This blog describes some ideas that seem to be different from the current train of political thought. I will try to bring up somewhat unique and innovative ideas regarding political systems and policies in the US. I hope those who comment also bring in such ideas.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Following up on the previous post discussing The Fountainhead, I also recently finished Anthem by Ayn Rand. This time the hero is a scientist, and not an architect. It explores the consequences of a society that entirely devalues the individual, and the ultimate triumph of an individual over that society.

Once again, the story and characters are not entirely convincing or compelling. But, the story of triumph of the human spirit is enormously compelling, and connected me to novelette. In some ways, it is a "cliff notes" version of Fountainhead in a different format. If you have not read "Atlas Shrugged" or "Fountainhead" I would recommend reading Anthem first. It is a very quick read, and I finished it in one sitting. You can get a feel for her style, and decide if you want to delve more deeply into her philosophy.

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