All Men are created equal… What does that mean? In the Declaration everyone is equal at birth. That equality isn’t necessarily guaranteed for the rest of their lives, but Jefferson says that, “They are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Even though all men might not be equal in every sense they are all insured those basic rights. Those basic rights create the wavering balance of equality in a society. In the Declaration equality is a right, as in the Anthem.
In Anthem equality is expressed through collectivism.
“We are one in all and all in one. There are no men but the great WE, One, indivisible and forever” (Rand 19). Because they are considered as one person instead of individuals, no one person can prosper over the others. That ensures that every man is born equal and will die equal. This also takes away from the unalienable rights in the Declaration. Because the government in Anthem wants everyone to be equal for life, no one gets to choose what their life will entail. From the moment they are born, to mating, and to death, the government controls every aspect of their lives. “The will of our brothers has been done” (Rand 25). They live in a brotherhood where every man works towards the good of everyone. No one man has more or greater than his neighbor.