from the most recent G-File (Jonah Goldberg):
Paul Ryan is a mainstream modern conservative. That means he holds a lot of libertarian ideas and a lot of social-conservatives ideas simultaneously in his head. While it is absolutely true that Ayn Rand and, say, Thomas Aquinas (whom Ryan claims as a bigger influence) aren’t exactly complementary to each other, that doesn’t mean that faithfully admiring both intellectual traditions will make your head explode like Android #1 in “I, Mudd.”
Think of it this way. When you make a jigsaw puzzle, first you take the picture, then you cut the pieces. You don’t draw a picture on each piece and then try to fit them together.
The modern conservative mind is composed of many influences, some libertarian, some more traditional. Cut a picture of that mind into a bunch of jigsaw-puzzle-sized pieces and some will be Randian or Hayekian. Other pieces will go over here with the Burkean and Kirkian part of the picture.
The pieces fit together because they fit together in the conservative mind…
Poisons are determined by the dose. A little nationalism is healthy, a lot of nationalism is dangerous. A little social solidarity is moral, too much is immoral. When a conservative tempers his social conservatism with libertarianism or when a Libertarian tempers his utopian tendencies with an appreciation of tradition, it’s not called hypocrisy, it’s called wisdom.