Monday, August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan is a Politician

He never said he was an Objectivist. He's a fan of Ayn Rand's work, but he's a politician first, and also a Catholic, which is why he disavowed Rand (especially after he was being vetted as Romney's possible pick for VP). But in today's context, Paul Ryan is as good an electable politician as you can get. Check out Amy Peikoff's interview with Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute, on the Ryan pick. And to those who think this pick is "catastrophic", let me say that I prefer to save the word Catastrophic for things like a second Obama term.


7 comments:

AMAI said...

Ah yes, the telltale giveaway of a politician - he's trying to swallow his own lips.

Hi Bosch - it's Stephanie Bond here, AMAI is my nic on Blogger.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Thanks for visiting/commenting, Stephanie. Lip-Swallowing Politicians, good catch :)

Mark said...

Excellent post, Bosch - and excellent interview by Amy of Yaron Brook (who I met, btw, at a political conference a couple of years back. Very nice, very smart guy.)

I've got to say that being an unapologetic Christian, I understand EXACTLY what Yaron and Amy were discussing. I know that true Objectivists (including my own brother) consider people like myself deluded by religion. Rand's atheism is the one part of her philosophy - her epistemology - that I also reject. Nonetheless I admire her as a brilliant philosopher and an intellectual titan, and I agree with the overwhelming majority of what I have read of her writing - which is a considerable amount. I remain a huge fan of you and of Amy as well. We can't agree on every issue :-) I think Ryan is a great choice - as he will assure an Obama defeat.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Thanks, Mark, for listening & commenting, we have a good number of things in common outside of religion, which makes us fellow travelers. I also think that with this pick, Obama will more likely be thrown into the place he's been at war with for nearly 3 years: the private sector, the one place he's even more impotent in than the public sector.

Lyme Nexus said...

He should learn about Objective Freedom though. A person can be a christian, atheist, or non-objectivist, and still be an advocate of Objective Freedom. http://www.ObjectiveFreedom.com

Alexander V. Marriott, ABD said...

Also, when the National Review waged it's public campaign to get him to denounce Ayn Rand (which he did simply on the question of God), he fell back on Thomas Aquinas. Unless I'm mistaken, Aquinas--and Aristotle--were and are considered among the most, if not the most, important of earlier philosophers by Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff. I'm not suggesting Paul Ryan is aware of this, but it's encouraging that he chose Aquinas and not the numerous other Catholic philosophers he might have sought refuge in--think Augustine for instance, the favorite of Gary Wills and other liberal Catholic intellectuals.

AMAI said...

Mark, as long as you recognize that your beliefs are your business and that you have no right to force them on others by way of legislation etc., then we can come to agreement on making a civilized society.