12-31-15 | In 2015, the 10 most popular posts on this site were (in terms of Facebook hits):
12-22-15 | Libertarian comedy song-writer Remy’s latest video takes a shot at college tuition.
12-20-15 | Nicholas Winton–a British businessman who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Holocaust–is finally getting a well-deserved documentary telling of his heroisms.
12-4-15 | The Star Wars Libertarian Special…very funny, and timely…courtesy of Reason.
12-1-15 | Killing Them Safely is a new documentary about the danger of widespread taser use by police.
11-29-15 | A review of the new film Trumbo reveals it to be a whitewash. “While Trumbo was an interesting and colorful character, the film gives us the story of the Communists in the mold of…advocates of free speech who were defending the American Constitution, civil liberties, and American freedom itself. They are all for goodness and light…In presenting this rosy picture, Trumbo avoids dealing with the actual nature of Communism…”
11-27-15 | A new Amazon Prime series looks interesting: The Man in the High Castle portrays a defeated WWII America, occupied by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan…but while the government may have surrendered, at least some of the people want their freedom back.
11-25-15 | “They tried to strike me down, but I became more fabulous than they could ever imagine.” Milo Yiannopoulos is the pitbull of cultural libertarianism and he is skyrocketing into fame, fueled by his own wit and willingness to take free speech arguments right into the lion’s den, debating hardcore PC snowflakes publicly and on their own academic and media turf. He’s also the wittiest new writer I have seen in a long time. Worth getting to know him. This article explains his meteoric rise.
11-20-15 | A crew member from “The Hunting Ground,” a controversial film that claims campus sexual assault is epidemic, has just been caught editing Wikipedia articles to make facts conform with the inaccurate representations in the film. Gives new meaning to “based on a true story.”
11-12-15 | Brilliant video mixing of University of Missouri thugs intimidating a student reporter with South Park episode on PC-based violence. In less than 2 minutes see how the intolerant Left operates. Note the Orwellian character of whole thing.
11-11-15 | My favorite Veterans Day clip…to remember those who have defended our freedom.
11-11-15 | Excellent (and funny!) 7-minute film, Modern Educayshun, on the PC state of affairs in universities today. Timely given recent events at Yale and the University of Missouri… [h/t Bruce Majors]
11-6-15 | The Tenth Amendment Center, which advocates a more aggressive posture on the part of state governments to constrain the federal government, makes its case–a good case too–in a new video ad on the subject.
11-2-15 | Just announced in The New York Times: Albert S. Ruddy, whose credits include The Godfather, plans to make a six- to eight-hour TV version of Atlas Shrugged. He has been trying to get the rights for 40 years. “The main thing, Mr. Ruddy said, is to honor Ms. Rand’s insistence on making a film for the future. That means redrawing its capitalists and creators, who go on strike against creeping collectivism…’When you look at guys like Jeff Bezos, he’s not only doing Amazon, he wants to colonize Mars,’ Mr. Ruddy said. He spoke by telephone last week of his plan for a mini-series in which an Internet blackout led by Bezos-like figures might shut down cellphones, banks and almost everything else…”
10-24-15 | In honor of IRS Director Lois Lerner’s recently-announced escape from justice, here’s the tip of the iceberg in what she got away with…told first-hand in the chilling testimony of an activist who was audited, inspected and/or harassed *15 times*, and on the same topic a song from libertarian comedy-songwriter Remy.
10-14-15 | A new documentary, Can We Take a Joke, about the current battle over “protected speech” vs. free speech will premiere in NYC on November 13th.
10-7-15 | Good video from Reason Magazine: “Want to create a gun-free America in 5 easy steps? Here’s all there is to it.”
10-7-15 | Another libertarian organization, this time Anthem Film| Festival, recommends The Martian. “No greedy businessmen, evil scientists, or unscrupulous pharmaceutical CEOs in the bunch–just a problem-solving astronaut with an indefatigable determination to go Home: Here’s our review of The Martian.”
10-3-15 | The Atlas Society recommends The Martian. “…an exciting film about an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet. It celebrates the heroism that comes from human reason.”
Libertarian Film News: 3Q15
9-20-15 | “In the South Park season premiere, released yesterday, a new character was introduced: ‘PC Principal.’ …the episode revolves around PC Principal’s sometimes violent quest to rid the school of problematic language.” Delighted to see South Park hasn’t lost its edge, and that it’s continuing to defend freedom of speech.
9-13-15 | A good clip on just how Orwellian universities have become. In this case, the University of Delaware attempted a program of straight-up public indoctrination of freshman into a fixed set of opinions; after news got back to parents, it was officially terminated but of course that isn’t the end of it.
9-5-15 | Interesting take on battle between “cultural authoritarians” (those who want to control speech and ideas in media and film) and “cultural libertarians,” those fighting that control. Also, a list of cultural libertarians from history.
7-28-15 | Anthem Film Festival’s panel on “The Top Ten Films every Libertarian Should Know” was written up for Liberty magazine…some interesting suggestions in here.
7-27-15 | Ten years ago, the Supreme Court decided in favor of the city of New London over homeowner Susette Kelo in an eminent domain abuse case that sent shockwaves throughout the country. The story of Kelo’s heroic battle will shortly come to the big screen.
Libertarian Film News: 2Q15
6-28-15 | At the end of the Revolutionary War, George Washington was offered the opportunity to become king. In that pivotal moment, he took out something few had seen him wear, a pair of spectacles. “Gentlemen,” said Washington, “you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind in the service of my country.” By the time he was done making the point that he and and his staff had not spent their lives and fortunes to establish another monarchy, but to give a birth to freedom, those calling for his kingship were reduced to tears…and thus ended what would otherwise have been a coup d’tetat. That and much more told in the documentary, George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King.
6-20-15 | A 20-year-old non-violent drug offender — forced to do undercover work for the police in order to avoid a long prison sentence — is found in a river, shot in the head and wearing a backpack full of rocks. The police tell the parents it was probably just a suicide; let it go. Reason reports on this story.
6-15-15 | Well this is it…Happy Birthday to libertarianism! It’s June 15th, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. If you’re not sure why it’s so important, check out this one minute video.
6-6-15 | Was libertarianism originally founded on June 15th, 1215? That’s the birthday of Magna Carta–the first legal charter in human history to grant individual liberties and restrain government power under rule of law. It’s arguably the single most influential and far-reaching legal document the world has ever known. Celebrate its 800th birthday by watching these entertaining libertarian shorts.
5-29-15 | On Sunday, Congress will reconvene to debate Patriot Act reauthorization. Rand Paul promises to put up the “fight of the century” to stop it…and is now featured in an attack ad that makes the point.
5-29-15 | Brad Bird, whose work often has suggestions of Ayn Randian influence, is working on this sequel.
5-28-15 | “Witness to Communism” is a brilliant series of interviews of ordinary people who survived totalitarian socialism. This one tells the tale of a Cambodian doctor, said to be the only doctor who made it through the Cambodian holocaust.
5-19-15 | The FX series, “The Americans” is favorably reviewed by the Victims of Communism website. “By watching the intense personal struggles of the characters, it becomes apparent that there is a fortress the Bolsheviks cannot take: the human soul.”
5-10-15 | A kickstarter has been launched to fund a new documentary, “Empire of Lies,” about Ron Paul’s efforts to spread the word on the dangers excess government power.
5-8-15 | An amusing video from the Institute for Justice about Tampa’s price controls on limos.
4-29-15 | The new documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” recounts the fate of Cambodian musicians, including the band Baksey Cham Krong…they were among the 21% of the population murdered by idealistic socialists in the 1970s Cambodian genocide.
4-16-15 | For Holocaust Remembrance Day: The Assisi Underground.
4-15-15 | Happy Tax Day! Comedian Tim Slagle explains how it all works.
4-11-15 | “While it all might sound like a hippiepalooza, Guthrie has always resisted easy pigeonholing. An ardent libertarian in recent decades who supported Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.”
Libertarian Film News: 1Q15
3-4-15 | In this article, “The Political Leanings of Your Favorite Superheroes,” Iron Man and Batman were cited as libertarian-leaning.
2-21-15 | Never underestimate the power of film. This story of a secret hero who shepherds enemies of the Nazi state to safety was the inspiration for Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg…who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis. It’s not a bad film in the style of British classics.
Libertarian Film News: 2014
12-31-14 | Edward Herrmann, the star of one of the earliest and most well-known libertarian films, Harry’s War, has died. Listed by Advocates for Self-Government as a libertarian celebrity, Herrmann also narrated Ayn Rand’s the Fountainhead, published as an audio book. RIP, Herrmann.
12-26-14 | Reason Magazine recommends the new film Into the Woods.
12-17-14 | Activists to Drop Interview DVDs over North Korea: “In the past two years, the Human Rights Foundation in New York, created by Thor Halvorssen, has been helping bankroll the balloon drops, with the next one set for January…’In a totalitarian country the state endeavors to control all citizens, and so every activity that is not government-sponsored is a subversive act,’ says Halvorssen. ‘Watching a film is a crime for which you can be executed. It happened to 80 people in 2014 as an example to what happens to those who defy the Kims. Yet millions of North Koreans are engaging in these peaceful acts of rebellion. And comedies are hands down the most effective of counterrevolutionary devices.”