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Wealth & Poverty Review Ryan isn’t a Randian


An urban legend on the left is that Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan is a big fan of Ayn Rand, and requires his staff to read Atlas Shrugged. It’s not true. I confirmed this with a Ryan staff member a year ago. But the story fits so well with the leftwing narrative that it refuses to die. Brian Bolduc dismantles the charge well in National Review Online.
In reality, Ryan is a Catholic who understands his work in light of Catholic Social Teaching. Of course, this is a prudential judgment on which Catholics may agree or disagree. But in any case, the “Ryan is a Randian” meme should be challenged wherever it crops up.

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow at Discovery, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.