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