The Overmanwarrior Film Festival: Short films dedicated to Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem’

One of the reasons I have not been to a film festival since 2009 is because of my political stances.  Due to the initiation of the school levy fights and other issues it has become difficult to have cordial relationships with other creative people attracted to the entertainment industry.  When hard lines are taken like the ones I have, it makes friendly lunch meetings with industry professionals impossible, because small talk is out of the window.  And I knew this ahead of time.  The work here at Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom is a project of journeying down the rabbit hole of American philosophy where most everybody else is uncomfortable.  The result is that I haven’t been to a film festival in a while because the film makers I most appreciate are not being featured.  However, that does not mean that such independent efforts are not happening.  Creative artistic expression is in fact thriving because of the freedom afforded by the internet—as calculated, and voices of Objectivism are making themselves heard in the infant stages of a new movement that will only grow over the next 30 years.  Below are three summaries/scenes from the Ayn Rand classic Anthem which is a short book that can be read entirely over a long breakfast—but is infinitely powerful in it’s articulation of the present human condition.  Please do enjoy these three films shown below, and watch them completely.  If you have not read Anthem the films will be entertaining.  If you have, you will instantly understand them.  The visual presentation is the kind of things that are typically shown at film festivals, and thanks to YouTube, the need for film festivals has been reduced as projects like these Anthem tributes can now be shared without the usual network controls.  A few years ago, there was simply no way the public would have a chance to see films like these, because no festival and no network of any kind would show them, particularly the IFC, or Sundance Channels on cable television.  So film makers didn’t go to the trouble of making these kinds of short films.  But thanks to new media, filmmakers are beginning to attempt these types of projects, which make our culture much “richer” for it.

In the story of Anthem the word “I” has been eradicated from civilization.  Collectivism is so rampant that all personal references such as the word, “I” have been removed from the vocabulary.  The story is about the lead character rediscovering that word first through his attraction to a woman, then by rediscovering the light bulb, then understanding that only he can bring civilization back from the brink of destruction by starting over on his own.  But before he can do this, he must overcome the personal crises of learning what “I” means.  His hero journey is this discovery and is the point of the book which is extremely powerful.

I can see how people would have trouble with the novel Anthem.  Most can’t understand how human civilization can unlearn all that it has learned.  However, if my article about The Nothing is referenced, it is easy to see that our current society is receding.  We are going backwards intellectually and this is due to our media culture and public education systems.  We are less intellectual in 2013 than we were in 1776 even with all the education that is available to us—and that is obvious when the writing of the period is compared to the writing of the modern period.  The intellectual capacity is obvious as over-specialization has permeated our society with intellectual paralysis forcing collectivism to support the specialization tendencies.  This is not having a positive trend economically, or intellectually—but is taking mankind in the opposite direction.

I first grappled with this tendency several years ago well before I ever read an Ayn Rand novel.  Two literary achievements started my mind down this rabbit hole of destruction.  The first was the Robert Jordan series titled The Wheel of Time.   That series of books is massive, each book consisting of more than 700 pages and there are 14 books in the whole body of work.  At first I thought I was reading a kind of Lord of the Rings type of achievement because the characters are using magic and riding around on horses.  It takes a long time to get from one village to another and people live in a society where there isn’t even plumbing.  So I imagined that the society depicted in The Wheel of Time books was one that took place in something like a 13th century European setting—like Lord of the Rings.  However, as the story becomes more advanced it is learned that the relics of an ancient civilization begin to be uncovered and studied.  That ancient civilization turns out to be our own time in the distant future where technologies that have not yet been invented are present—but somehow knowledge to that society had been completely lost.

The other book I read was Forbidden Archeology, which I have spoken about before.  This is a fantastic book that chronicles the massive collection of archeological and anthropological evidence that has been ignored by current universities due to “academic collectivism.”  As proven in Forbidden Archeology universities are guilty of molding our understanding of the past due to the collective efforts of previous colleagues.  Anything that falls outside of that collective understanding is ignored.  My first reaction to this very big book was………..NO WAY.  CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW.  That would be impossible.  There is too much written and known for such an open censorship of knowledge to occur.  But then I learned how education works up close and personal with my fights against higher taxes and saw first hand how educators lie to themselves all the time and ignore evidence even when it is obvious to the rest of the world.

When I put on WLW radio the argument that tax increase were driven purely by greedy unions and high salary expectations I wanted to make the problem widely known to see how the schools reacted, so I could prove the theories presented in Forbidden Archeology.  Of course the results have been well documented at this site much to my own anger, because I didn’t want to believe that “academic collectivism” was such a destructive force in our current world.  Now, it is quite clear—our current society is actually regressing, and if left alone for another 200 or 300 years, we could easily become the kind of society that was depicted in Ayn Rand’s Anthem.

When Robert Jordan wrote his Wheel of Time series, the society in the story has recently went full circle—it had risen to a technological height then fallen back into the realm of a primitive and his protagonists are struggling to re-emerge to an age of intellectualism and invention.  In Ayn Rand’s Anthem the hero takes the girl of his choice to the mountains to re-invent society again from the collapse of the previous one that occurred so slowly that nobody even noticed the regression, because the regression took place over a period of hundreds of years.  To measure that regression just examine American history where in the year 1776 there was a declaration for the human race to be free of collectivism so typical in Europe.   The early Americans functioned for a few hundred years without the direct influence of a king, yet had the values they learned from an educated society and for the first time in history produced people like Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson who could function without fear of being beheaded for flying a kite with a key tied to it.  But it didn’t last long.  Europeans continued to move to America and settle on the East Coast bringing little bits of Europe with them, and the regression began.  Now just over 200 years later, the regression of our society is measurable—it can be seen easily that the wisest among our current society can’t hold a candle to the wisest of early American society.  Another two hundred years of such a regression could easily produce a society that is seen in the film clips above—without question.

At the last film festival I attended in 2009 I was beginning to grapple with this problem of “academic collectivism” which was very present in film, especially independent films.  Many of the themes discussed dealt with lower chakra topics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra) of the primary animal instincts, sex, food, and making money—and I had lost interest.  It hit me like a ton of bricks while dining at a Lakewood restaurant.  My resolution after that meeting, and last film festival was to start this site so to stop the trend toward human destruction through “academic collectivism.”  On my way down the rabbit hole, it started with school funding to prove the tendency of “academic collectivism” then to challenge the public acceptance of that trend so to prevent a society like the one seen in Anthem.  “Academic collectivism” was already in the process of suppressing Ayn Rand after her work had achieved so much in the 40s, 50s and 60s, only to be gradually squeezed out of American culture slowly by the 70s and 80s, and modern art through the same methods had been hard at work focusing mankind on the lower centers of thought and selling it as if it were a revelation.  But the reality is that we are all on a Wheel of Time where all this has happened before, and will happen again if the trend downward is not stopped.  That is the fight of our day, and if addressing that trend causes blacklisting—then so be it.  Yet even with the blacklisting that goes on, we must be thankful that like 1776 the human race is currently undergoing a second revolution of freedom provided by the internet, where communication can bypass all control mechanisms of the old guard dedicated to academic collectivism.  As a recent article of mine recently explored, the statues of Easter Island were just discovered to have had full bodies under the ground, and for years academics had traveled to different conclusions falsely.  CLICK HERE TO REVIEW.  Because of the internet, the story broke, and academics are being forced to amend their previous conclusions about the origin of Easter Island which appears to be much more advanced than a bunch of cannibals living on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Like the characters of Anthem, the cultures of the Pacific Ocean who were moving giant rocks with mysterious methods and building roads on the bottom of the ocean hint at a world that was more advanced than our present one, but has long been suppressed by academic collectivism by a few minds who dare question that reality.  In that context, it is not so extraordinary to comprehend that the main character of Anthem had an extraordinary journey in the book all because he re-discovered the light bulb—something we take for granted today and see happening every day on the nightly news.

Rich Hoffman

“If they attack first………..blast em’!”

www.tailofthedragonbook.com

1 Comment

  1. Growing up in a city that is over 2000 years old helps add perspective to what you just wrote. Canterbury was founded as a Roman City, and flourished with many grand technologies for a few hundred years. It then fell into disrepair and was all but abandoned. A few hundred years later missionaries started a church, and civilization began to take root again in the town, but not for a thousand years did it return to the same technologies that the Romans once used. Only now does Canterbury rival the technologies that it started off with 2000 years ago. Collectivism is a disease that roots away society from the inside out. Only the individual can create technologies that make a society flourish. Only I can make the world a better place for myself. Only individuals like you and I can make a difference, by having the courage to stand on principle and point out the flaws of the progressive parasites.

    Oh and I have missed our film festival adventures.

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