Trade and power are the two fundamental alternatives in human relationships. This audio program explores that alternative as the specifically social-economic dimension of the contrast between producers and looters. This theme is reflected in Atlas Shrugged in the collapse of the economy as power gains the upper hand; and in the producers' and looters' respective goals and attitudes towards others.

This audio program, suitable for those new to Rand's ideas, covers:

  1. Trade as the principle of freedom and justice
  2. Plot implementation: The wreck of the economy, Galt Agonistes
  3. Characterization: Rearden vs. Boyle
  4. Clearest statement of the theme: Francisco's money speech, Rearden's trial speech, Galt's speech.
  5. Buried riches: The generosity of the producers.

DOWNLOAD:  Accompanying PowerPoint presentation

 Note: This audio program is the sixth in a six-part series, "Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Novel," presented at The Atlas Society's 2006 Summer Seminar. The other programs in the series are:

Part 1: Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Thriller
Part 2: Producers vs. Looters and Parasites
Part 3: Reason vs. Anti-Reason
Part 4: The Pursuit of Happiness
Part 5: The Unity of Mind and Body


David Kelley

About The Author:

Author: David Kelley
David Kelley is the founder of The Atlas Society. A professional philosopher, teacher, and best-selling author, he has been a leading proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years.

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