Libertarians like Paul Ryan (and, nota bene, Ron Paul) like to talk about subsidiarity–and only that–when they want to give the illusion they care about Catholic social teaching. Sorry. Anybody who looks to Ayn Rand as their guru does not really take Catholic teaching seriously. You might as well say that Stalin is your guide to understanding the Church’s teaching on solidarity.
UPDATE: Some folks are buying the new meme that Paul Ryan is putting out that Ayn Rand is not a big influence on him and all his Libertarianism really comes straight out of the Catechism.
Now I’m quite happy to hear that, after only seven years, he has publicly rejected Ayn Rand’s heartless and icy philosophy. But the notion that it is an “urban legend” that he has trumpeted her work is, ‘ow you say?, a lie. Instead of pretending he never did this, he should just say, “I was wrong. I’m sorry” and not blame people for knowing what he said.