Paul Ryan Shrugs: I’m Totally Not Into Ayn Rand
Suddenly, Rep. Paul Ryan claims he’s not that into Ayn Rand, even though we know that he is. Ryan once proudly told the Weekly Standard, “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it.”
[su_center_ad]But never mind all that. He’s now distancing himself from the godawful author’s ideology, because John Oliver.
The Huffington Post reports:
On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver asked a simple question: How is Ayn Rand still a thing? And during a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, noted Rand devotee Paul Ryan saw part of Oliver’s segment and distanced himself from the Atlas Shrugged author.
The “Last Week Tonight” piece — which included a clip of Ryan saying that Rand “did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism” — questioned why conservatives continue to idolize Rand. When host Marc Lamont Hill showed Ryan a clip from Oliver’s Rand takedown, the congressman said the last time he read the author’s work was “years and years ago.”
“This is why I’m not an objectivist,” Ryan said, reacting to Oliver’s piece. “This is why I disagree with her philosophy. But I think her novels are great. I loved her novels when I was a kid. They triggered my interest in economics.”
A video of Paul Ryan explaining that Rand’s thinking is “sorely needed right now” because we are “living in an Ayn Rand novel” and that “Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and this, to me, is what is [sic] matters most.”:
But never mind that, too. Ryan thinks she was a good writer, and that’s another dubious claim. Ryan has been lusting after Rand’s dead bones for ages, and like the worst boyfriend ever, he’s denying that he was ever into her. [su_csky_ad]