We don’t need Ayn Rand kind of society


Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has been repeatedly reported to be a follower of the economic philosophy of Ayn Rand, a writer popular in the 1950s. Most of the younger generations will be unfamiliar with her ideas as exemplified in the novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.”

These are fairy tales totally unrelated to reality but they do present an interesting point of view, which is that all really important achievements are the result of unaided, individual ability and personal effort, and that selfishness is a virtue and altruism a vice — that human progress will result as these achievements produced by super males will just trickle down to us clods.

Columnist Rich Lowry says: “Don’t fear Paul Ryan.”

Well, Ayn Rand scared me 60 years ago and does so again. Go read her books for yourselves and then decide if that is the kind of society we want.

Robert H. Schaeffer

Walla Walla


kurtfr 1 year, 8 months ago

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.


wallyworldguy 1 year, 8 months ago

You know what scares me Robert? ---------People who think like you


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