Anthemfilm

Ayn Rands kortroman Anthem (Hymn) publicerades första gången i England 1938, och i nyutgåva i USA 1946 med förord av Rand. Den skildrar en framtida totalitär stat. Vetenskap och teknologi har utplånats, då kollektivismen har bekämpat individens eget tänkande och jaguppfattning och omintetgjort förutsättningarna för den enskildes tänkande att bära frukt. I förordet skrev Rand:

”The greatest guilt today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one’s eyes shut. They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: ”But I didn’t mean this!””

En grupp av personer med erfarenhet från film och teater har lanserat ett projekt att filmatisera denna poetiska roman. Som ett led i marknadsföringen av detta projekt för att hitta finansiärer har man gjort två filmklipp för att visa hur man tänkt sig att filmen skulle kunna bli, vilket verkar lovande:

 

”I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire. For in the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Let each man keep his temple untouched and undefiled. Then let him join hands with others if he wishes, but only beyond his holy threshold.”[…]

”At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings. But he broke their chains. He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains. He declared to all his brothers that a man has rights which neither god nor king nor other men can take away from him, no matter their number, for his is the right of man, and there is no right on earth above this right.” 

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