Re: [RLC-Action] Libertarian Movies?
- What about the Fountainhead?On Feb 19, 2008 5:53 AM, Jeff Palmer <jap1@...> wrote:
Mainstream movies are an ideal vehicle for conveying the libertarian
message; one can recommend them to a mainstream audience without placing
them on guard against political proselytizing. Our recently reinvigorated
North Carolina RLC is getting a website together with features intended to
attract high mainstream GOP activist traffic. A "Top 10 List" of movie
recommendations would be a neat feature. Here's a first-first draft. . .
- Atlas Shrugged - "A powerful railroad executive struggles to keep her
business alive while society is crumbling around her; based on the 1957
novel by Ayn Rand; [DUE IN] 2008" [. . .]
- The Battle of Algiers - "A surprisingly unbiased, documentary-like
account of the bloodiest revolution in modern history; 3 Oscar nominations;
1966" [The moral-ambiguity of "terrorists" versus "freedom fighters"; a
stark reminder that even "civilized" western countries resort to barbaric
behavior in times of war.]
- Brazil - "A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an
administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state; directed by
Terry Gilliam; 1985" [Bureaucratic absurdity, . . .]
- Fahrenheit 451 - "In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to
destroy all books begins to question his task; based upon the Ray Bradbury
novel; 1966" [Free speech, . . .]
- I, Robot - "In the year 2035, a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime
that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to
humanity; based upon the novel by Isaac Asimov, 2004" [. . .]
- Shenandoah - "A Virginia farmer finds himself and his family in the
middle of the Civil War; starring Jimmy Stewart; 1965" [Property rights,
individualism, military conscription, personal responsibility, . . .]
- Sirens - "A white woman relentlessly seeks justice against two racist
policemen who accidentally killed her black ex-husband and had their
department cover it up; starring Dana Delany; 1999" [Injustice, . . .]
- Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith[?] - ". . .; 2005" [. . .]
- V for Vendetta - "A shadowy freedom fighter known only as 'V' uses
terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society; starring
Natalie Portman; 2005" [ . . . ]
Obviously, the generic movie descriptions above will have to be modified to
give the libertarian morals of the stories.
Any comments/suggestions/additions welcome! Specifically, does anyone
[Cliff?] still have Cliff Theis's great movie review of one of the Star Wars
movies [I forget which one] which summarized the plot in libertarian vs.
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Similarly, clips of popular TV shows with a libertarian message would be a
powerful tool, e.g.:
Barney Fife Reciting the Preamble of the Constitution:
"Keep in mind this was done for a public that had about 40 years
LESS of government schooling than we have today. (Imagine recent presidents
playing the Barney Fife role!)"
Captain Kirk Rebestowing the U.S. Constitution on the Huddled Masses of the
". . ."
Again, comments, suggestions, and especially additions welcome!
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Does anyone have any concise libertarian quotes from well-known movies
and/or actors to add to those below?
Jeff Palmer - jap1@...
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Quotes of the Week: "If the rights of the individual are not respected by
the group, the group itself cannot exist for long." -- Jo Stockton (Audrey
Hepburn), Funny Face, 1957
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"So this is how freedom dies: To thunderous applause." -- Padmé (Natalie
Portman), Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith, 2005
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"I don't think this place is half as nice as Tiffany's." -- Holly Golightly
(Audrey Hepburn) noting the difference between private sector and government
sector customer service, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961
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