Republicans Flip Flop on Ayn Rand

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Republicans Flip Flop on Ayn Rand
Apr 26, 2012

Understandable, she hated religion in any of it's forms. She hated Christianity because of it's belief that society should help the poor, and that people should love each other.

She is an embarrassment, NOW that everyone is learning about her Atheism. Before they learned that she was (and still is) the voice of unfettered Capitalism. WHerfe greed is a virtue....

After Previously Praising Her, Paul Ryan Now Disses Ayn Rand: ‘I Reject Her Philosophy’

By Scott Keyes on Apr 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

Rep. Paul Ryan and his on-again, off-again political inspiration, Ayn Rand

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.”

Ryan also noted in a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well… I try to make my interns read it.”

But today, Ryan is singing a far different tune.

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.

It’s understandable why Ryan would back off his former political muse. She described altruism as “evil,” condemned Christianity for advocating compassion for the poor, viewed the feminist movement as “phony,” and called Arabs “almost totally primitive savages.” Learn more about Ayn Rand in this short ThinkProgress video:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/04/26/471730/paul-ryan-ayn-rand/?mobile=nc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s7zwO88nRH8
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