In a recent speech made in Columbus, Ohio, Republican Vice Presidential choice Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) discussed his plan to bring America back on the path to prosperity. He explained that “in order to fully embrace an economic plan that will bring our nation back to its feet we need to first embrace our inner child and be as selfish as possible.”
Rep. Ryan is a big supporter of the philosophies of author and libertarian, Ayn Rand. Rand held the belief that selfishness was a virtue, and to live as a collective whole was detrimental to society, so we must live every person for themselves. She believed that we should live in a purely capitalistic society with laws of the land, but no laws to govern over trade and the selling of goods and services. She thought that government intervention is responsible for our problems, and that the solution lies not in further government regulation but in moving toward full laissez-faire capitalism. Complete economic freedom with no limits or boundaries. She said, “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” In other words, be happy with yourself, no one else matters but you, things will make you happy, and it’s okay to feel this way.
Paul Ryan, the good Catholic boy that he is, took the Atheist Ayn Rand’s words to heart, and brought them a step further. Since he believes that being selfish is the philosophy towards bringing prosperity, and at the same time believing that God created him among his fellow man, he incorporated the two beliefs into one to settle any confusion.