Thanks to wildly out-of-control spending, Congress has had to raise the debt limit eighty times since 1960 -- yes, sometimes more than once a year. It's about to happen again, though there is the usual faux battle to go through first, in which the Republicans momentarily hold the line and then cave (though I have to say they seem to be putting up more resistance this time). For … [Read more...]
Friedrich Hayek: Happy Angel Birthday!
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. … [Read more...]
Anthem (Libertarian) Film Festival: Are You Coming?
The 2023 Anthem Film Festival -- the annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries -- will be held at The Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee, July 12-15. 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 … [Read more...]
May 1: Victims of Communism Day | Ten Films to Honor the Dead
Perhaps as many as a hundred million people were victims of communism in the last century, deliberately rounded up, shot, starved, or simply forced to march into snowy wasteland until dead, exterminated by communist regimes. The most comprehensive statistical source for democide statistics, Death By Government, puts the toll at 106 million. Necrometrics estimates that Stalin … [Read more...]
How Many Guards Do You Need For Standup Comedy?
Per HollywoodInToto, "How many security guards does it take to stage a comedy show? That’s not a joke, and it’s certainly not funny. Comedians increasingly risk their lives for trying to make us laugh…Right-leaning comedian Kvon, whose stage show is both traditional and mostly bipartisan, shared a post this week about security measures behind his recent show." Kvon explains … [Read more...]
Defiant: Robert Smalls Film Seeks Investors
An independent filmmaking group is trying to raise money to produce a film about the incredible story of Robert Smalls, a slave who commandeered a Confederate warship in 1862 and used it to help his family and others escape. He went on to start a railway company and a newspaper and was elected to Congress. … [Read more...]
Libertarian Filmmaker Deadlines Approaching
Special opportunities for libertarian filmmakers are offered by The Moving Picture Institute and Anthem Film Festival, but these often have specific deadlines for participation. Current filmmaker deadlines include: July 12-15, 2023: Anthem Film Festival The Anthem Film Festival — the annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries — will be held at The … [Read more...]
Oscar Schindler: Happy Angel Birthday!
Oscar Schindler, memorialized in the 1993 film Schindler's List, was born on April 28th, 1908. His powerful story, extraordinarily well-told by Steven Spielberg, so impressed critics that it won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. … [Read more...]
How To Blow Up A Pipeline Bombs At Box Office
Per Hollywood in Toto, the new film How to Blow Up a Pipeline, which is sympathetic to eco-terrorism, isn't winning over a lot of audiences despite glowing praise from left-wing reviewers. Its distributor generously booked it into 500 theaters, but so far few are watching; sales are only $600K. That's right, just over $1K per theater. That's not even breakeven. What's … [Read more...]
Happy Earth Day! /Sarc
Earth Day is an annual celebration to support "environmental protection" -- no, not primarily to promote good things like clean air and clean water, but to fight global warming, excuse me, climate change, via massive government regulation, control, and spend on a world scale. All this is justified by claims that doom is nearly upon us and can only be averted by radical change … [Read more...]