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Ann Dysart Professor Merrill English 1101 29 November 2007 Rand Versus Marx: “I” Versus “We” Two heads are always better than one, right? Does this statement truly apply to today’s society? Well, Ayn Rand roots for the “one head” and Karl Marx cheers for the “two heads”, or, more like “seven hundred heads”. Rand’s “one head” represents the ideal individual, free from society, consistently and consciously pursuing the “self” and the “self” alone. Marx’s “infinite heads” describe the power-seeking and constantly developing mass of “common people”. Although these two philosophers share some similar ideas, most of their claims relating to subjectivity and its true meaning generally oppose each other. Both Ayn Rand and Karl Marx see the individual—the focus of subjectivity—as something that can be altered and/or improved. Rand believes that the individual reaches its greatest potential when he/she discovers the “I”; she considers this a transformation, as well as an improvement. Rand depicts such an epiphany in her novel Anthem , when the main character, Equality 7-2521 finally understands the true importance of the word “I” and states, “This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning” (94). Similarly, Marx claims that individuals can change their lives or social status for the better by forming groups to resist the higher power. Specifically, Marx refers to the Proletariat progressing to overcome the restrictions and boundaries placed upon them by the Bourgeois in his piece, The
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Communist Manifesto : “We have seen the above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle
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