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Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 13
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2: The Utopia of Greed
Pages 752-815 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 699-758 in the smaller Mass Market Paperback

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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.

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

Part 3, Chapter 2: The Utopia of Greed
Section 1 (752-761)
– Why does John Galt not want to hear what Ragnar Danneskjöld has to say about
Hank Rearden? (756-7)
– What kind of lesson does Ragnar seek to teach the world by his piracy?
Given the risks, is he sacrificing himself for the cause? Why do the other
strikers disapprove?  Who is right? (757-8)
0 Why does Dagny want to earn her keep as Galt’s cook and maid?  What does the
work — and the wages in gold — mean to her?  (760-1)

Section 2 (761-769)
– What does Dagny’s apparent death mean to the outside world, and to Hank
Rearden?  What does she think and feel about that? (761-3)
– Why is communication between the valley and the outside world forbidden
during the vacation month?  Should Dagny have asked for a special exception
to tell Hank that she is safe?  Why doesn’t she do so? (763-4, 769)
– Why did Francisco go on strike?  How was Dagny the final argument for doing
so, even though that meant giving her up?  Are his reasons selfish or
selfless? (765-7)
– Why does Francisco accept Dagny’s taking Hank as a lover?  Why does he say
that she still loves him?  In what way does she love him?  (767-8)

Section 3 (769-781)
– Why and how will Francisco be richer producing one pound of copper in the
valley than in producing tons of copper in the outside world?  What does that
say about the value of production and wealth?  (771)
– Why is Dagny agitated over John Galt’s routine absences from home in the
evening?  Of her two worries, which is more severe — and why? (773)
– Why do Dagny and Galt feel such strong sexual desire for each other — yet
refrain from consummating it?  Would it be wrong at this point — and if so,
why? (775-81)

Section 4 (781-791)
– How and why does Richard Halley have more in common with the businessmen in
the valley than with the artists in the outside world?  What is the
commonality between art and business? (782-4)
– What is the attitude of the mother toward the raising of her children?  How
does it differ from the mothers in the outside world?  (784-5)
– How are Dr. Akston’s three pupils — John, Ragnar, and Francisco — both
normal men and exceptional? (786) What were the critical points about their
education?  (786-90)
– How does Dr. Akston explain the roots of Dr. Stadler’s moral decay?  What
choices did Stadler face?  Where did he choose wrongly?  Why is Stadler the
most guilty?  How has he made the world in his own image? (789-91)

Section 5 (791-802)
– Why is Dagny so excited by Francisco’s mine?  Why does that excitement
collapse?  (791-4)
– Why did Galt give Francisco a chance with Dagny when she went to the cabin
at Woodstock?  Why won’t he do so later, in the valley?  (795-7)
– Why does Francisco want Dagny to stay with him for the week?  Why does Dagny
want Galt to decide?  What is the significance of his decision?  What would
have been the consequences for Dagny, Galt, and Francisco if Galt decided
other than he did?  How would that act of self-sacrifice have been faking
reality?  (796-8)
– How does Dagny react to Hank Rearden’s plane? Why does she react that way?
– What is Dagny’s basic conflict about whether to stay in the valley or not?

Section 6 (802-813)
– Why does Dagny choose to return to the world?  What does she still have left
to learn?  (806-7, 811-2)
– How does Francisco react to learning about Galt and Dagny’s feelings for
each other?  Why?  (809-10)
– Why is John Galt going back to the world?  Is he right to do so?  (809-13)

Section 7 (813-815)
– How does Dagny feel about returning to the world? (813-5)

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

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