These study notes help prove the theory of collectivism throughout the novella Anthem.

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Foreword journal entries



Pg. Xvi- "They must face it, then decided whether this is what they want or not." This quote shows that they have the power to choose what they want to do and what they want to become of themselves.


ØHow does Ayn Rand feel about collectivism? Be specific about her views.

She does not accept the theory of collectivism. In the first version of Anthem, she did not preach the ideals of collectivism. She says that the people who accept the theory today agree to it because of moral default. These people are the people who seek protection by taking a stand, the people who support plans that are designed to achieve selfdom, the people who hide behind the assertion that they are freedom lovers, the people who believe ideas should be examined, the people who believe that ideas do not have to be designed, and the people who believe that facts can be eliminated by keeping your eyes shut.

They are the people who believe they can escape reality by saying "I didn't mean this," and the people that refuse to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting.

ØWhat laws that we have today do you think Rand would agree with and which would she oppose?

I think that Rand agree with equal opportunity and freedom. I also think she would support the first amendment that says

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress or grievances."

I also believe that Rand would generally support all laws that maintain ideas about freedom, equality, and...