It is lamentable to hear Paul Ryan and other believers espouse a belief system that enshrines extreme individualism as the dominant principle that shapes society. They claim the mantle of creativity and productivity. They straddle the globe and seek nothing but their own pleasure and self aggrandizement. Their promethium efforts produce a Darwinian world of the survival of the fittest.
The portrait that these Randians paint is both tragic and farcical. Tragic in that that it results in a world of unabridgable inequality. A world of mass suffering and inequality that is controlled by an international oligarchy composed of the international banking interests, the military industrial complex, and the multinational corporations. Farcical in that its proponents are not rugged individualists but rather, they are dependent parasites serving their wealthy constituents.
Their political war chests are filled by their patrons and they are allowed to strut on the stage of world affairs in their Armani shoes and expensive suits. Far from Ayn Randian individualists they are parasites on the body politic serving their corporate masters at the expense of the commonweal.
Nothing substantive will change until countervailing forces reassert themselves and curb the excesses created by Citizens United, privatization, and the absurdity of the maximization of profits over human needs. The prophets of Ayn Rand’s individualism must be countered by those with an empathetic worldview that emphasizes the dignity of all earth’s creatures.