"Crypto-Cultists" and "Cranks": The Video Paul Ryan Hoped Would Go Away
I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It's inspired me so much that it's required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff. We start with Atlas Shrugged."
--- U.S. Congressional Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), 2005 keynote speech in honor of Ayn Rand's birthday, held by the Atlas Society.
"As for his 'religion,' he called it 'just Ayn Rand's philosophy with ceremony and rituals added' "
--- Bill Ellis, quoting Anton LaVey on the intellectual source of his form of satanism, from page 180, Raising the Devil: Satanism, New Religions and The Media (2000, the University Press of Kentucky)
"To imply or state that the Church of Satan was the first to clearly state the Satanic ethic is to ignore the continuing impact of Ayn Rand...
To illustrate this historical precedent, let us examine the Nine Satanic Statements [from The Satanic Bible] in view of the Rand work Atlas Shrugged. In Galt's speech (pages #936-993) is the written source of most of the philosophical ideas expressed in the Satanic Bible... Note that the sequential order of these Atlas Shrugged quotations parallels the order of the Nine Satanic Statements."
--- Essay by George C. Smith, "The Hidden Source of the Satanic Philosophy", republished in The Satanic Bible (link to PDF file of Anton LaVey's book)
"[T]he reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism...
...you can't find another thinker or writer who did a better job of describing and laying out the moral case for capitalism than Ayn Rand.
It's so important that we go back to our roots to look at Ayn Rand's vision, her writings, to see what our girding, under-grounding [sic] principles are. I always go back to, you know, Francisco d'Anconia's speech (at Bill Taggart's wedding) on money when I think about monetary policy. And then I go to the 64-page John Galt speech"
--- Paul Ryan, 2005 speech to the Atlas Society
"What I am fighting is the idea that charity is a moral duty and a primary virtue."
--- Ayn Rand, 1964 interview with Playboy magazine
"Today you're supposed apologize to every naked savage anywhere on the globe because you are more prosperous."
--- Ayn Rand, 1980 interview with Tom Snyder
"1. Blessed are the strong, for they shall possess the earth - Cursed are the weak, for they shall inherit the yoke!
2. Blessed are the powerful, for they shall be reverenced among men - Cursed are the feeble, for they shall be blotted out!
3. Blessed are the bold, for they shall be masters of the world - Cursed are the righteously humble, for they shall be trodden under cloven hoofs!"
--- from The Book of Satan, part V, in The Satanic Bible
"I am not attacking Rand for the overlap of her views with LaVey's; I am saying that, at their core, they are the same philosophy. LaVey was able to recognize what many conservatives fail to see: Rand's doctrines are satanic...
"[P]erhaps instead of recommending Atlas Shrugged, we should simply hand out copies of The Satanic Bible. If they're going to align with a satanic cult, they might as well join the one that has the better holidays."
--- from The Fountainhead of Satanism, by Joe Carter, published June 8, 2011 in the Neoconservative Catholic-affiliated monthly journal First Things