Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rand and Ryan

I have to admit that I have never read anything that Ayn Rand wrote and have only watched part of an interview in which she explained her philosophy. It is pretty obvious, however, that her philosophy is inconsistent with Christain faith. That raises a fundamental question about Paul Ryan. How could this faithful Roman Catholic embrace Rand's philosophy so enthusiastically? I understand that he has recently said that he rejects it, but that statement seems inconsistent with his earlier statements at a meeting of the Atlas Society and his requirement that his interns and staff members read Rand's books. If he has had a conversion experience and no longer agrees with Rand's philosophy, I wonder how that conversion might change his views on the role of government and might lead to a new Ryan budget that more clearly reflects his Catholic faith.

Just wondering.

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