Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek (aka F. A. Hayek) was born on May 8th, 1899. He was a formidable defender of human liberty and warned early of the dangers of centralized power associated with socialism. Here are six short films to celebrate his birthday.
UPDATE: Show has now raised over $2.3 million!
Looking to invest your money in a project that will help liberty and may just earn you a nice return? The makers of the Tuttle Twins books — which teach kids about free-markets, rule of law, etc. — are raising funds to produce a TV show based on the books.
They’ve already raised over a million dollars through crowdfunding — the most ever raised via crowdfunding for a kid’s show — enabling them to green light the first four episodes. Now they’re in the second round, looking for more investors to create the next two episodes of their planned 12-episode season. Minimum investment is $150.48. Details here.
Where else are kids going to hear about Frédéric Bastiat and see kids lead a rebellion against bad laws? Tuttle Twins TV looks pretty awesome.
Daniel Harmon, an executive associated with Tuttle Twins TV, recently gave a livestream update on the show and its funding progress. Note: audio doesn’t work until 4:35 in this clip, so start there.
The US Treasury just warned that the debt ceiling needs to be raised to “avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt…Treasury officials urged Congress to pass either a new borrowing limit or another suspension of the debt.” For the latest stats on US government debt, see the national Debt Clock and find out how much you owe — and how fast it’s growing.
Meanwhile, here’s a song to listen to while you contemplate the nation’s demise. In this music video, downloaded 700,000 times on YouTube, libertarian comedian songwriter Remy raps about the debt ceiling.
The 2021 Anthem Film Festival — the annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries — will be held in Rapid City, South Dakota, July 21-24. 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.
Could a TV series be made about the collapse of Venezuela and not identify socialism as the cause? Apparently yes. It’s Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan. The Foundation for Economic Education offers this short film as a corrective. “Jack Ryan, Season 2 does the world a tremendous disservice by using the real-life tragedy in Venezeula as the backdrop for its drama while ignoring the ideology that causes nothing but misery, poverty, and social collapse. Find out how Venezuela went from the 4th richest country in the world to one of the poorest in only a few generations, on this episode of Out of Frame.”
The BBC had a short segment on what it’s like to buy basic goods there. The government regulates prices in order to keep prices artificially low “for the good of the people.” The result is shortage. That’s standard Econ 101. Of course, political instability follows widespread shortages as night follows day, something CIA analyst Jack Ryan seems to have missed.
Project Veritas has just released a fantastic music video, Oligarchy, with a dancing James O’Keefe (he dances well!) surrounded by backup dancers. The video is described as “an anthem for everyone who has ever been defamed,” presumably defamed by the media and tech titans, since that’s what the video refers to. The release was coordinated with the group’s launch of PV Legal, a new unit at Project Veritas “that will represent others who’ve been lied about and can’t defend themselves. If you have been defamed, email: Pvlegal@projectveritas.com.” Project Veritas is currently suing the New York Times for defamation.