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Anthem

By Ayn Rand
Anthem by Ayn Rand digital book - Fable

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Upon original submission of "Anthem" to Macmillan publishing the book was rejected on grounds that "the author does not understand socialism." For the harshest of Ayn Rand's critics this might as well be an analysis of all her work. However, for those who revere Rand's work and subscribe to her particular philosophy of objectivism this novel could be set in the present day instead of some unidentified future in which mankind has entered a dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking. In this dystopian novella we find a world where technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. The central characters of the story are Equality 7-2521, a free thinking inventor, and his love interest, Liberty 5-3000. Like most dystopian works, "Anthem" describes a strange and unfathomable world which could never exist. It is in the creation of this extreme world the Rand draws a parable to warn us against what she believed were the perils of socialism.

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“I first read this in 10th grade and all I paid attention to was the “romance” storyline. Then I listened to it in 2020 as an audiobook while I was shopping at Walmart and I had the same thoughts. Rooting for the main characters and despising the leaders that kept all this knowledge from everyone. Of course, as things are described in the book you can’t help but root for their little rebellion. Well… apparently I lacked— or still lack as recently as 2020 — basic critical thinking skills and did not see it as a dismissal of collectivism as a genuine means of progress. It’s incredible how I didn’t see the praise to an individualistic lifestyle, which is one of the fucking reasons people don’t care to look out for each other. So yeah… my bad lol.”

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