A Catholic's Perspective
I think this Catholic perspective on the Ayn Rand - Paul Ryan connection is worth a read. In particular, this is a fair question for Mr. Ryan:
What exactly Ryan accepts and rejects will need to be articulated much more clearly in the coming weeks. I didn’t have time to get to the bottom of it in the interview. But it isn’t enough for Ryan to say that, on the one hand, he rejects her objectivism, but on the other, that he affirms her moral case for capitalism — because her moral case for capitalism is rooted in her objectivism. That root is, again, pure selfishness.Moreover the author seems to think that Ayn Rand's rejection of Christianity comes from her dislike of charity. Though certainly she was against altruism, I think the more telling contrast is what she was for: For Ayn Rand, pride is a major virtue (and an integral part of egoism), yet for Christians it's the single worst vice. That's the deepest incompatibility that I see.