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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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.

Can History Survive Duke University’s Nancy MacLean?



If Democracy in Chains represents the state of art in the research and critical thinking in Nancy MacLean’s field, History as an academic discipline is in serious intellectual trouble.

Review: Little Pink House Shows How Machinery of Government Undermines Civil Liberties



Little Pink House tells the sordid tale of how the city of New London, Connecticut, seized private homes through eminent domain to subsidize private corporate development.

Review: Ready Player One Entertains Using Fear of Tech Oligarchy



Ready Player One seems destined to become another Steven Spielberg classic, serving up a movie that appeals to a wide range of audiences with a solid story, well-crafted characters and engaging adventure from beginning to end. Along the way, viewers also get a good dose of ethics, with an emphasis on empowering the individual...
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Review: Black Panther’s Box Office Success Is Well Earned



Black Panther is sprinting toward the 1 billion dollar mark in revenues after just two weekends, and its box-office success is well-earned. As a film, Black Panther is excellent in most elements, from its casting, to the studio’s investment in a well-rounded story, to the progression of the movie’s characters, to the commitment to...
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Five Recent Movies that Explore Race in America



February is African-American History Month in the United States and Canada. This series of events celebrating African-American achievements and their experience has been controversial since it was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson on a smaller scale as Negro History Week in 1926. Nevertheless, regardless of where one falls on its importance, the month provides...
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Review: Darkest Hour Probes Depths of Political Courage



Darkest Hour probes the depths of political courage under overwhelming odds, focusing on the first few months of Winston Churchill‘s leadership as Prime Minister during World War II. The movie also presents a dilemma. On the one hand, Churchill experts have challenged the historical accuracy of several broad themes and characterizations (see here and here)....
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