Some people live in a perpetual fear, a paranoia, of an imagined dystopia. Our country is imagined as such, in part, because of the consumption of dated fictional works attributed to a writer like Ayn Rand, an apparent hero of presidential candidate Ron Paul. Not only does he hold views of a dystopian society, but the impact of the author Rand is so great on his psyche, that he named his own son, Rand.
Works like Ayn Rand’s Anthem are based on a fictional society operating on collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. These ideas tie into the accusations and attacks on our current president who is feared, or just simply slandered and accused, of being an overall communist and a Nazi.
Anthem’s characters “Equality” and “Liberty” are personifications of the ideals interpreted as libertarianism. This certainly explains Ron Paul’s fickle position of being a “Libertarian.” These terms have become so loosely thrown around nowadays, regurgitated, and copied ad verbatim by masses of people.
The parallels between the inceptions, conceptions and or gestation periods of Ayn Rand’s Anthem (1937) and the birth of Ron Paul (1935) are the start of this movement with mass delusions of a dystopia, one that the son Rand is expected to carry on.