Paul Ryan: “Don’t give me Ayn Rand…give me Thomas Aquinas”

Robert Costa, over at National Review, sets the record straight on Paul Ryan-Ayn Rand with his article Ryan Shrugged. Seems that Ryan is distancing himself from Rand. As a good Catholic, he cites Aquinas as preferable. He is not just a numbers-crunching wonk, but a philosopher and theologian to boot. Stay tuned. Here’s an excerpt:

“I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand’s novels when I was young. I enjoyed them,” Ryan says. “They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman,” a subject he eventually studied as an undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio. “But it’s a big stretch to suggest that a person is therefore an Objectivist.”

“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.

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