I suppose it was inevitable that the selection of a Roman Catholic as Mitt Romney’s running-mate would revive the long-running debate about the role of markets in the teaching of the Church. (See: Who Is Paul Ryan, and What Does He Stand For? )
Let’s be clear. Paul Ryan invited religious critiques of his economic positions when he said it was more accurate to say that he follows the philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas than that of Ayn Rand.
It’s this article by the National Review's Robert Costa that people are citing most widely. Note that Ryan’s remarks were made before he was tapped as Romney’s pick for vice president. But its certainly fair to suppose that Ryan knew he was at least under consideration for the job.
Here’s what Ryan actually said:
“I, like millions of young people in America, read Rand’s novels when I was young. I enjoyed them,” Ryan says. “They spurred an interest in economics, in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman,” a subject he eventually studied as an undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio. “But it’s a big stretch to suggest that a person is therefore an Objectivist.”Page 1 of 6 | Next Page