Many young men, including myself, are influenced by Ayn Rand, a flawed human being. No doubt. I doubt I could have lasted 5 minutes of her chain smoking harshness.
Not a particularly good writer.
- pursuit of happiness
- individual rights
- laissez-faire capitalism
We joked that Randian economic policy would be to SHOOT the UNEMPLOYED.
Academic philosophers have mostly ignored or rejected Rand’s philosophy. But it’s been embraced by some Libertarians and American conservatives. Also, impressionable young men.
A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.
Anthem is hilariously simplistic. But I can see it as a precursor to The Fountainhead.
The novel describes a world of harmony and conformity within a united totalitarian state.