Why would a state prevent boys and girls from dancing together? It’s one of those cases of perverse incentives in law. Title IX is a federal statute requiring schools to offer both sexes equal access to educational opportunities. In order to demonstrate compliance, states want to get as many girls in sports as boys, but some popular sports like football are male-dominated and have no female equivalent. So, in the case of South Dakota, the state decided that dance would be exclusively a girls sport — boys would not be allowed to dance. The libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation fought that rule on behalf of Freddie Linden, a talented boy who was shut out of his school’s dance team. They won.
An examination of the rise of the left-wing paramilitary group Antifa reveals its Marxist roots and violent plans. [ Antifa: Rise of the Black Flags credits: Dir: Dave Lugo/ Raheem Kassam, Jack Posobiec, David Reaboi/ 61 min/ Documentary/ Anti-Socialism/ 2020]
Note: the full documentary follows the trailer below and can also be found online via search.
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“Joe Biden may dismiss the Marxist movement, but this doc does no such thing.”
–Antifa: Rise of the Black Flags’ Shows the Chaos, Anarchy Hatched by an ‘Idea’
Film critic Christian Toto has released a new book: Virtue Bombs: How Hollywood Got Woke and Lost Its Soul captures Hollywood’s depressing decline. “It’s my primal scream against a trend that has infiltrated every aspect of our lives but reared its head in unique ways in La La Land: casting via identity politics, woke comedy restrictions, hostage-style apologies, virtue signaling gone wild, the unwatchable Oscars, [and more]. Virtue Bombs connects all the necessary dots, framing an industry at war with itself…and consumers.”
Massive anti-Covid restriction protests are going on throughout Europe, and as nerves wear thin on both sides police in many cases are getting aggressive. In this short viral clip, after a German police officer shoves an old man, a gutsy young girl protestor responds in kind and outwits her pursuers.
Meet Eleanor Holmes Norton, 84, who Pelosi wants as Transportation Czar, i.e. head of Congress’s powerful Transportation Committee. She was videoed a few years ago trying to park her car — she couldn’t do it, and not only blocked someone else in but just walked away and left it like that.
It’s something of an irony that the Left still claims to be the champion of equality and tolerance but has nowadays officially dropped both of those things in favor of identity politics. The Martin Luther King vision of a world in which people “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” can’t be squared with demands for people to be treated differently based on color, let alone for Antifa-style street violence to pursue that demand. So here are four — make that five — libertarian films for this Martin Luther King libertarian holiday.
A documentary examination of newly declassified files reveals that the US government used its powers to unconstitutionally surveil and harass Martin Luther King, Jr. [ MLK/FBI credits: Dir: Sam Pollard/ 104 min/ Documentary/ Abuse of Power, Freedom of Speech, Search & Seizure/ 2020]
“A useful overview of a chilling abuse of federal power.”
A married interracial couple’s determination to reside in their home state of Virginia, in violation of Virginia laws against interracial marriage, leads to the legal overturning of all such laws in sixteen states. Based on a true story. [ Loving credits: Dir: Jeff Nichols/ Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton/ 123 min/ Drama, Romance/ Government as Bigot, Sexual Liberty, Social Tolerance]
“What [director] Nichols does — and does so exquisitely — is to show not only the deep love between two ordinary people but also…the damage an intrusive and bigoted authority can do.”
A father forced by the public school system to categorize his multiracial children by “primary race” explores the silliness of racial identity. [ How Jack Became Black credits: Dir: Eli Steele/ 96 min/ Documentary/ Equality & Law, Individualism/ 2018]
“There is a growing group in this country who feel that they cannot be simply placed into one racial category. Yet, what if that is exactly what society is trying to make them do? This is a battle we see taking place in the new documentary How Jack Became Black.”
–The Black Geeks
The interracial marriage of a black man and a young white woman tests the boundaries of their parents’ enthusiasm for racial tolerance. [ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner credits: Dir: Stanley Kramer/ Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier/ 108 min/ Drama/ Social Tolerance]
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a most delightfully acted and gracefully entertaining film.”
–New York Times
A small-town lawyer defends an innocent black man accused of rape. [ To Kill a Mockingbird credits: Dir: Robert Mulligan/ Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford/ 131 min/ Drama/ Social Tolerance]
“The underlying story here has a strong social tolerance theme that libertarians will certainly like, and it has as well a suggestion of the nonaggression principle. Even apart from its philosophical content, this is a terrific film. It’s thoroughly moving from beginning to end. All the characters are carefully sketched, even the lesser ones. And the two southern children at the center of this story really were southern. No faked accents here. The haunting music and small-town scenery add tremendous atmosphere. All this combines to create a nostalgic quality that’s like walking into one’s youth and another age.
And a bonus…this clever commercial shows how capitalism brings people together at Red House Furniture. It has 6.7 MILLION views on YouTube.
How does identity politics destroy Martin Luther King’s vision of tolerance? This three minute video from Capital Research explains. Incidentally, YouTube initially restricted access to it, apparently for the dangerous idea it explicitly promotes: the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind.