A collection of essays about Ayn Rand and the world from an Objectivist perspective. Topics include Ayn Rand, Objectivism, fuel for the soul in Atlas Shrugged, free will and determinism, skepticism,... More > government and anarchy, values and virtues, fascism, war, guns, intellectual property, reviews of books about Rand and Objectivism, and other issues of interest.< Less
Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936.
After two initially... More > unsuccessful early novels, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward she turned to nonfiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.< Less
Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and... More > socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the use of the word "I" or "Ego" is punishable by death). The main character Equality 7-2521, writing in a tunnel under the earth, later revealed to be an ancient subway tunnel, explains his background, the society around him, and his emigration. His exclusive use of plural pronouns ("we", "our", "they") to refer to himself and others tells a tale of complete socialization and governmental control. The idea of the World Council was to eliminate all individualist ideas. He is eager to think and question, and unwilling to give up himself for others, which violates the principles upon which Anthem's society is founded.< Less
Anthem is a dystopic science fiction story taking place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking... More > and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur, if at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word “I” has disappeared from the language). As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the “socialist/communal” values of equality and brotherhood and the “productive/capitalist” values of achievement and individuality. The story also parallels Stalinist Russia, which was currently going on at the time as the story was published.< Less
The story of Anthem takes place in some unspecified future time and place in which freedom and individual rights have been obliterated. Collectivism — the political philosophy holding that an... More > individual exists solely to serve the state — is dominant and has led to the establishment of a global dictatorship of the Fascist or Communist variety.< Less
A completely new approach to the ethics of Ayn Rand! "Ayn Rand deserves to be taken seriously, and she deserves to be seriously refuted", argues author Levi Asher, who offers to take on any... More > Objectivist believers on purely logical grounds and prove that Ayn Rand was a flawed, if fascinating, philosopher. An essential study of one of the most influential and relevant thinkers of our time.< Less
The For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand Study Guide contains a comprehensive summary and analysis of For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Ayn Rand. It includes a... More > detailed Plot Summary, Chapter Summaries & Analysis, Character Descriptions, Objects/Places, Themes, Styles, Quotes, and Topics for Discussion on For the New Intellectual; the Philosophy of Ayn Rand.< Less