• • • Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand Offense
Stephen Richer, Forbes - Stephen Richer Ayn Rand Institute |Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Individualism |Paul Ryan | With Ryan’s thoughts on Rand still seemingly muddled, I thought it fair game to listen to most of his speech through the lens of Rand. And though Ryan surely would have won Rand points for decrying the favor-swapping-in-Washington business methods of the Obama administration (“It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs, and make-believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst”), and though he would have won points for celebrating Romney’s financial success, he also dropped a line that no true Rand-follower would touch with a ten foot pole: “We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.” Can you imagine this coming from one of Rand’s heroes? No. Asbolutely not.