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Fri Oct 25, 2013, 06:35 AM

Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand and... Satanism? [View all]

Oh, Republican Party, how far you have fallen, now that you've given over your party to the cranks and the crazies and the cruzaders.

They used to warn people against ridiculous ideologies... before they came to represent them.


I give people Ayn Rand, with trappings"
--- Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan (to Kim Klein of the Washington Post, 1970), as cited on page 2 of Contemporary Religious Satanism: A Critical Anthology, by Jesper Aagaard Peterson (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009)

"Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism." --- Congressman Paul Ryan, 2009 official Ryan For Congress video ad.

"My great friend, the late Bill Buckley - one of his greatest contributions to modern conservatism was his effort to purge it of cranks and crypto-cultists and for Buckley, Ayn Rand and her followers certainly fit that description... [Ayn Rand's] patently anti-Christian ideas seem to be gaining steam... powerful committee chairmen on Capital Hill make their staffers read her tracts." --- former Nixon Administration member Charles Colson, May 2011 installment of his "Two Minute Warning" video series, titled Atlas Shrugged and So Should You

"There are two novels that can change a bookish 14-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."
--- John Rogers, screenwriter and comic

Strange bedfellows, when libertarians and fundamentalist "christians" unite in their effort to undermine our economic system, as we saw this month, inspired by a foundational text for...satanism?

It all gets so confusing, especially when all you want to do is undo the New Deal, no matter what sorts of affiliations you make to do so.

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