Over 65-years ago Ayn Rand wrote her famous novel Anthem, much shorter than Fountain Head or Atlas shrugged. Ayn Rand is of course that famous socio-economic philosopher who loved all that the US had to offer and compared it to the socialist leanings and failings of Europe back in the day, she also wrote her novels as a warning of how crony-capitalism and socialism could become the down fall of our prized free-enterprise system. Interestingly enough, much of what she’d predicted has come true, and we ought to be vigilant to ensure we keep what we have and not let it slip away. Okay so, let’s talk.
You see the other day, I finished a re-read of her smaller novel, and I was reminded of how sound many of her philosophical observations were when it comes to the our society, and with regards to human nature over all. The version of Anthem I read and highly recommend to you today is:
“Anthem” by Ayn Rand, 50-year Anniversary Edition, Dutton Book Publishers, New York, NY, 1995, 253 pages, ISBN: 0-525-94015-4.
This book is much different than other books in that it has in the back pictures diagrams of Ayn Rand’s actual notes when preparing this book, which is indeed a total treat. This is perhaps, I’d say one of her best works, and now that I think about it, I’d recommend that anyone wanting to read her books start with this one. It is void of the 10+ page monologues and repeated inner thoughts of the main characters. Her demonstration of the strength of character and ego of a self-actualized human being rising above the fray is enough to motivate even the worst downtrodden individual.
For those who’ve become confused as society continuously and repeatedly tries to convince them to give up self for the common good, this book will set you straight, or make you think and look around at the forces working to push you down rather than allow you the freedom and liberty you need to pursue your life’s work and reach your goals and dreams.
Most of all, I think this book ought to be amongst the classics, just as Ayn Rand’s two more popular and longer books are. Incidentally, if you know a 20-something somewhere out there, you ought to recommend this one, and have them promise to read it or at least put it on their “to read” reading list. Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.