Archive for November, 2012

SAT Dec 15 – Solstice Party and Gift Exchange

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton are hosting the annual Arizona Objectivists’ Solstice Party at their home on  Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 6 PM.  Note earlier start time.

DINNER:
The traditional Pizza ordered out for $5 per person. There will also be holiday sweets for dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. If  you have special dietary needs or would prefer an alcoholic beverage, please feel free to bring what you require or desire, for yourself or to share.

GIFT EXCHANGE:
We will play a present guessing game to sharpen our logical reasoning skills and get to know each other better. Please bring a wrapped gift worth $20 or more which represents something about yourself (but of course should be an object that someone else might like). Before entering, place the gift  in a brown paper bag (at the door) and then give it to Lyman to be put in the guest room. After dinner, we will draw numbers and begin the present selection and analysis. Each gift will be opened, written down on your list and analyzed.  Once all gifts are opened, you must finalize your guess at who gave each gift.  Starting with the
first gift,  the real giver reveals himself/herself and explains the gift selection.  Why, for example, he gave the CD and a potato perched on a styrofoam couch. The person who gets the most correct gets an additional gift from Jackie.  Ayn Rand’s Collective  played this type of game at Christmas time. If you prefer not to bring a gift, you can forego participation in the exchange but may still assist in the guessing.

TOPIC:
Solstice Party & Gift Exchange

WHEN:
SATURDAY, December 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

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

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-51603281

BRING:
A $5 contribution for pizza and a wrapped gift worth $20 or more. In previous years gifts included books, food, CD’s, alcohol, DVD’s, tools, candy, gift baskets.

Hope you can join us.

Happy Holidays!

TUE Dec 4 – The Fountainhead Session 10

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

TOPIC:
The Fountainhead Session 10
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 3, Chapters 1, 2, & 3
Pages 405-459 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 417-473 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 383-435 in the Signet paperback

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: by John Kannarr
The Fountainhead

Part III – Gail Wynand

Chapter I [pp. 417-446 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 383-411 Signet paperback]

1. What is Wynand feeling as he contemplates suicide? Do we know why that is so? [417-427,442-443;383-392,408]

2. How would you describe Wynand’s management style at The Banner? Does it achieve his purposes? [418-422;385-390]

3. What attitude toward his fellow men did Wynand learn at an early age? Was it justified by his experience? [427-429;392-395]

4. When the woman he is currently sleeping with asks Wynand the meaning of the name of his yacht, he refuses to tell her, but we soon learn the personal meaning it has for him. What does the name and the meaning tell us about Wynand’s motivation? [425-432;390-398]

5. Why does Wynand pursue his assault on men of presumed integrity? Is he sincere in his proclamation that men of integrity don’t exist? Is this an attempt at self-justification? [439-443;404-408]

6. Why doesn’t Wynand attempt to “corrupt” Toohey? Is it because he understands Toohey all too well? Is it that he believes Toohey is incorruptible, or already thoroughly corrupt? Is there any similarity between his ignoring Toohey and Toohey’s publicly ignoring Roark? [422-424,442;388-390,408]

Some thoughts from Stephen Hicks:

“Wynand is thus a compromise character: In dealing with the external social world, he plays brilliantly the mutually-corrupting power-struggle game; but in his internal private life, he is committed to independence and integrity.

“He is like Keating when at The Banner but like Roark when in his art gallery or on his yacht.

“He is Roarkian in his ability to visual[ize] the end: doing things his own way according to his own highest independent standards. But he is Keating-esque in his judgment of the means necessary to achieve his ends: corrupting others and selling oneself in a base world to get power.”

Source: http://www.stephenhicks.org/2010/02/22/gail-wynands-power-strategy-1/

Chapter II [pp. 447-461 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 411-425 Signet paperback]

7. How does Peter Keating like having a Stepford wife (well, almost a Stepford wife)? [447-454;411-417]

8. Who knew that Rand would be naming twenty-first century TV shows? [453;416]

9. Dominque says she wants very much to “follow any idea” Peter gets all by himself. Is she sincere? What are the chances of that happening? [453-454;416-417]

10. What is it that bothers Peter about the way she describes the way he thinks about things? Would he rather she put things in a less “involved” way? Why? [449-454;412-417]

11. Peter almost has an epiphany about himself, in what he observes about Dominique’s behavior during their marriage. What is it? What stops him from recognizing it, and acting upon it? [453-457;417-420]

12. Maybe Obama read Fountainhead, too, or was he just channeling Lois Cook (“…that’s no achievement of yours…”)? Was it just Atlas that was prophetic about this administration? [457-458;421-422]

13. Why is Toohey only fifty percent satisfied with the way Peter’s marriage to Dominique has turned out? [460-461;424]

14. What does Toohey think that introducing Dominique to Wynand, and getting her to sleep with him, will achieve? Why does he want that? [461;424-425]

Chapter III [pp. 462-473 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 425-435 Signet paperback]

15. What does Wynand mean when he says, “As a rule seeing the models of art works tends to make one atheistic. But this time it’s a close one between that sculptor and God”? [462;425]

16. Dominique keeps surprising Gail Wynand with her responses to his commenst and questions. Why is he so surprised? [462-468;425-431]

17. What does Dominique mean when she says that she intended to ask Wynand if he didn’t know better than to attempt sincerity on the Banner? Why would she have said that to him? [465;428]

18. Is it “extremely cruel to be honest” as Wynand says to Keating? Or is it cruel just to certain types of people? Is Keating ever cruel in that way? [468-472;431-434]

19. What does Wynand say that Keating is an expert at? Does it aptly describe Keating? [466-467,471-472;429-430,434]

20. What does Wynand mean when he says he has paid with his own honor for the privilege of observing how honor operates in other men? [472;434]

WHERE:

Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

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

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-516-3281

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

SAT Nov 17 – From Dictatorship to Democracy

WHEN:
SATURDAY, November 17, 2012 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
From Dictatorship to Democracy paperback by Gene Sharp
Video of Bruce Bueno de Mesquita speaking on Iran’s Future

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
It is not necessary to read the book to attend but you are encouraged to do so.  Jackie will summarize the book and lead the discussion.

The New York Times had this to say:
‘Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood.  His name is Gene Sharp.  Stoop-shouldered and white-haired at eighty-three, he grows orchids, has yet to master the Internet and hardly seems like a dangerous man.

Few Americans have heard of Dr. Sharp.  But for decades, his practical writings on non-violent revolution – most notably From Dictatorship to Democracy, a guide to toppling autocrats, available in more than thirty languages – have inspired dissidents around the world, including in Burma, Bosnia, Estonia, and Zimbabwe, and now in Tunisia and Egypt.

When Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement was struggling to recover from a failed effort in 2005, its leaders tossed around ‘crazy ideas’ about bringing down the government, said Ahmed Maher, a leading strategist.  They stumbled on Dr. Sharp while examining the Serbian movement Otpor, which he had influenced.

Dr. Sharp, hard-nosed yet exceedingly shy, is careful not to take credit.  He is more thinker than revolutionary.  While seeing the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak as a sign of “encouragement,” Dr. Sharp said, “The people of Egypt did that – not me.”

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

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

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-516-3281

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