Posts by Samuel R. Staley
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 and Housing America.
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.

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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