Editor's note: On April 30, The Atlas Society published audio of Rep. Paul Ryan speaking at a TAS event in 2005. In the audio he indicates that Rand's ideas shaped his thinking in profound ways. He also indcated that he has his staff read Atlas Shrugged.
Following conservative media comments which suggested that these facts were simply urban legends concocted by liberals, TAS published the audio on order to better inform the public. Since then the audio recording has been cited many times in mainstream media. Here are some of those instances.
Ryan's Evolution on Privatizing Medicare
Was Ryan's Social Security plan inspired by Pinochet?
Talking Loud, Saying Nothing
Did Mitt Romney Learn his '47 Percent' Line From Paul Ryan?
--The Atlantic Wire
Paul Ryan Disowns Speech To Ayn Rand Group Decying 'Collectivist' Social Security
--Talking Points Memo
Secret Ryan Transcript: Social Security and Medicare are the Target
Ryan's 'Secret' Tape is Even More Extreme Than Romney's
Ryan's pick of literature not unlike liberal works
Ayn Rand's popularity on rise, thanks to conservatives
--Arizona Daily Sun
'Atlas Shrugged,' liberals whined
--San Francisco Chronicle
Galt, Gold, and God
--New York Times (Paul Krugman)
Ayn Rand: a curious choice for GOP
--Wisconsin State Journal
An atheist-inspired fox in the Republican right's hen house
--Carroll Daily Times Herald
Jump on the Rand Wagon! How Ryan Resurrected Ayn
--New York Observer
Ryan's Possible Interpretation of Rand
--Madison County Courier
Randier Than Thou: the left's weirdest attack on Paul Ryan
--Wall St. Journal
Paul Ryan and the resurgence of Ayn Rand
--Canadian Broadcasting Company
Ryan Sought To 'Change the Dynamics' of American Society in 2005
Paul Ryan is Far From an Ayn Rand Prodigy
--U.S. News & World Report
(Video) The Differences Between Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand
--U.S. News and World Report
(Video) "An Extreme Choice": Touting Ayn Rand GOP Pick Paul Ryan Backs Dismantling the New Deal
Ayn Rand Followers Worry Paul Ryan Might be Double-Edged Sword
--Talking Points Memo (featuring comments by David Kelley)
My Take: Christianity and Ayn Rand's Philosophy are two distinct religions
--Washington Post religion blog
Real cute package of cruelty (Maureen Dowd)
--New York Times News Service
Is Ryan for or against Ayn Rand?
--CNN.com (front page)
Veep nominee Paul Ryan renounces former fascination with Ayn Rand
--New York Daily News
What Ayn Rand says about Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan Book Club: Shrugging Off Ayn Rand?
What did Ayn Rand teach Paul Ryan about monetary policy?
Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, and the meaning of life
Ayn Rand joins the ticket
Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand Reader: Lesson One
Paul Ryan--the Anti-Palin
--Chrisitan Science Monitor
Paul Ryan Loved Ayn Rand before he said he didn't
Ryan Choice a 'Gamble' but he's no 'Robot Nerd'
Paul Ryan Reading Guide: The Best Reporting on the VP Candidate
(Note: The above article was also published on the Mother Jones website.)
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