A humorous clip from the Australian TV channel Viceland, on the double-speak of politicians.
The 2019 Anthem Film Festival — the annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries — will be held at the Paris Resort, Las Vegas, July 17-20. It is part of the larger FreedomFest event. You may purchase registration here.
This once-a-year event is the world’s biggest libertarian film festival, and features narrative films as well as documentaries and short films. Per the festival’s website, “Anthem is part of FreedomFest, where each year over 2,500 people and 250 speakers meet for a multi-national conference of ideas. We invite the best and brightest thought leaders to address us about geo-politics & finance, history & philosophy, science & technology, art & literature, healthy living – and movies, of course!”
Not sure if it’s your thing? Check out this running list of films and documentaries featured at the festival in the past.
Per the Babylon Bee, “In a move to make Captain America more appealing to a modern audience, Marvel announced Monday the iconic comic and film character will be rebooted as Captain Globalism. ‘The very idea of America is offensive and outdated,’ said a Marvel rep. ‘There are billions of people who weren’t able to relate to Captain America because of his triggering name and crude stars-and-stripes-colored uniform and shield. They’ll feel much more at home with Cap now that his goal is to break down all borders and unite everybody under a New World Order.'”
Although this report is just a parody, it may be recalled that in 2011 that actually happened with Superman, when he renounced US citizenship and became a “global citizen.”
Looking for a film internship? The (libertarian) Moving Picture Institute (MPI) regularly places talented students and recent graduates in paid Hollywood internships. This is the real deal, and the majority of MPI interns go on to find permanent positions in the entertainment industry.
Per the MPI website: “It’s not easy to break into the entertainment world, but the Moving Picture Institute’s Hollywood Career Launch Program helps talented young filmmakers get a foot in the door. We place interns with partner production companies and provide living stipends for the duration of their internship. Since 2006, we have awarded over 145 paid internships. Our interns regularly receive offers of full-time employment from their host companies and go on to work in Hollywood full-time.” You can apply for an MPI film internship here.
[There are at least three organizations offering training, grants, or other help to aspiring libertarian filmmakers. Learn more.]
Watch this short film to learn more about the Moving Picture Institute:
After Nike officially stated that it is too ashamed of the original Betsy Ross Thirteen Stars American flag to put it on shoes, I was reminded that a lot of people who have done quite well by this country still hate it. In this clip from Hitchcock’s Saboteur, a cynical intellectual explains why he hates America, and why he admires centrally-planned countries where they “get things done.” Saboteur would be a good patriotic film pick for July 4th, and is available on Amazon streaming.
Of all the readings of the US Declaration of Independence, this one from the series Sons of Liberty, dramatized and set to music, is my favorite. [4 min]
A colonial America version of “It’s Too Late to Apologize.” [3 min]
The History Channel explains how the Declaration of Independence came about and what the document means. [4 min]
Awkward Exes: Britain & America 1776 – The Breakup. [3 min]
Paul Harvey tells the price paid by the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. [8 min]
Man-on-the-street interviews reveal that many Americans have no idea why we celebrate July 4th or even from which country we gained independence. [6 min]
Web comedy sensation Remy raps about the government being “all up in his grill” on July 4th. [1 min]
A gusty young man insists on his Constitutional rights at a 4th of July DUI checkpoint. Washington and Jefferson would be proud. Note one policeman saying to another: “He knows his rights. He knows what the Constitution says.” The tree of liberty must be constantly replenished, if not with the blood of patriots, then at least with their determination and fortitude. [6 min]
Links About July 4th, Independence Day
Wikipedia: U.S. Declaration of Independence
Wikipedia: U.S. Independence Day
Wikiquotes: U.S. Declaration of Independence
–Poster: Replica of Declaration of Independence (23 X 29)
–Book: The Declaration of Independence
–Book: Give Me Liberty: The Story of the Declaration of Independence
–Book: Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
–Book: The Fourth of July Story
–Book: Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence
“The libertarian vision is in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal; no one ought to have any special rights and privileges in his social relations with other people. We have certain rights—to our life, to our freedom, to do what we please in order to find happiness. Government has just one purpose: to help us protect those rights. And if it doesn’t, then we get to ‘alter or abolish it.’ It’s hard to imagine a more libertarian document…”
–Cato: The Roots of Modern Libertarian Ideas
A journalist in Venezuela encounters the real life effects of price controls, and documents in a day’s shopping what it’s like to buy eight common goods when the State dictates prices. [3 min]
“We used to produce rice and we had excellent coffee; now we produce nothing. With the situation here people abandoned the fields…”
–The Guardian: Venezuela food shortages: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food’
Milton Friedman explains why price controls don’t work as cure for inflation. [2 min]
Journalist John Stossel demonstrates how rent control creates housing shortages and ultimately drive rents higher. [5 min]
Is price gouging immoral? This animated short examines the question. [2 min]
The post-WWII German economic miracle takes off, when economist Ludwig Erhard is put in charge of the economy and Allied-imposed price controls. [4 min]
“This outstanding history illustrates the utter futility of fighting the market process through legislation, which always uses despotic measures to yield socially catastrophic results. The book covers the ancient world, the Roman Republic and Empire, Medieval Europe, the first centuries of the United States and Canada, the French Revolution, the 19th century, World Wars I and II, the Nazis, the Soviets, postwar rent control, and the 1970s. ”
–Book: Forty Centuries of Wage and Price iControls: How Not to Fight Inflation [Kindle]
–Book: Forty Centuries of Wage and Price iControls [Hardcover]
This post tracks developments in “FBI Lovebirds,” a stage play based on the texts of FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, texts that were made public in the course of the recent investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The play will be released as a short film.
7-1-19 | FBI Lovebirds to be Short Film
Per Indiegogo, “We’ve begun editing the FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers film! We will keep you updated on the process and let you know about the release date soon.”
6-17-19 | National Review: Play Is a Hit With Audience
Per National Review, “What do you get when you take Dean Cain, an actor famous for playing Superman on TV, and Kristy Swanson, the actress who was the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and give them the chance to play a couple of adulterous, wildly partisan FBI agents working at the highest levels of the Mueller Russiagate probe? You get FBI Lovebirds, an outrageous play that had its conservative audience of 500 people howling at its premiere last Thursday at Washington’s Ronald Reagan Center.”
6-14-19 | Federalist: Play Is “Comedic Hit”
Per The Federalist, “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers plays like a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch, only every word is true and it’s actually funny.”
6-5-19 | Reagan To The Rescue
Per Fox News, the Ronald Reagan Building has breathed new life into FBI Lovebirds, offering to hold the play in spite of threats of violence against Mead Theater, the previously planned showplace. The play will debut there June 13th.
5-29-19 | Play Cancelled; Thugs Get Their Way
The FBI Lovebirds stage-play has just been canceled by the theater to due threats of violence, according to Hollywood In ToTo. The dialogue of the play was based on texts by the two agents, texts that made it clear they were determined to subvert the outcome of the election, and the play was intended to bring attention to that. Somebody didn’t want it to happen.
5-24-19 | Strzok And Page Emails To Be Reenacted In Stage-Play
Per Deadline, “Dean Cain and Kristy Swanson are set to play real-life FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose amorous and revealing texts were made public. FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers will get a staged reading in Washington, D.C., next month that will be filmed and put on YouTube.” The texts make it clear that the agents were determined to subvert the outcome of the election by any means necessary. Dean Cain has described himself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal (as has close friend Rob Lowe), though without using the L word…probably wise in the circumstance.
Socialists like to tell us that central planning will provide. But as Mises pointed out, there is no central planning system sophisticated enough to calculate in real time the ever-changing tastes and desires of the entire population. Only capitalism — an organic system that responds instantly to human desire as communicated through prices — provides the great variety of what people actually want. And once an entrepreneur builds a business around that, he or she has an independence as well, that allows personal freedom — to be just as flamboyant as they please. A wonderful case in point is Zack MacLeod Pinsent, featured in this BBC clip, who dresses as a regency gentleman, every single day of his life, and has built a business around it.
Fifty years ago, police made a routine raid on gay bar in NYC, something they were accustomed to doing, enforcing anti-gay laws of the time. But this time, people fought back. The ensuing melee became known as the Stonewall Riots, and it triggered the gay rights movement worldwide. A good documentary on this is Stonewall Uprising. At this link, you can find more films on sexual liberty.