Een artikel van The New Republic daarover zegt:
Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand
Another part of Christopher Beam’s piece on libertarianism that caught my interest was this bit about Paul Ryan and his deep affinity for Ayn Rand:
Representative Paul Ryan, also of Wisconsin, requires staffers to read Atlas Shrugged, describes Obama’s economic policies as “something right out of an Ayn Rand novel,” and calls Rand “the reason I got involved in public service.”
Earlier this year I wrote about Ryan and his deep devotion to the philosophy of Rand, particularly her inverted Marxist economic-political worldview:
Ryan would retain some bare-bones subsidies for the poorest, but the overwhelming thrust in every way is to liberate the lucky and successful to enjoy their good fortune without burdening them with any responsibility for the welfare of their fellow citizens.
This is the core of Ryan’s moral philosophy:
“The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” …
At the Rand celebration he spoke at in 2005, Ryan invoked the central theme of Rand’s writings when he told his audience that, “Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill …?is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict–individualism versus collectivism.”
The core of the Randian worldview, as absorbed by the modern GOP, is a belief that the natural market distribution of income is inherently moral, and the central struggle of politics is to free the successful from having the fruits of their superiority redistributed by looters and moochers.
Gevolgd door een sceptischer, objectiever? lang artikel Ayn Rand, haar leven en filosofie.
Dit langere artikel geeft ook negatieve kanten van Ayn Rand weer.
Om objectief te oordelen kan het nuttig zijn ook die te lezen en je een eigen oordeel te vormen.
Persoonlijk heb ik ook veel bewondering voor Ayn Rand en er veel van geleerd. Zelfs zo dat het mijn leven definitief veranderd heeft en ik er zeker gelukkiger door geworden ben. Ook al ben het niet eens met alles, en zie ik ook negatieve kanten van haar.
Het is natuurlijk ook niet juist om haar filosofie te beoordelen naar eventuele gedragingen in haar leven.
An introduction objected, dismissing Ryan’s relationship as him having “said kind words about Ayn Rand,” as if he had merely offered pro forma praise at a banquet. I think at this point trying to deny Ryan’s attachment to Rand is pretty hard to sustain. He’s not requiring his staffers to read Rand because he thinks they need a good love story. And given that it’s not just a teenage fascination but the continuing embodiment of his public philosophy, it’s worth noting again that Rand is a twisted, hateful thinker.
Het lange (10 pag) artikel:
• Jonathan Chait September 14, 2009 | 12:00 am
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
By Jennifer Burns ((Oxford University Press, 459 pp., $27.95)
Ayn Rand and the World She Made
By Anne C. Heller (Doubleday, 559 pp., $35)
The current era of Democratic governance has provoked a florid response on the right, ranging from the prosaic (routine denunciations of big spending and debt) to the overheated (fears of socialism) to the lunatic (the belief that Democrats plan to put the elderly to death). Amid this cacophony of rage and dread, there has emerged one anxiety that is an actual idea, and not a mere slogan or factual misapprehension. The idea is that the United States is divided into two classes–the hard-working productive elite, and the indolent masses leeching off their labor by means of confiscatory taxes and transfer programs.
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