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Producers vs. Looters and Parasites

Producers vs. Looters and Parasites

David Kelley Ph.D

2 Mins
April 12, 2011

The producers in Atlas Shrugged represent the culmination of Rand's artistic goal to portray the human ideal; and their conflict with looters and parasites is the fullest statement of what she saw as an eternal conflict in human life. This lecture will discuss that conflict as the master theme of the novel, encompassing all the other thematic elements, along with Galt's strike as the master plot.

This audio program, sutiable for those new to Rand's ideas, includes discussion of:

  1. The eternal conflict
  2. Plot implementation: The strike and the collapse
  3. Characterization: Producers, looters, and the worlds they make
  4. The meaning of the strike

DOWNLOAD:  Accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Note: This audio program is the second in a 6-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 3: Reason vs. Anti-Reason
Part 4: The Pursuit of Happiness
Part 5: The Unity of Mind and Body
Part 6: Trade vs. Power

David Kelley


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.