But the mind must be left free to think and to act on its findings

But the mind must be left free to think and to act on its findings

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But the mind must be left free to think and to act on its findings, which is the deepest principle lying  at the heart of this story. In a free society, an original thinker like Equality 7-2521 is free to  experiment and research, to invent and innovate, and to make scientific breakthroughs and  technological advances. This concept is why the world's freest countries have made so many  discoveries and have achieved such a high standard of living. Science and progress require  intellectual freedom. A totalitarian state stifles the freedom of mind that such progress depends on. A  worldwide totalitarian state, as depicted in  Anthem , leaves the mind with no refuge. Thinkers like  Equality 7-2521 have no place to go. They are trapped in a system that stifles freethinking. Rand  argues that a society in which the mind is stifled will not merely fail to progress, it will regress, losing  all the advances that .freer men have achieved, just as accomplishments of ancient Greek society  were lost in the Dark Ages. In defending the freedom of the mind as a necessity of human survival and prosperity, 
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