I have been consulting His Eminence, Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Laws for the Causes of Saints to determine if an atheist can be nominated for sainthood. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) influenced my thinking on this and brought me to the conclusion that survival of the fittest and individualism are the true foundations of God’s plan for us here on Earth.
Representative Ryan spoke passionately of Ayn Rand’s philosophy in a speech to the Atlas Society. In part he said:
“when you take a look at where we are today, ah, some would say we’re on offense, some would say we’re on defense, I’d say it’s a little bit of both. And when you look at the twentieth-century experiment with collectivism—that Ayn Rand, more than anybody else, did such a good job of articulating the pitfalls of statism and collectivism—you can’t find another thinker or writer who did a better job of describing and laying out the moral case for capitalism than Ayn Rand.”
Unfortunately, my friend Paul is now claiming that his view of social policy was not influenced by Ms. Rand. I have not yet been able to discuss this with him, but I suspect he was threatened with retaliation at the voting booth by liberals and socialists.