Archive for February, 2010

TUES Mar 2 - Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 3

WHEN:
TUESDAY, March 2, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 3
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

READINGS:
Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapters 6-7 (Part A)
Part 1: Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial
Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 1-4)
Or:
Pages 127-185 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 124-178 in the smaller Mass Market Paperback

AUTHOR:
http://www.exploreaynrand.com/1957/
These discussion questions and podcast were prepared by Diana Hsieh for
ExploreAtlasShrugged.com for people interested in creating their own Atlas
Shrugged Reading Groups, as well as for anyone wishing to study the novel in
more depth. They may be freely used for the study and discussion of Atlas
Shrugged, provided that this paragraph remains intact in any reproduction.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
The listed page numbers are for the larger edition, softcover or hardback.

Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial
Section 1 (127-57)
- Why does Rearden find it difficult to motivate himself to play his role in
the anniversary party?  What is the nature and source of his psychological
conflict?  (127-31)
- What is the Equalization of Opportunity Bill?  What is its analog in today’s
laws?  Why do people support it?  What is Rearden’s attitude toward it — and
why? (130)
- How does Hank respond to Dagny at the anniversary party?  Why is Dagny
disappointed?  Why does he respond the way that he does?  (137-8, 149-51)
- Why is Rearden so angry at the presence of Bertram Scudder?  Why does
Lillian respond the way that she does to his anger?  Why did she invite
Scudder?  (139)
- How does Francisco explain the failure of the San Sebastian Mines to Jim?
What kind of moral principles did Francisco adhere to in building the mine?
Why was failure the only possible result?  (143)
- How does Hank Rearden reveal his view of the world in his conversation with
Francisco D’Anconia?  What is the difference in their basic outlooks?  What
ideas does Francisco want to arm Hank with?  (145-9)
- Why does Dagny want the bracelet of Readen Metal from Lillian?  Why does
Lillian trade it with her?  Why does Hank respond to that exchange the way
that he does?  (155-7)

Section 2 (157-61)
- What is Lillian’s view of sex?  Why does it torture Hank?  Is he right or
wrong to accept that torture?  (158-60)
- Why does Hank now find it impossible to have sex with Lillian?  What has
changed for him?  (160)

Whole Chapter
- What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Section 1: 162-72
- What kind of virtues are required for Dagny’s work on the Rio Norte Line?
Does she deserve admiration?  Why?  (162-72)
- How are the interests of all the producers in harmony, even though
competitors?  Why do they help each other?  (163, 165-6, 168-9)
- Why do Hank and Dagny think that Colorado cannot be stopped?  Are they right
or wrong?  (171)

Section 2: 172-8
- Why does Dagny refuse to debate the question “Is Rearden Metal a lethal
product of greed?” (175)

Section 3: 178-82
- What is the fundamental difference in manner between Hank Rearden and Dr.
Potter of the State Science Institute?  How is Dr. Potter like James Taggart?
Why does Rearden refuse to sell Rearden Metal?  (178-82)

Section 4: 182-5
- Why does Mr. Mowen now refuse to work with Rearden Metal?  What is his
method of dealing with contrary public opinion? (182-3)
- Why is the State Science Institute’s statement on Rearden Metal so unjust?
If Rearden Metal is good, why can’t the statement be refuted?  (183-5)

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.

SAT Feb 20 - The Sanction of the Victims

WHEN:
SATURDAY, February 20, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
The Sanction of the Victims
Video Recording of the last talk Ayn Rand delivered on November 21, 1981.
Published in The Voice Of Reason, Chapter 15, Pages 149-157 and in
The Objectivist Forum, April 1982

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DISCUSSION:
In Rand’s final public talk, she exhorts a group of businessmen to stop
apologizing, and stop supporting anti-capitalist institutions:  ”It is a
moral crime to give money to support ideas with which you disagree.  It is a
moral crime to give money to support your own destroyers.”  See how the force
of her ideas captivated an audience and drew a tumultuous response.

This is Ayn Rand’s last piece of writing.  She delivered the lecture in New
Orleans on November 21, 1981, before an audience of businessmen attending
seminars sponsored by the National Committee for Monetary Reform.  She was
planning to give it again at The Ford Hall Forum in Boston.  Leonard Peikoff
delivered it there in her stead on April 25, 1982, some six weeks after her
death.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.