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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, Assistant Research Professor, Executive Editor
Jay Richards, Ph.D., O.P., is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, Executive Editor of The Stream and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute where he works with the Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality. In addition to writing many academic articles, books, and popular essays on a wide variety of subjects, he edited the award winning anthology God & Evolution and co-authored The Privileged Planet.  His most recent book is The Human Advantage. Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.Div., a Th.M., and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion. He lives with his family in the Washington DC Metro area.