“Bringing Ayn Rand’s Anthem into my curriculum is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I believe my students should read Anthem since all of Rand’s philosophy is right there, and the ideas in the book are so powerful.”—Maria Asvos, English teacher in the Chicago area [ Bit.ly Link ]
Ninety-one years ago today, Ayn Rand boarded a ship in Le Havre, France, and embarked on a nine-day journey to the United States. She arrived in Manhattan on February 19. She didn’t know at the time that she would never return to Russia.
This is a picture of the SS De Grasse, the ship that brought Rand to America, and of her ticket stub, which displays her birth name.
Ayn Rand holds that a social climber’s ambition to gain “prestige” or a demagogue’s ambition to wield political power are fundamentally different in motive from a creative individual’s ambition to create values. A creator’s primary focus is not his standing relative to others, but his own work done his own way—his own achievement relative to his own goals and standards.
"A bureaucrat’s success depends on his political pull. A businessman cannot force you to buy his product; if he makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences; if he fails, he takes the loss. A bureaucrat forces you to obey his decisions, whether you agree with him or not—and the more advanced the stage of a country’s statism, the wider and more discretionary the powers wielded by a bureaucrat.... View details ⇨