President Obama recently sat down with Rolling Stone and conducted what will probably be remembered by history as "The Bullshit Interview."
At some point during the interview, he was asked to give his thoughts on the writings of Ayn Rand and what he thinks about their underlying philosophy as interpreted by conservatives like Paul Ryan. He admits that he has read some Rand, which makes him like most politically-minded people. He does not say whether or not he finished any of her books, which would make him like almost no people.
Spoiler alert: He's not a fan…
"Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we'd pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we're only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we're considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity — that that's a pretty narrow vision. It's not one that, I think, describes what's best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a 'you're on your own' society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party."
This doesn't really surprise me. Barack Obama always struck me as more of a Middle Earth-type nerd.
Tags: Ayn Rand, Barack Obama, Books, Nerdiness, Paul Ryan