First, Paul Ryan has argued extensively about his belief in Ayn Randian nihilism. Here are his very own words.
During the 2005 gathering, Ryan told the audience, "Almost every fight we are involved in here on Capitol Hill ... is a fight that usually comes down to one conflict -- individualism versus collectivism." The event was hosted by The Atlas Society, which prominently features a photo of Rand on its website and describes itself as a group that "promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom."
Ryan also said during a 2003 interview with the Weekly Standard, "I give out 'Atlas Shrugged' as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well ... I try to make my interns read it.” He noted that he "looked into" Rand's work when he was younger, but reiterated that he is a Christian and reads the Bible often.
In 2009, Ryan posted two videos on his Facebook page raving about the importance of Rand's views.
"If 'Atlas Shrugged' author Ayn Rand were alive today, here's the urgent message I think she'd be conveying," Ryan wrote alongside the first video, titled "Ayn Rand's relevance in 2009."
He says in the video:
In the second video, titled "Ayn Rand & 2009 America, Part 2," Ryan says it doesn't surprise him that sales of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" have "surged" since President Barack Obama took office.
"It's that kind of thinking, that kind of writing, that is sorely needed right now. And I think a lot of people would observe that we are living in an Ayn Rand novel right now, metaphorically speaking," Ryan says. "The attack on Democratic capitalism, on individualism and freedom in America is an attack on the moral foundation of America. And Ayn Rand more than anyone else did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism. This, to me, is what matters most." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/paul-ryan-ayn-rand_n_1459098.html
Here is Ayn Rand herself proclaiming her atheism and nihilistic views. Ayn Rand video
Now that Paul Ryan has Mitt Romney’s selection for Vice President, Ryan fervently proclaims his belief in a Christian god.
But America is more than just a place...it's an idea. It's the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. Full text of Paul Ryan’s V.P. announcement speech
Wait! Isn’t this a contradiction for Ryan to claim Ayn Randian atheistic nihilism and Christian theism? Of course not! Proclaiming belief in god to gain political power for oneself is exactly what an Ayn Randian nihilist would do so Paul Ryan is being a perfectly consistent nihilist, but an inconsistent theist. However, even consistently itself is not a value in a valueless nihilistic universe. Ryan is simply using language to say whatever is necessary and convenient to gain political power so to construct society on Ayn Rand’s nihilistic philosophy.