**The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. – Paul Ryan 2005
Is Paul Ryan stupid or crazy?
What kind of person reads Ayn Rand and gets inspired to go into public service or all things? Considering what she thought of public service, politics and politicians. Considering what she thought of the concept of The Public and Service in general.
I’m no fan of Rand. She was an objectively awful writer. Her philosophy is so comically bad to the point that it works better as a parody of philosophy. But I kind of understand someone reading Rand and being inspired to become an inventor or entrepreneur. She creates idealized images of an inventor/entrepreneur archetype and promotes this as man’s highest calling. Badly, but there is no accounting for taste.
Is there some public servant role model in her work that Ryan latched on to?