Friday, January 1, 2016

Difference between Orwell’s 1984 and Ayn Rand’s Anthem

Leonard Peikoff on the political & philosophical difference between Orwell’s 1984 and Ayn Rand’s Anthem:

“Ayn Rand is more realistic than the panicky anti-communists of the Cold War era, who trembled before the alleged practicality of the dictatorship. The best symbol of this issue is the contrast between the two projections of a collectivist future: George Orwell’s 1984 vs. Ayn Rand’s Anthem (which was published more than a decade earlier, in 1938). Orwell regards freedom as a luxury; he believes that one can wipe out every vestige of free thought, yet still maintain an industrial civilisation. Whose mind is to maintain it? Blank out. Anthem, by contrast, shows us “social cogs” who have retrogressed, both socially and materially, to the condition of primitives. When men lose the freedom to think, Ayn Rand understands, they lose the prods of thought as well.”

~ (Source— ‘Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand’ by Leonard Peikoff - Essay on Government, Page-362)

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