Archive for August, 2012

SAT Sept – 15 Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand’s Ideas

WHEN:
SATURDAY, September 15, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand’s Ideas
Audio of Ryan’s remarks at an Atlas Society Event in 2005
20 minutes

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
From The Atlas Society April 30, 2012
http://www.atlassociety.org/ele/blog/2012/04/30/paul-ryan-and-ayn-rands-ideas-hot-seat-again
From the New York Times August 14, 2012
Atlas Spurned by Jennifer Burns

DESCRIPTION:
In the audio, Ryan speaks for about 8 minutes on Rand’s ideas and “personalizing” social security.  He then answers questions.  We will break with our tradition of NOT discussing politics to consider Ryan since he appears to be influenced by Rand.  What should Objectivists think of Ryan?

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TUE Sept 4 – The Fountainhead Session 8

WHEN:
TUESDAY, September 4, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Fountainhead Session 8
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012.

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
The Fountainhead, Part 2, Chapters 10, 11, & 12
Pages 315-367 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 327-379 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 299-349 in the Signet paperback

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: by John Kannarr
The Fountainhead

Part II – Ellsworth M. Toohey

Chapter X [pp. 327-340 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 299-312 Signet paperback]

1. What is it about the Enright House that makes some people call it a freak? What is the characteristic motive driving the person who writes to Toohey about the building? [328;301]

2. Rand describes Roark’s relationship to his employees, his benevolence in response to their competence, as recognition. How is this different from the way his relationship to other people has been described elsewhere in the story? Why does one person describe it as “not human”? [329;301-302]

3. Has Dominique and Roark’s relationship changed? How so? What key aspects does Roark reveal in his actions and words, both about the relationship and about his own character? [329-331;302-303]

4. Kent Lansing seems to be Roark’s “kind of man,” yet he also seems to be able to deal with committees and groups of men, while Roark can’t. What is the difference between them that explains this? [331-333;303-306]

5. Why is Dominique happy that Roark has succeeded in getting the Aquitania job, yet continue to cooperate with Toohey in her battle to defeat Roark? [333-335;306-307]

6. How does Hopton Stoddard solve the flaw in Pascal’s wager? (Hint: How does he “play safe”?) [335-339;307-311]

7. Why does Dominique not rebel against Toohey’s latest plan against Roark using Hopton Stoddard? Shouldn’t she realize that pushing a client whom she knows to be hopelessly conventional toward Roark is something of an order much more cynical and villainous than Toohey’s past approach? [339;311]

8. How well does Toohey understand Roark? Does he perhaps understand things about Roark that Roark has not even realized before? What is the evidence for this? [339-340;311-312]

Chapter XI [pp. 341-359 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 312-330 Signet paperback]

9. What does Toohey reveal when he tells Keating that he likes to see him that way? Is there a double or hidden meaning in that statement? Is Keating is proud of his achievement? Is Keating happy? [341;312-313]

10. Has Toohey succeeded with Keating according to his usual goals with other people? What are those goals? [341-343;312-315]

11. What is it that Roark gives Mallory that no one else does? Why does Mallory tell Roark that he wishes he had met him before Roark needed him for a sculpting job? [347-351;318-323]

12. What terrible type of men does Mallory refer to? What does he say is even worse? What does he say is his ultimate horror? What do these observations and revelations tell us about him? [351-353;323-324]

13. If, as Dominique tells Keating, she doesn’t like Roark as a person, how does she like him, or if not like, what would describe her view of him? Is she being dishonest with Keating now, as she seemingly has been with Toohey and others about Roark? [354;325]

14. How can Toohey say that he hasn’t the faintest idea why Mallory would want to kill him, but then say that he thinks Roark knows, or should know? [354-355;325-326]

15. How effective are these passages at the end of this chapter? It seems we have the calm before the storm, and then the first crack in the edifice with the financial breakup of the Aquitania Hotel. Are the characters too complacent? Is this just Rand’s literary build-up to the next crisis in Roark’s career? Toohey seems to have nothing to do with the Aquitania disaster. Is there a significant message in that? [355-359;326-330]

Chapter XII [pp. 360-379 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 330-349 Signet paperback]
16. Why does Toohey say that genius “is not a weapon, but a great liability”? Is it? If so, in what way, and against whom or what? [366-368;337-338]

17. What logical fallacies are involved in Toohey’s description of the difficulty of “fighting a dead issue”? Is the senseless Toohey’s ally? With what sort of people? How does this relate to Mallory’s “drooling beast”? [368;338]

18. In Toohey’s little speech to Dominique, we see a foreshadowing of crucial ideas later expanded upon by Rand in Atlas Shrugged. What are they? [368-370;338-340]

19. Why, after everything that has happened, what Toohey has told her, and what both Toohey and she have done, does Dominique still agree to testify in Hopton Stoddard’s suit against Roark? [370;340]

20. Why could the crowd at the trial have forgiven Roark anything but the fact that he seemed untouched by their sneers? What does that say about them? [370-371;340-341]

21. The entire plaintiff’s case against Roark is based on the fact that the Temple Roark built did not conform to conventional expectations and standards. Why is that important to the story? [370-372;340-342]

22. Why doesn’t Keating volunteer the Cosmo-Slotnick Building as among buildings he had designed? Is his testimony primarily about Roark, or self-justification? How so? [372-374;342-345]

23. Does any of the testimony of Keating, Ralston Holcombe, or Gordon Prescott about what’s supposedly wrong with Roark’s Temple make any sense at all? Is any of it comprehensible to the people at the trial? If so, whose, and under what premise? [375-376;345-346]

24. Is Dominique casting a few pearls of her own in her testimony? How effectively does she answer Toohey’s testimony? Does her testimony support Toohey’s thesis of why great men are threatening to mediocre men? [376-379;346-349]

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SAT Aug 18 – Games Hunger and Olympic

WHEN:
SATURDAY, August 18, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Games as in The Hunger Games, The Olympic Games, and
Objectivism’s View of Games in General

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Book or Movie

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Just a few for you to ponder for now.
1. Are games only for children?
2. Is business a game?  Consider Atlas Shrugged.
3. Are there any Objectivist ideas in the story of The Hunger Games?
4. What are your views on the Olympic Games?

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