Paul Ryan Embraces Pro-Choice Atheist, Advocate of “Virtue of Selfishness”


    On the first part of the title, I certainly have no problem with Paul Ryan embracing a pro-choice atheist, but I bet that a number of Teapublicans might. ) As for Ryan’s advocacy of the “Virtue of Selfishness,” I just find it revealing – and rather refreshing! – that Paul Ryan so honestly lets everyone know where he’s coming from in terms of the philosophical foundation for his public policy positions (e.g., demolishing Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). For instance, Ayn Rand compared John F. Kennedy to Adolph Hitler, calling JFK a “dictator of potential dictator.” Rand also stated that “Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue;” that “Religion is a primitive form of philosophy;” and “I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism.” It’s great that Paul Ryan is confident enough to publicly admit that he believes these, uh, “non-mainstream” views. Let’s see how the Republican Party does in 2012, running on THAT platform! LOL

    • kindler

      This whole “will to power” vision of survival of the fittest capitalists crushing the wimpy coward socialists.

      Kind of ironic and sad considering that Rand was a Jewish refugee (from Russia) who was writing not long after the Nazis showed how deadly such an approach can be.  

    • normanva

      This helps me see where some of these outrageous ideas are coming from. The economic ideas of Ryan and Rand are a wild contrast those of some of the original Christians who could be described as having a socialist fellowship.

      Acts 2

      The Fellowship of the Believers

      42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

    • Burgesses1619

      The people who are behind the Tea Party organizations are not religious but are followers of Ayn Rand. Selfishness and greed are their mantras, not charity and brotherly love.

      The fact that Ayn Rand was Jewish is probably largely irrelevant to what the Nazis did because she seemed to have been isolated from much of Jewish culture. Did she do anything for holocaust survivors? No. Tea Party leaders only use Christian right rhetoric to suck them in to their cause and make them think that the Tea Party is for individualism and freedom. The Christian base within the Tea Party is being used the same way the Moral Majority used them before.