Background: In Atlas Shrugged there is a motor that Dagny and Hank discover. The motor, they learn, was designed by its maker to convert static electricity, which is found in the atmosphere, into usable energy.
- This motor and the static electricity are metaphors. What do you think is represented by the motor? And, what do you think is represented by the static electricity?
- Recently we covered capitalist theory and communist theory in class.
- What would Adam Smith have to say about the motor? Specifically, where in his theory of capitalism would the motor fit?
- What would Karl Marx have to say about the motor? Specifically, where in his theory of communism would the motor fit?
- What would the Utilitarian philosophers say about the motor? Discuss each of the following: Jeremy Bentham, James Mill, and John Stuart Mill.