Sam Staley Archive

Samuel R. Staley is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Managing Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center in the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University. He is a contributing author to the Independent books, Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined and Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis.
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Crazy Rich Asians and an American in Singapore



Crazy Rich Asians is earning its box office through solid acting, a solid screenplay, and first rate cinematography in Singapore and other Asian locals.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Chronicles the Life of One of the Good Guys



A reminder of the fundamental goodness of human beings.

Mission: Impossible–Fallout and Deep State Redemption



Delivering what the people want: dazzling chase scenes and jaw-dropping stunts!

The Equalizer 2 Is More Than Just Another Vigilante Movie



With the pace, structure, and depth of an independent film, this is not a simple add-on to the franchise.

Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Hidden Tolerance for Gay Rights



The law has limits to changing hearts and minds.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Raises Ethical Questions about Technology and Life



The movie takes a surprisingly complex dive into the question of species preservation and the value of life.

Adrift Testifies to the Strength of the Human Spirit



Tami Oldham’s story is an important one if for no other reason it provides real-life testimony to the importance of character, courage, perseverance, and grit.

Pope Francis Film Promotes Tolerance but Flawed Thinking on Poverty



Bodes well for an era of promoting tolerance but casts a shadow over the prospects for alleviating global poverty.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Entertains with Grounded Individualism



The newest contribution to the Star Wars film universe, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has a lot to offer libertarians, lovers of underdogs, and modern-day pirate enthusiasts.

Avengers: Infinity War Drops the Population Bomb



Avengers, Infinity War: In a world of finite resources, people need to die.

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