.R.S.? (What Would Ayn Rand Say?)

Think Progress reports that Paul Ryan has thrown Ayn Rand under the proverbial bus.
From an interview with National Review’s Bob Costa this week:
“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.
Of course Rand has not always been so dismissive of Rand. Think Progress points out,
In 2005, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy that centered on the idea that selfishness is “virtue”. The New Republic wrote:
“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.”
I'm happier than most when someone sees the light and rejects Rand's pernecious, over-rated ideology, but somehow this conversion strikes me as being closer to that experienced Ananias and Sapphira not the one experienced by the Apostle Paul.


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