• • • Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand: Guilt by association?
Paul F. deLespinasse, The Oregonian - The Stump (Portland) Alan Greenspan |Atheism |Atlas Shrugged |Egoism |Paul Ryan |Personal life | New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently attacked Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, claiming that Ryan "gets his ideas largely from deeply unrealistic fantasy novels." The specific novel Krugman had in mind was Ayn Rand's bestseller, "Atlas Shrugged." Of course there is nothing surprising about Krugman attacking a Republican, since his columns in recent years have sounded more like they were written by a Democratic spin-doctor than by a Nobel Prize-winning economist. But his attack on Ryan does a major injustice to the novelist Rand.