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Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times

Via Balloon Juice:

In 2005, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy that centered on the idea that selfishness is "virtue". The New Republic wrote:

"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."

Ryan also noted in a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, "I give out 'Atlas Shrugged' as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well... I try to make my interns read it."


"I reject her philosophy," Ryan says firmly. "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," who believed that man needs divine help in the pursuit of knowledge. "Don't give me Ayn Rand," he says.

I guess someone's getting ready to run for President in 2016.

By fnord12 | April 26, 2012, 5:02 PM | Liberal Outrage

Reference from SuperMegaMonkey

The SuperMegaMonkey Paul Ryan primer.    Read More: Aww man, now i've gotta pay attention to politics again