• • Ryan, Rand and the Republican Mind
Robert L. Pollock, Wall Street Journal Atheism |Individualism |Paul Ryan | According to an August New York Times op-ed by Stanford professor Jennifer Burns, Paul Ryan is an admirer of the individualistic-themed novels of Ayn Rand. But his Catholicism and other beliefs are an affront to what the influential atheist stood for. “If Mr. Ryan becomes the next vice president,” Ms. Burns writes, “it wouldn’t be her dream come true, but her nightmare.” Can a belief in God and Rand rationally co-exist within one man? Or within one party? The essence of three decades of liberal astonishment at the Republican coalition Reagan built is that it cannot.