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The Ghost of Ayn Rand Haunts Paul Ryan

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The party of Flip-Flops AKA Republican Party seems to be getting their wires crossed. Especially when Paul Ryan said, “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it,” he said. “Well… I try to make my interns read it.” Ryan said that Ayn Rand is his influence and he got into politics because of her.


Yet Ryan, according to the Washington Post:

[Ryan] has 100 percent “pro-life” rankings from AUL and the National Right to Life Committee. His NARAL Pro-Choice America ranking, meanwhile, is zero.

The problem? Rand was pro-choice. As a matter of fact, unlike many lefties, she was pro-abortion.

Rand said in her 1968 book the Objectivist: “Of Living Death”

An embryo has no rights. Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born. The living take precedence over the not-yet-living (or the unborn).

Abortion is a moral right—which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered. Who can conceivably have the right to dictate to her what disposition she is to make of the functions of her own body?”

In other words abortion should be the right of the individual, and government should not dictate its collective powers to hinder a woman to choose. Even on the issue of homosexuality and LGBTQ rights, Ryan’s voting records show that he is anti LGBTQ:

Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)

And I’m sure that he gladly accepted GAY money from the Log Cabin, but what did his god Ms. Rand had to say?

Answer: While Ayn Rand did consider homosexuality to be immoral, this was only her personal view. The morality of homosexuality is not a philosophical issue per se, but one can use Objectivist principles to evaluate the morality of homosexuality in any given situation. The essence of the Objectivist position is this: Homosexuality can be a moral issue only to the extent that it is a matter of choice. Scientific evidence shows that, in many cases, people don’t choose their sexual orientations—it is in their natures to prefer sexual relations with members of the same sex, members of the opposite sex, or both. On the other hand, people can choose whether to act in accordance with their natures, and since sex is essential to man’s life and happiness, this is a moral issue. It is morally right for people to act in accordance with their natures, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or anything in-between.

This goes against everything Ryan stands for. Unlike Rand, Ryan is lying to his constituents, libertarians and evangelicals by dredging deep into the bowels of both groups in order to become vice president. Still as a good Catholic, I find it ironic he goes against his dogma, especially from his proverbial good book, the bible. Let’s see what the bible says of his deeds:


Exodus 20:16 – Do not lie, even against your neighbor – (Yes even Libertarians are your neighbors)

Ezekiel 16:49-50 – 49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.  (I thought it was about being homosexual?)

Yet lies and more lies. If Sodom and Gomorrah was an evil city of gays, why were there children? But still, is this the belief the Governor Willard RMoney and Ryan ticket will give us if the libertarians, Christians and so on vote for the two? Remember, Ryan said that he was inspired by Rand to become a public servant, and he is an anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion, pro-life Christian? What would Rand have to say about that? You know, the Jewish woman from Russia?

Is Objectivism atheistic? What is the Objectivist attitude toward religion?

From a 1964 interview in Playboy magazine:


Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?


Qua religion, no—in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man’s life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy.

She was a pro-abortion atheist. So is Ryan too? No. He’s just lying.


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  • “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it,” he said. “Well… I try to make my interns read it.”

    It's gonna be really hard for Ryan to distance himself from that statement...

      • Yes, and let us remind everyone who her real love was- Willam Hickman, who kidnapped 12-year-old Marion Parker and sawed her in half, and who Ayn Rand despised: Marion, her bereaved parents, and the outraged community as a despicable collective of the weak, AKA the youpeople.

        • Hey, the Catholic did kill their jesus, so Ryan has no issue with the death of Marion Parker. Maybe Hickman can be his god too.

  • I wondered how long it would be before people started talking about Ryan's devotion to the philosophy and core values of Ayn Rand, a pro-choice atheist whose philosophy - as preached ad nauseum in Atlas Shrugged, exalts selfishness as a virtue, and altruism as the ultimate vice. That she was an atheist is not the issue, except it might matter to Ryan's admirers on the evangelical christian right - so it's no wonder they keep quiet about it. It's just silly to refer to Ryan as a Catholic. What he does defines what he actually believes, not what church he claims to belong to. What he does Is best seen In his budget, which actually reflects his primary devotion to Rand, and was criticized by the Catholic church because of its negative impact on those less fortunate, whom Rand despised. Why is there so little discussion of the real source of his core personal values?

  • "Miss Rand's greatest gift to us, along with her books, was the example she set for intellectual courage and integrity. Here was a woman who dared to stand virtually alone against ideas, political systems and cultures that were dominating the planet and had been hallowed by intellectuals for centuries. What heroism."

    (Al Ramrus interview, 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand by Scott McConnell)

  • Thank you. This is one of the few well researched and non strawman articles on the topic.

    As an Objectivist, I agree with all the above criticisms of Paul Ryan. In fact this above is the reason I criticize all Republicans. But there is a reason Ayn Rand has been never embraced by the Left despite her excellent defence of their social values.

    She was a proud individual, who beleived in a free country, a free people, and rational individualism. People who think they deserve a free pass, free healthcare, that someone else ultimately pays for, will never understand her fully, until they embrace the idea of individualism fully.

    Individualism and working hard is cool, people. Remember Steve Jobs? He is a true Ayn Rand hero.

    • There is no free healthcare. There is however everyone being covered. A concept you might think about. Especially when this country was built on people paying for others. Take the concept of fecking roads for instance. Buildings and a million other things.

      Rand was no hero. Under her thinking we would not have a country

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