Paul Ryan: I'm not an Objectivist or an Ayn Rand Fan, I'm a Catholic

Paul Ryan: I'm not an Objectivist or an Ayn Rand Fan, I'm a Catholic

Paul Ryan, 2011

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Paul Ryan denies that he's an Objectivist, that he's still an admirer of Ayn Rand, or that any of his beliefs, policies, or proposals are in any way based on the writings of Ayn Rand. Instead, he's actually a good Catholic who admires Thomas Aquinas.

"I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand's novels when I was young. I enjoyed them. They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman. But it's a big stretch to suggest that a person is therefore an Objectivist.

I reject her philosophy. It's an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person's view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas.

Don't give me Ayn Rand."

- Statement to National Review's Robert Costa, in advance a speech at Georgetown University

This statement is impossible to square with his many past statements of almost fawning admiration for Ayn Rand and her ideas. The only way for them to all be true is if Paul Ryan has undergone a profound ideological and/or religious transformation in the past few years. It's possible that he has, but it's odd that he doesn't say so if it is true.

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