Unformatted text preview: The collectivism of this society explains why Equality 7-2521 is not permitted to think. If the individual must serve an all-powerful state, then it requires obedience from him. Collectivism values a blind, unquestioning allegiance — a willingness to follow orders unthinkingly. The Councils are in no danger from the mindless brutes of a society, whose strong backs are harnessed for manual labor. The Councils must fear only one foe: the freethinking mind. Equality 7-2521 represents a danger to them for he has the brainpower to question the moral rectitude of their regime — and the courage to stand by his convictions, even though his life is in danger. Ayn Rand suggests that the reason dictators of all kinds — Fascist, Communist, or religious — always prohibit freedom of speech and of the press is that they are expressions of a deeper freedom...
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- Fall '08
- Anthem (Book), mind. Equality