Archive for September 19th, 2012

Into the Rose

John Muir

I am happy to announce that Will Hoyt’s very fine article about John Muir, “Into the Rose: the Pilgrimage of John Muir” is now online in the archives of the magazine Caelum et Terra. Originally appearing in the Spring, 1995 issue, it is a really fine piece of writing, one of the best things we published. You can read it here: http://www.caelumetterra.com/cet_backissues/article.cfm?ID=59

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America magazine has uncovered Congressman Paul Ryan’s remarks at an Atlas Society celebration of Ayn Rand in 2oo5- you know, the urban legend phase of his career- and it reveals the depth of his devotion to Ayn Rand and  that he views Social Security and Medicare as “socialistic” and intends to dismantle those programs:

This isn’t from a secret video, it’s from the untranscribed portion of Ryan’s 2005 speech at the Atlas Society’s “Celebration of Ayn Rand.”  It fits well with the Romney video because it makes clear that middle class entitlements, “so called defined benefit programs” such as Social Security and Medicare ARE an explicit strategic target because they are collectivistic, socialistic and foster dependency.

The speech has been hidden in plain sight on the Atlas Society website, which offers only a partial transcript. ..

This is the event where Ryan stated that Rand was the “one thinker” who is the “reason I got involved in public service;”and that Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are “required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff.”  Statements he would latter dismiss as “urban legends.”

It is impossible to summarize these statements without sounding like a breathless conspiracy theorist.  Here’s what Ryan says.  Don’t trust my bullets.  Read the transcript.  Don’t trust my transcript, listen to the audio on the Atlas Society site.

Ryan describes Social Security and Medicare as “collectivist” and “socialistic.” 

  • Ryan’s strategic plan:  privatize Social Security and Medicare in order to convert people from “collectivism” to believers in a “capitalistic individualistic” philosophy.  So that there will be “more people on our team” who “won’t listen to” Democrats. 
  • Ryan’s acceptance of Pinochet’s Secretary of Social Security José Piñera’s similar program of Social Security privatization as a “moral revolution” that made Marxists into capitalists who started to read the Chilean equivalent of the Wall Street Journal.  Ryan is overheard, “Yeah”  “That’s right.”

You can read the rest, including the recreated transcript (the Atlas Society has only an edited version)  here.

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