Podcast #33: Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 16

 Posted by on 25 May 2010 at 7:00 am  Podcasts
May 252010
 

For Monday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a preview of my podcast and study questions for “Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 16.”

The online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged – meaning, all 20 sessions of podcasts and study questions, plus other resources – can be purchased for just $20. The written materials are also available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats, and purchasers of those editions pay just $10 for access to the podcasts. For more information, including previews of other sessions, visit Explore Atlas Shrugged.

Session 16 of Explore Atlas Shrugged covers:

  • Part 3: Chapter 5: Their Brothers’ Keepers (Sections 3-4)
  • Part 3: Chapter 6: The Concerto of Deliverance


Preview the Podcast

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Preview the Study Questions

Note: The pagination of the hardcover, softcover, and kindle editions differs from that of the small mass market paperback. The study questions cite only the pagination from the larger editions. I don’t recommend using the mass market paperback.

Part 3: Chapter 5: Their Brothers’ Keepers

Section 3 (936-943)

Dagny Taggart continues to struggle with shortages, particularly of copper wire, in an economy ruled by the politics of pull. Freight cars are not sent to Minnesota for the harvest. As a result, the harvest is largely lost.

Core Questions

  • What are some of the major signs of the disintegration of the economy? What is the cause of that disintegration? How do Dagny’s concerns differ from the concerns of those in power? (936-9)
  • Why are the trains not sent to Minnesota for the harvest? What happens as a result? What moves the men in Washington into action? Why? What will be the long-range effects of the failure of the harvest? (939-43)

Extra Questions

  • What is Jim Taggart’s attitude toward the passengers on Taggart Transcontinental? Why? (937)
  • Why is the government funding sketchy endeavors like “Project Soybean” and the “People’s Opera Company” when basic goods are scarce? Is that inevitable when the government controls the economy? Why or why not? (937-8)
  • How has Dr. Robert Stadler changed since the unveiling of Project X? Why has he changed? (938)
  • What is Cuffy Meigs’ view of and attitude toward Dagny? What does that reveal about him? (939)
  • Why does the anonymous man call Dagny about the impending disaster in Minnesota? Why didn’t anyone else call earlier? (939-40)
  • What happened with the harvest of soybeans from Ma Chalmers’ government-funded “Project Soybean”? (943)


About Explore Atlas Shrugged

Explore Atlas Shrugged is a series of 20 sessions of podcasts and study questions by me, philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh. Each session covers about 65 pages of the novel, organized chapter-by-chapter and section-by-section. The podcasts are an in-depth look at the events, characters, and ideas from that portion of the novel. The whole series contains over 22 hours of lively and engaging discussion in podcast form. The study questions will help you better understand the novel on your own – or help you lead an engaging reading group. The series includes over 1400 questions, organized into “core” and “extra” categories.

You can preview the full series of podcasts and questions, as well as purchase access for just $20, here: Explore Atlas Shrugged. You can also purchase the series below.

Also, the written materials are available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats, and purchasers of those editions pay just $10 for access to the podcasts.


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Praise for Explore Atlas Shrugged

The response to Explore Atlas Shrugged has been overwhelmingly positive, including the following remarks:

I require students to read Atlas Shrugged in my introductory economics class. Dr. Hsieh’s Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts were an essential tool to help communicate the novel’s lesson and hold effective class discussion. Do not attempt to teach the book without consulting the podcasts first!

— Bailey Norwood, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

And:

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Diana – our GLO Atlas Reading Group is going so very well. We have about 12-13 people attending, and it is truly the most fun we’ve had in a long time. So much rewarding fun comes out of your ideas and organization. Can’t thank you enough for your efforts!!!

And:

I just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for your efforts on Explore Atlas Shrugged. As part of the Charm City Objectivists Society we used your questions and podcast to help kick off our reading group yesterday for session one. We had epiphanies all around the table from someone who is a firm student of Objectivism to a person who had read Atlas Shrugged but is new to Objectivism. I know that neither Ray (our moderator) or myself could have undertaken this kind of thing without the wonderful resource you have created. You have helped me make a difference in my community and I thank you for it.

And:

The other day, I began listening to your Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts. I have read and listened to the book several times, but it has been admittedly too long since the last time. Although I can not adequately express how much experiencing your podcasts has meant to me and the extent to which they have reinvigorated me, I did want to thank you…Thank you.


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