• • • Paul Ryan and the libertarians: It’s complicated
Chris Moody, Yahoo! News - The Ticket Ayn Rand Institute |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Yaron Brook | Ryan is indeed a fluent speaker of libertarianese. If you listened carefully to his speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, the libertarian language was clear, particularly when he decried “the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.” Call it a dog whistle for anyone who’s ever read “Atlas Shrugged.” “I can’t think of any VP candidate that has been this friendly toward a free-market perspective on government,” said Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. But despite his rhetoric and networking, the major policy initiatives that Ryan has supported often sound more like they came from a Heritage Foundation briefing paper than the brain of a Cato analyst.