What Does Rand Paul Believe?
He is not, as he will claim, a libertarian. Rand Paul is an acolyte in the religion of Ayn Rand. There is a big difference.
- Paul believes that selfishness is a virtue and charity is a sin.
- He believes the economically powerful ought to have more rights than poor people.
- On civil rights Paul opposes state sponsored racism (Jim Crow laws). He supports the right of businesses to refuse to serve or hire blacks (or Asians or Hispanics). He supports the right of individual doctors to refuse to treat people based on their race. He opposes lynching but supports discrimination.
- He believes the only human right is property rights. All other rights flow from property. An unstated corollary is that those without property have no rights.
Quotes from Ayn Rand
- The Virtue of Selfishness (title of an essay)
- When I say “capitalism,” I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism ~ Virtue of Selfishness
- They (Native Americans) didn't have any rights to the land.... Any white person who brings the element of civilization has the right to take over this continent. ~ West Point Q&A, 1974
- The person who loves everybody and feels at home everywhere is the true hater of mankind. ~ The Fountainhead
- The world is perishing from an orgy of self-sacrificing. ~ The Fountainhead
- It would be kinder to acknowledge people’s existence by hating them. ~ The Fountainhead
- To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. ~ Anthem
- There is no such thing as duty. If you know that a thing is right, you want to do it. If you don't want to do it—it isn't right. ~ We The Living
- If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject. ~ Time 2/29/1960
Source of Ayn Rand quotes.
Note: Paul claims the first name he uses, short for Randal, has absolutely nothing to do with Ayn Rand. And, Randy, I don't believe you.