The following libertarian films are new on Netflix streaming or Amazon Prime.
Netflix just added the original version of Ghostbusters to its streaming service. The Washington Examiner called the film “the most libertarian Hollywood blockbuster of all time.” It also added The Experiment, in which “a group of men take on the roles of guards and inmates at a mock prison as a part of a controversial study.” It’s based on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which pretend authority turned into abuse in short order, thus demonstrating the corrosive nature of power.
Amazon just added 1984 to streaming, probably a wise move given that its review is one of the most frequently viewed pages on this site. Bitter Harvest, about Stalin’s murder through famine of millions of Ukrainians, will be added on March 31st.
Amazon Prime just added the original version of Red Dawn. When this film was released in 1984, the Soviet Union was still an empire, occupying Eastern Europe, having just invaded Afghanistan a few years earlier, and with growing influence in both South America and Africa. Kissinger privately opined that we didn’t have a chance against communism and were only buying time. People needed hope, and films like this gave it to them. Thirty years later, Red Dawn is still popular. The film was remade in 2012. [Amazon link.]
Netflix streaming just added Dallas Buyers Club. “Having your medications controlled by an all-powerful regulatory agency is great, because you can never be too careful. Oh wait you can be too careful, like when you are *dying* and the agency won’t allow you have access to experimental meds because…safety first. That was the situation in 1988, when thousands of AIDs victims were being eaten alive by a hellish virus and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied them access to life-saving medications. Fortunately, the world has heroes; in this case, the hero was AIDs patient Ron Woodruf, an ordinary man turned outlaw angel, who defied the FDA to smuggle unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into the U.S. in order to treat fellow victims of HIV. Dallas Buyers Club won three Academy Awards and was nominated as well for Best Picture.” —MissLiberty.com [Netflix link.]