Ayn Rand’s Anthem Advocates Egoism

Adaptation of Ayn Rand’s early novel, Anthem will republish in 2011 and will be available in bookstores.

First published in 1937, Anthem read like a work of science fiction, akin to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984.

In a political climate like today’s where the competing factions toss out words like “socialism” and “fascism,” Rand’s controversial adventure should find a new and welcome home.

The concepts are still intellectual, and the graphic novel format makes it accessible to a younger audience.

The real name of Ayn Rand is Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum, a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter, is known for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Born and educated in Russia, Rand migrated to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway

Rand’s political views, reflected in both her fiction and her theoretical work, emphasize individual rights (including property rights) and laissez-faire capitalism, enforced by a constitutionally limited government.

She was a fierce opponent of all forms of collectivism and statism,including fascism, communism, socialism and promoted egoism while rejecting the ethic of altruism.

She considered reason to be the only means of acquiring knowledge and its advocacy the most important aspect of her philosophy, stating,

“I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.”

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