For those unaware, Andrew Ryan is a fictional character, the 'villian' if you will, in a video game called Bioshock. While he isn't real, I felt his views and goals deserved real discussion, and I know many Elliqiuans are Bioshock fans.
Basically, Andrew wanted to escape the combined tyranny of three different elements of modern society. Government, Religion, and 'Parasites'. To him, these three different creeds only held back truly great men.
He built a city at the bottom of the ocean to escape from these things, and invited artists, scientists and the like for his perfect society. Here, every man was 'entitled to the sweat of his brow' meaning that what you built or accomplished was yours and yours alone. No media could censor you, no delusions of morality could hold your scientific mind back, and no one could demand a share of something that wasn't theres. Free market and free will.
To him, 'Parasites' were men and women 'expected the farmer to feed them out of charity and the doctor to heal them for free' he went as far to compare these people to pedophiles, and saw small acts such as stealing from vending machines as punishable by death.
In one instance, he speaks of buying land on the surface, and the religious community threw a fit, claiming the land belonged to God, and through Congress, sought to force him to nationalize what he had rightfully purchased. He saw this as such an afront to the ideals that would lead to his underwater city, and when his land was finally nationalized, he torched the whole thing.
While the man can be considered a hipocrit and borderline dictator, his views do raise interesting points.