paul ryan ayn rand quoteAs I was getting coffee before class at 8am this morning, I saw on the television that Paul Ryan was just elected speaker of the House.  Given that Ayn Rand is not my favorite political philosopher by any means, I am sad that many in congress continue to move farther to the right.  Those of us on the left want education and healthcare for all of our people, and Ryan is a hard opponent of this, making little distinction between degrees of socialism and hardcore communism.  I am worried that things are going to get a lot worse for many people before there is an opportunity for us to make things better.  I was discussing socialism versus capitalism in class today, and showed some of John Pilger’s War on Democracy, which is an admittedly left wing pro-socialism documentary, the sort of thing Ryan would despise along with Rand.  Here is the documentary, entirely free online: