Re: Part Three, Chapters VII–VIII (7 - 8)
Part 3 Ch. 7, there is a thread specifically created for John Galt's Speech discussion, which you can find here, but you can always talk about that chapter here in this thread as well, if you'd like:topic13466.html
Part 3 ch. 8
The economy continues to worsen, because of the regulations:
Because of the way paper money can be manipulated that way and for other reasons, Rand was all for a gold standard. You can find more about that in Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
, the chapter titled “Gold and Economic Freedom”.
Don Watkins writing here:
Mr. Thompson asks:
The free market solution, they think is the problem, that’s why. And you can see what happens in their regulated economy, and can probably imagine what it would be like if Dagny, Rearden, were left alone in the marketplace.
Then later in the chapter when they have capture Galt, Mr. Thompson:
Then we have a revealing exchange here in this chapter between Eddie and Dagny:
She extended her hand. “Good-bye, Eddie.” He clasped her hand firmly, not looking down at his fingers; he was looking at her face. He started to go, but stopped, turned to her and asked, his voice low, but steady, neither as plea nor as despair, but as a last gesture of conscientious clarity to close a long ledger, “Dagny . . . did you know . . . how I felt about you?” “Yes,” she said softly, realizing in this moment that she had known it wordlessly for years, “I knew it.”
So Eddie had feelings for Dagny.
Then the chapter ends, when Galt is on TV at the point of a gun, that the public doesn’t see, well… until: