Friday, October 26, 2012

Obama on Ayn

President Obama sat down recently for an in-depth chat with Rolling Stone that's remarkably far-reaching and candid (just read what he says kids think of Mitt Romney) and worth checking out in its entirety. However, given my longstanding antipathy towards the Objectevist teachings of Ayn Rand, which have of late merged with mainstream Republicanism to form about as unhealthy an ideological Molotov cocktail as possible, this small bit in particular jumped out at me:
What do you think Paul Ryan's obsession with her work would mean if he were vice president? 
Well, you'd have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him. Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we're only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we're considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that's a pretty narrow vision. It's not one that, I think, describes what's best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a "you're on your own" society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.
Couldn't have said it better. Read the rest here.

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