Tag: Entertainment
Heroes and Libertarian Ethics in Literature, Part 2
Libertarian Heroes in Fiction, Part 1 With more than 25 million copies of her novels in print, and with Atlas Shrugged continuing to sell a brisk half million copies per year, Ayn Rand undoubtedly ranks as the most widely read libertarian novelist. Much of her popularity, of course, is due to her unswerving commitment...
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Libertarian Heroes in Fiction, Part 1
My previous posts on The Hunger Games prompted a reader to question whether Katniss Everdeen, the 16 year-old protagonist in the trilogy and movie, should really be celebrated if she is, as I describe her, “Randian.” It’s an interesting question, and it prompted me to think about the different ways that libertarian or libertarian-leaning...
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What Happened to Liberty in the The Hunger Games Movie?
As expected, The Hunger Games blasted through doors off movie theaters last weekend, raking in $152.5 million in its opening weekend. That represents the third highest domestic box-office gross in history, trailing just behind the last Harry Potter movie and The Dark Knight. This should have been good news for liberty lovers, as I...
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Liberating The Hunger Games
As legions of fans descend on theaters this March to watch the The Hunger Games, I wonder how many will have also recognized in Suzanne Collins‘s books another theme that may well give her trilogy a shelf life equal to that of that of another great social critic, George Orwell. While Collins’s story includes...
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Film for Compulsory Sterilization from the 1930s (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s Reference)
In this disturbing 1934 propaganda film for eugenics, “Tomorrow’s Children,” the judge ordering a sterilization paraphrases “progressive,” Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s infamous line from the majority opinion in Buck v. Bell: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
Charles Dickens, Capitalist
Did you know 2012 is the centenary of Charles Dickens’s birth? Dickens is often lumped with Carlyle, Shaw, Ruskin, etc. as a Romantic, Victorian, literary anti-capitalist. (Carlyle indeed disliked capitalism, but not for the usual reasons.) But Dickens, as I originally learned from Paul Cantor, was a wildly successful capitalist and entrepreneur, a driving force behind the...
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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence
I posted earlier about the provisions of the New Years Eve-signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a/k/a the “Homeland Battlefield Bill,” allowing the President of the U.S., at his or her sole discretion, to order the indefinite detention of any U.S. citizen, with no burden of proof whatsoever, and no recourse for the detainee—in...
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BBC Faked Polar Bear Footage re Climate Alarmism
As if the climate alarmist scams revealed in Climategate I and Climategate II were not enough, not to mention the deliberate misrepresentations in Al Gore’s propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth, we now learn that the BBC faked a key scene in the £16 million, seven-part TV series, Frozen Planet, in which polar bears were...
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Stephen Colbert ‘Takes On’ Occupy Wall Street
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert “takes on” Occupy Wall Street in a hilarious yet actual segment with protest representatives from “the consensus within the press group,” Justin (“a male-bodied person”) and “Ketchup” (“a female-bodied person”), in a “Co-Optportunity” with what Colbert calls a cult, oh sorry, I mean “movement”.
How Van Halen Explains the U.S. Constitution’s Third Amendment
How are the big-hair rock band’s contractual prohibitions against brown M&M’s similar to the Third Amendment’s limitations on the quartering of soldiers? Professor Tom W. Bell of Chapman University School of Law explains: In the grand struggle to protect individual rights against government trespass, the Third Amendment plays a role akin to the provision,...
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