• • • The myth of radical individualism
Nick Gier, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (ID) Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism |Paul Ryan | A recent "This Modern World" cartoon features Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the ghost of Ryan's philosophical hero Ayn Rand. Rand believed in unfettered capitalism, radical individualism and the virtue of selfishness. The ever irascible Rand calls Ryan a "collectivist pawn" for using his Social Security survivor benefits to pay for his college education. The Ghost of Ayn Rand is right to condemn Ryan for filling the federal troughs.