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Anthem

Taken socially, objectivism teaches the power of the individual and his reasoning capacity. Rand was not a fan of collective power and control over society; sacrificing for the sake of one's brother is not simply inefficient and impractical to Rand, but diametrically opposed to man's human essence. Once society loses the word "I," Rand believed, it would self-implode. The purpose of Anthem is to glorify human potential and individual self-worth. The rulers tend to keep their constructive power over the people by planting in their dementedheads that there is no "I," merely just we, to brainwash them and make them "know" that what they have grown up learning is right. If you have grown up your whole life learning and studying the catholic religion, then you will most likely believe that it is the best way to be, unless you get a bright, yet flashy awakening to the real world just like Equality 7-2521 did. Each night for three hours, instead of attending the City Theatre, which promotes the propaganda of collectivism, Equality 7-2521 retreats to his special underground hovel, where he illegally studies the science of things alone. Though he knows his society forbids his activities, Equality 7-2521 also realizes that for thefirst time in his life, he feels satisfaction and peace. This is what made him realize that what they were doing was merely brainwashing the people. From the onset he describes himself as having a curse-a curse of being different from his brothers, being an individual. Yet through the course of events, he ultimately comes to the conclusion that this curse is a blessing, since it leads him out of captivity to the collective and into freedom.
More than being a metaphor for the Russian state Rand left, Anthem's collective society represents the forces of socialism and altruism everywhere. Rand believed that the ideology of collectivism would destroy Russia and any other n…

Books and Movies Reviews

Anthem

Anthem
By: Ayn Rand
Collectivism is when the products and wealth are controlled by the government and supposedly distributed evenly among the people. Socialism, commonly known as Communism is based on this idea of collectivism. The people work knowing that whether or not they produce a great or small amount, they will receive the same benefits that they are getting now. This system removes the idea of incentive. Incentive is when people work harder knowing that the harder they work, the more money or privileges they will receive. Collectivism pushes the importance of the community over individuals. It is known as a "We" society where anything and everything is for the benefit of the whole community. The "I" society is the natural law kind of society where there is the existence of truth and competition. Ayn Rand wrote using the principles of natural law to inform the reader about collectivism and how society was starting to look like it more and more.
People in our take the term "I" for granted. They feel that all it means is a singular person. Through further studying of natural law, the word "I" develops a much more complex meaning because "I" is a type of natural law society, where the people look to themselves to help solve their problems. In an "I" society, there is competition, truth, earning of independence and freedom, and incentive.All these things are necessary in order to obtain a natural law society.
The "We" philosophy is almost an exact opposite of the "I" idea. It centers on the whole and teaches that it is the group that is important, not the individual. Anything an individual could do to help should be done without any questions or doubts.There is no competition under a collective society, so people are considered equal. Under natural law man can't be free and equal because there must be competition in order to have natural l…