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Ayn Rand: Life & Words
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This book is an anthology of 154 quotes from Ayn Rand and 71 facts about Ayn Rand. Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905, to a Russian Jewish bourgeois family living in... More > Saint Petersburg. Ayn Rand began writing screenplays at the age of eight and novels at the age of ten. Between Ayn Rand and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan existed long-time friendship. A“collective” mind does not exist. It is merely the sum of endless numbers of individual minds. If we have an endless number of individual minds who are weak, meek, submissive and impotent – who renounce their creative supremacy for the sake of the “whole” and accept humbly that the “whole’s” verdict – we don’t get a collective super-brain. We get only the weak, meek, submissive and impotent collective mind. A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.< Less
Ayn Rand: Her Words
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"A person who exists only for the sake of his loved one is not an independent entity, but a spiritual parasite. The love of a parasite is worth nothing." Alisa Rosenbaum was born in St.... More > Petersburg before revolution. In 1926 she immigrated to America. On arrival here, she changed her name into Ayn Rand and started a new philosophy recognized as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds. In her famous novel Atlas Shrugged (1957) Rand describes a group who attempt to escape America's scheme of mediocrity. Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand's vocal support for the free market has earned her a distinct spot among philosophers. This book is a collection of the fundamental quotes and aphorisms of Ayn Rand. It grants her reflections on subjects ranging from freedom and love to man and life. The well researched and edited compilation of phrases provides approaching into the way of thinking of Ayn Rand.< Less
Ayn Rand and Objectivism
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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
American Philosophers Series: Ayn Rand
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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
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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" is punishable by death). The characters: Equality 7-2521 is described as "six feet tall, 21 year old male". According to The New Ayn Rand Companion, Equality 7-2521 experiments with electricity to become a literal and figurative bringer of light, similar to Prometheus. He is named "The Unconquered" by Liberty 5-3000, and also named himself Prometheus. Liberty 5-3000 is the love interest of Equality 7-2521. She is described as being "brave and single-minded.< Less
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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
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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
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