Archive for April, 2013

SAT May 18 – Debate on Is Self-Interest Enough?

WHEN:

SATURDAY, May 18, 2013 7:00 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
Video of David Kelley debating John Mackey on the question

Is self-interest enough to create personal happiness or a good society?
Recorded 2011 at the FreedomFest in Las Vegas, 55 minutes

DISCUSSION LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:

What is the foundation of human happiness, prosperity,cooperation and freedom? At the 2011 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey and philosopher David Kelley debated “Is self-interest enough to create personal happiness or a good society?” Now you can watch the video of this debate. Kelley is the founder and chief intellectual officer of The Atlas Society and author of numerous books including A┬áLife of One’s Own.

Both gentlemen are introduced by Tom G. Palmer, a senior scholar with the Cato Institute and Vice President at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. (Palmer sits on The Atlas Society’s Board of Advisors.)

TUE May 7 – The Fountainhead Session 15

NOTE: NEW START TIME OF 6:30 TUESDAY ONLY!

WHEN:
TUESDAY, May 7, 2013 6:30 PM Arrival Time

TOPIC:
The Fountainhead Session 15
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 7, 8, & 9
Pages 587-620 in the Centennial Edition
Pages 608-644 in the Bobbs-Merrill hardback
Pages 554-586 in the Signet paperback

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: by John Kannarr
The Fountainhead

Part IV – Howard Roark
Chapter VII [pp. 608-621 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 554-566 Signet paperback]

1. What lessons does Peter refuse to grasp about the results of the collective effort on The March of the Centuries exposition? Is he disingenuous about the seeming lack of rationality in the things to which people responded now? [608-610;554-556]

2. Why is Peter Keating’s mother so panicked about the issue of his happiness? How does the previous confession of Guy Francon upon his retirement compare to her state of mind, and to the general theme of this novel? [610-611;556-557]

3. What is so surprising about Mrs. Keating’s suggestion that Peter marry Catherine Halsey? Or does it surprise Peter at all? Why does Peter think her gesture was brave? Should he be angry with her? [611;557]

4. Why is Peter fearful of thinking about Toohey? Why is he afraid of identifying the explanation of Toohey’s behavior toward him? Why could he “afford to doubt himself,” but not Toohey? [612-613;557-559]

5. Toohey makes a number of admissions to Peter, but Peter never quite seems to be able to grasp them. What are some of these admissions? Why doesn’t Peter understand what Toohey is saying to him? [613-620;559-566]

6. Why is Keating conflicted about seeing Roark? Why would having Roark agree to see him make him think he had the “right to hate him”? [620-621;566]

Chapter VIII [pp. 622-632 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 566-576 Signet paperback]
7. Why does Peter say it would be better if Roark felt that there was a reason to forgive him? Why would it be “less cruel” if Roark did feel that way? Why does Roark think that Peter has changed? [622-623;566-567]

8. Why can Keating be honest with Roark, but not with Toohey? [623-625;567-569]

9. Why does Roark ask Keating if he can imagine he’s alone in the world? Why does Roark say that to “sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world”? What does he mean by that? [625-626;569-570]

10. How important is Roark’s discussion with Keating to explaining the theme of the novel? [626-632;570-576]

11. Is Roark being realistic in asking Keating to agree to Roark’s terms? [628-631;572-575]

12. Does Roark pity Keating? Is he being altruistic toward Keating in giving him a chance to redeem himself with this bargain? [631-632;575-576]

Chapter IX [pp. 633-644 Bobbs-Merrill hardback; pp. 576-586 Signet paperback]
13. Why is Dominique so determined to have Roark refuse a request from Gail? [633-636;576-579]

14. Why does Toohey say Peter is a genius? [636-637;579-580]

15. So is Hillary Clinton a plagiarist, not of specific words, but an idea? Or did she unconsciously come up with that “village” nonsense? Channeling Alvah Scarret? [638;580-581]

16. Why does Wynand seem to think no one else capable of the kind of machinations and manipulation he has built his career on? [638-640;581-582]

17. Why would the same people – intellectuals, artists, professionals – who once bought The Banner’s propaganda about architects now treat Wynand’s support as something to ridicule? Why does Roark not try to stop Wynand, even though Wynand’s support is now hurting Roark? [641-642;583-584]

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