I’m having a hard time figuring this out so I’m asking the blog-o-sphere to help me out.
I saw that there is a movie version of the popular Ayn Rand novel: Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand’s work has become popular among conservatives and tea party folk. And why not? Her works and her philosophy are strongly laissez-faire in terms of economy, strongly anti-socialist and pro-individualism, and strongly promotes self-interest. I don’t think I’ve said anything here that you can’t look up on your own.
Ayn Rand saw that the natural consequence of objectivism is anti-altruism. This is the connection I can’t wrap my head around. How can these social conservatives deal with this? Senator Paul Ryan has stated is admiration of his book and is a Roman Catholic, a religion that puts a premium on altruism. Justice Clarence Thomas, another Catholic, says its one of his favorite books. Mormon commentator Glenn Beck apparently loves it. How can this be? How can social conservatism with its strong Christian ideology also strongly support the objectivism views as well? Blog-o-sphere, help me out.