Archive for March, 2013

SAT Apr 20 - I Am John Galt

WHEN:
SATURDAY, April 20, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
I Am John Galt book by Donald L. Luskin and Andrew Greta
Video “I am John Galt: The Dangerous Flight for Freedom Today”
Talk by Donald Luskin at the 2012 Atlas Summit in Washington, DC

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
It’s been both a cry in the dark and a call to arms for generations of readers of Ayn Rand’s great novels–which brilliantly portray a world like ours, a world of both great achievement and great crisis.  This book answers that question.  I Am John Galt introduces you to the real-life titans who’ve lived their lives like Rand’s fictional heroes and the malefactors who’ve lived like her fictional villains.  The chapters include:
Chapter 1 The Individualist Steve Jobs as Howard Roark
Chapter 2 The Mad Collectivist Paul Krugman as Ellsworth Toohey
Chapter 3 The Leader John Allison as John Galt
Chapter 4 The Parasite Angelo Mozilo as James Taggart
Chapter 5 The Persecuted Titan Bill Gates as Henry Rearden
Chapter 6 The Central Planner Barney Frank as Wesley Mouch
Chapter 7 The Capitalist Champion T. J. Rodgers as Francisco D’Anconia
Chapter 8 The Sellout Alan Greenspan as Robert Stadler
Chapter 9 The Economist of Liberty Milton Friedman as Hugh Akston

Please read one chapter of the person/character you are most interested in so you can share your comments with the group.

WHERE:
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TUE Apr 2 - The Fountainhead Session 14

NOTE: NEW START TIME OF 6:30!

WHEN:
TUESDAY, April 2, 2013 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Fountainhead Session 14
We are discussing Ayn Rand’s epic novel The Fountainhead in one session per month in 2012 and 2013.

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

READINGS:
The Fountainhead, Part 4, Chapters 4, 5, & 6
Pages 560-586 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 578-607 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 527-553 in the Signet paperback

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: by John Kannarr
The Fountainhead

Part IV - Howard Roark
Chapter IV [pp. 578-590 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 527-538 Signet paperback]

1. Why does Dominique think that the drawing of their proposed house is so personal, and a violation of her, of Roark, and of Wynand? Gail does not pursue the next comment by Dominique, about things like that not being a coincidence, apparently because he did not hear it clearly. What do you think his reaction would have been if he had? [;528-529]

2. How can Wynand be so naive as to think that Dominique spent all her time denouncing Roark and personally hating him at the Banner, yet posed for the statue for him and defended him at his trial, and not realize that there was more to their relationship? Is that credible as part of the story? [;529-530]

3. In meeting Roark in Wynand’s and her penthouse home, why does Dominique think that “her share of decision had ended” and that it would be Roark who “would act from now on”? How would you compare the drama of this moment to the one in Atlas Shrugged when Rearden walks in unannounced upon Francisco in Dagny’s apartment? [;530-533]

4. How do you feel about Wynand’s sense of possession? Or of Roark’s explication of possession and valuing? How important are these ideas? [;531-532]

5. Why do you think Dominique spoke to Roark about Gail liking to look at the city at night and loving the skyscrapers in the past tense?

6. When Wynand compares the way Roark dealt with the civic leaders over the March of Centuries exposition to his own dealings with them and his advertisers, is he beginning to be fully aware of his “pact with the devil” the Banner represents? Have we had any indications of such regrets before? [;535-537]

Chapter V [pp. 591-598 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 539-545 Signet paperback]

7. Why does it make things easier for Wynand to think of Roark? Why does it also hurt him, and why is that a pain that he wishes to bear? [591;539]

8. Why does Wynand continue to come, unannounced, to see Roark? How do these appearances compare to the times in the past when Dominique came to Roark? [592-593;540-541]

9. Is it shocking to hear Wynand express disdain for the “respect for a woman”? Is that any more or less shocking than hearing Wynand’s attitude toward Roark’s rejection of holding power over another human being? [593;541]

10. Roark tells Wynand that he thinks he hated Wynand before he met him. Is this consistent with his earlier response to Toohey that Roark didn’t think about Toohey? [593;541]

11. Wynand thinks of his publishing empire as “a dangerous monster let loose under the expert direction of his fingers.” Why does he love this sense? He admits he has committed every crime but “the foremost one.” What does he regard as the most important aspect of his life? In what way does he resemble Roark? How does he differ? [594-596;542-544]

12. Dominique seems to think Roark is punishing her. Why does she think that? Is it so, or is she punishing herself? [596-598;544-545]

Chapter VI [pp. 599-607 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 546-553 Signet paperback]

13. What are some of the fallacies involved in Toohey’s double-talk argument about freedom and compulsion? What particular false premise is implicit in his argument? [599-600;546-547]

14. Is there truth in Toohey’s assertion that mysticism and dialectic materialism are “superficially varied manifestations of the same thing”? Do they both have the same intentions, as he says? [600;547]

15. Why, if Toohey apparently knows “why the workers in this country have so little sympathy with collectivism”, does he still seem to think they can be led to accept it? What is he counting on? What does Toohey’s thought about his metaphor of a huge typewriter tell us about this motives? [601-603;548-550]

16. Why is Toohey so exhilarated? Why does he wish Dominique had been present at the meeting to hear the conversation? [606-607;552-553]

WHERE:

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SAT Mar 16 - Flex Your Rights

WHEN:
SATURDAY, March 16, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Flex Your Rights
Talk by Michael Kielsky, Counselor & Attorney at Law at Kielsky Rike PLLC

DESCRIPTION:

Kielsky will give a brief overview of the right to remain silent when questioned by police (video and presentation), with a focus on explaining why the exercise of that right is critical and the failure to do so may do irrevocable harm with no corresponding benefit, followed by brief discussion of Objectivist principles that may apply and a contrast to contrary examples from Ayn Rand’s literature.

Some quotes from the Ayn Rand Lexicon for the discussion.

Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals—that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government—that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizens’ protection against the government. “The Nature of Government,” The Virtue of Selfishness, 114, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p.101.

Ours was the first government based on and strictly limited by a written document—the Constitution—which specifically forbids it to violate individual rights or to act on whim. The history of the atrocities perpetrated by all the other kinds of governments—unrestricted governments acting on unprovable assumptions—demonstrates the value and validity of the original political theory on which this country was built. “Censorship: Local and Express,” Philosophy: Who Needs It, 181, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p.101.

Man holds these rights, not from the Collective nor for the Collective, but against the Collective—as a barrier which the Collective cannot cross; . . . these rights are man’s protection against all other men. “Textbook of Americanism,” The Ayn Rand Column, 83, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p. 213.

The end does not justify the means. No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others. “The Cashing-In: The Student ‘Rebellion,’” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 256, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p. 216.

The rights of the accused are not a primary—they are a consequence derived from a man’s inalienable, individual rights. A consequence cannot survive the destruction of the cause. What good will it do you to be protected in the rare emergency of a false arrest, if you are treated as the rightless subject of an unlimited government in your daily life? “Moral Inflation,” ARI III, 13, 4, quoted in the Ayn Rand Lexicon (The Ayn Rand Library Vol. IV), p. 423.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-516-3281
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QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
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