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Obama: Let’s face it, Ayn Rand is for teens

posted at 12:09 am on October 26, 2012 by

I feel the same way about 40-year-olds listening to Nirvana, but ah well. This made me think of the old “Bloom County” strip where Binkley’s telling hard truths to the other characters, and he’s forced to break the news to Steve Dallas that “Knight Rider” is actually a show for kids. Imagine Obama uncorking this one at a meeting with, say, the editorial board of Reason. (Which would be some meeting.)

Can’t be. Can’t f***ing be.

Q: Have you ever read Ayn Rand?

Obama: Sure.

Q: What do you think Paul Ryan’s obsession with her work would mean if he were vice president?

Obama: Well, you’d have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him. Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision. It’s not one that, I think, describes what’s best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a “you’re on your own” society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party

That’s from this month’s Rolling Stone hagiography. For more on Paul Ryan’s alleged “obsession” with Rand, see here. Quote: “I reject her philosophy. It’s an atheist philosophy.” Terrific.

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