A Review Of "Anthem" by Ayn Rand

A Review of "Anthem," by Ayn Rand

One of Ayn Rand’s earliest masterpieces is the short novella “Anthem.” It was published in 1938 and is set in the dystopian future, although the date is not specified. The general premise is that man has entered into another dark period in history because of the weakness in socialist economics and overall thinking.  The world is no longer ruled by individual governments but instead by a “World Council.” Individuality no longer exists and advancement through technology is hardly allowed at all. It is revealed in the novel that the word “I” is no longer allowed to be spoken, as we find out in the end.

Rand published this book before her famous classics “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.” It is an early look at her beliefs that are still greatly popular today. Ayn Rand believed fiercely in individual rights and laizze-faire capitalism. She also was adamantly opposed to the welfare state, communism, fascism and statism. “Anthem,” “The Fountainhead,” and “Atlas Shrugged” are still in print and are playing a large role in our current economic situation. Rand’s beliefs, outlined above, were the centerpiece of her political philosophy called Objectivism. Objectivism is still prominent today, thanks largely to the Ayn Rand Institute which still promotes the ideas of the late writer.

The current track that our country is heading on, larger government, national healthcare, cap and trade, tax increases, bailouts, and stimulus packages are all bringing the once low key Objectivism philosophy back out to center state. Hundreds of thousands of copies of Ayn Rand’s books are sold every year. Earlier this year, both “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” were on the Top 100 list of books on Amazon.com and both books are well over 50 years old. People are looking at the work, including “Anthem,” because we want to be able to assert our individual right to live our lives. Not only that, but the government is growing increasingly out of control and beginning to take over aspects of our life that they have no business doing. I truly believe if Ayn Rand were still alive today, she would be appalled by what she is seeing from the United States. The majority of concerns that her work outlines is slowly coming true, especially since January of this year. It is important for any self respecting American to read “Anthem” by Ayn Rand, and indeed all of her major works because it can be a real eye opener. 


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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

I love this book by Ayn Rand. I have a well-worn copy in my book collection. You have a really strong collection of hubs here. Spend some time on the forum and build your fan base!

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debugs 6 years ago from Odessey777, Umbris

I love Ayn Rand. Though her books may sound "too extreme" to some people, I believe in individualism. Every thing supposedly "for the common good" has become either a nightmare or a disaster.

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valbond 6 years ago from UK


I've referenced your hub here http://hubpages.com/literature/Faith-of-the-Fallen... as much of what Goodkind writes in this book is similar to Rand's Objectivism. It could almost be a companionpiece to Anthem.

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