• • • Paul Ryan loved Ayn Rand, before he said he didn't
James Rainey, Los Angeles Times Atheism |Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism |Paul Ryan |Inaccurate | Back in 2005, an up-and-coming lawmaker named Paul Ryan credited the polemical novelist and libertarian Ayn Rand as a central inspiration for his entry into public life. Ryan toiled in those days in relative obscurity, a well-respected but low-profile member of the House of Representatives. By the spring of 2012, the boyish congressman had become a Republican star, widely named as a possible vice presidential pick. He also had become considerably less comfortable being linked to the controversial Rand, an atheist with a tartly Darwinian world view.