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Republican deficit hawk Rep. Paul Ryan loves novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand. We’ll look at what it mans to have “Atlas Shrugged” in the middle of the budget debate.

Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in New York City, 1962. (AP)
Ayn Rand, Russian-born American novelist, in New York City, 1962. (AP)

The American budget battle so far is really a battle of ideals. And at the back of a vocal chorus on the Republican/Tea Party right sits the philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand.

Rand was the refugee from communist Russia who wrote novels celebrating hyper-individualism, egoism, even selfishness — unregulated capitalism and masters of the universe — in “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

Now Republican budget maven Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Ron Paul and a forest of Tea Party placards call out her name.

This hour On Point: Ayn Rand, back in the thick of American politics.
- Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Jonathan Chait, senior editor at The New Republic.

Anne C. Heller, journalist and author of "Ayn Rand and the World She Made."

Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks.

This program aired on April 27, 2011.

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