Ayn Rand Wouldn't Love Paul Ryan

He's embraced policies antithetical to author's thinking: Conor Friedersdorf

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2012 10:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Paul Ryan adores Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand, calling her "the reason I got involved in public service." But the feeling wouldn't be mutual, writes Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic. First off, the very idea of "public service" is pretty un-Randian: She calls the notion of the "public interest" inherently unfair. And taking a look at his voting record, Rand would likely be dismayed.

He voted for an auto-industry bailout the deeply capitalistic heroes of Atlas Shrugged would scoff at. They wouldn't love his TARP vote, either. And "what line from Ayn Rand's work did Rep. Ryan return to before voting for the prescription drug benefit?" Friedersdorf wonders. In fact, everyone should just calm down about Ryan's Rand fandom: "Neither horrified liberals nor hopeful libertarians should fool themselves into believing that Rep. Ryan would govern America according to the ideals of Ayn Rand." And anyway, Ryan has his own qualms with the author. Click for Friedersdorf's full column.

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., reacts to audience applause during a campaign event at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis.
Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., reacts to audience applause during a campaign event at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., appear on stage during a campaign event at the Waukesha County Expo Center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Waukesha, Wis.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., appear on stage during a campaign event at the Waukesha County...   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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