Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan’s vision of our future…

Alternet has up an excerpt from a new book by Gary Weiss called “The Horrors of an Ayn Rand World: Why We Must Fight for America’s Soul.” It’s worth reading the excerpt. What struck me most is how much Ayn Rand’s vision is mirrored by Paul Ryan’s vision, and how everything I have read about his budget proposal would lead towards exactly the Randian dystopia described here. Much of this is old news, and I mention it because it reminded me again of how the Paul Ryan’s of the world operate. He has said that “Atlas Shrugged” is required reading for his staffers. Yet at the same time he doesn’t publicly promote that; in fact, I have cousins who live in his district and support him; they say they’ve met him and like him. They are also ardent pro-life Catholics. They also have no idea who Ayn Rand is, and certainly have never read Atlas Shrugged. I could tell them that she is Paul Ryan’s hero and ask which of her positions they think drew Ryan to her: 1) her radical atheism, or 2) her extreme pro-abortion stance. Of course they wouldn’t believe me, they wouldn’t believe that the wonderful Paul Ryan would really like someone like that. They wouldn’t believe the Randian world described in the excerpt was what Paul Ryan’s budget would lead us to. In a way you have to admire Ryan’s ability to keep these things separate. To somehow win the support of Catholic voters in his district, while pushing policies and celebrating novelists that would set off the Catholic Bishops for more than the contraceptive issue has. Ain’t it grand, living in our land of truthiness!

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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