Since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as a running mate, many media outlets have pointed out the Wisconsin Rep's interest in Ayn Rand.
And they should -- Ayn Rand's basic schtick is that selfishness is a virtue and as such, the only ethical economic system is pure capitalism. Under Rand, any social safety net is wrong and unjust and for "moochers " and "collectivists;" true moral exemplars are ultra-rich egoists. What's important about Ryan's Rand affiliation, then, is its fiscal implications (and not-so-subtle dislike of the poor.)
Ryan might have realized that aligning himself with a pro-choice atheist might piss off GOP fundamentalists and partially renounced the pop philosopher, saying before VP talk: "If somebody is going to try to paste a person's view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. Don't give me Ayn Rand."
Of course, this is complete bullshit. He hasn't abandoned his interpretation of Rand's economic policies (see first link.) More importantly, though, there's no way Ryan could read Aquinas -- and adhere to his beliefs -- without lying to himself and/or doing some serious mental gymnastics. And that's because Aquinas would have fucking hated Ryan's capitalism.
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Paul Ryan Is In Love With St. Thomas Aquinas; What Does This Mean? (UPDATE)
Good analysis. And I do know something about Aquinas. Paul Ryan is no Aquinas.
BTW, the news of Ryan's throwing Rand overboard for Aquinas is all over the news and blogs today. Do I sense a row brewing? I don't think that Ryan can have this both ways.
Moreover, Ryan's glibness is dealing this indicates a lack of political acumen. He is creating more problems for himself than he is resolving. Palin II?