If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how many words are moving pictures worth? Add in a script and you have actual words—potentially quite substantive words—grounding all that pictorial worth. Moving pictures, or movies for short, are capable of conveying substantial meaning to audiences. In the case of the film, Snowden (2016), the meaning is heavy in political theory. In particular, democratic theory. The film’s value lies in depicting how far short the U.S. Government has slipped from the theory, and, indeed, the People to which that government is in theory accountable.
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Economists are sometimes considered to be a bit odd, and the same thing is sometimes said about libertarians. And since I’m a libertarian economist, I realize that makes me doubly suspect. So when I’ve written about the desirability of market-based organ transplants (see here, here, and here), I realize some people will instinctively object because […]
Continue reading The Deadly Impact of Government Regulations on Organ Transplants
Libertarians are sometimes described as people who don’t want the government to interfere in either the bedroom or boardroom, which is a shorthand way of saying that there should be both personal freedom and economic freedom. Based on this preference for liberty and a desire to avoid government coercion, what’s the most libertarian nation in […]
Continue reading Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, which Nation Has the Most Total Freedom of All?
Proponents of liberty generally are big fans of federalism. In part, this is simply an issue of “good governance” since both voters and lawmakers at the state and local level are more likely to actually understand the real issues in communities and be able to develop policies that are more sensible. But we also like […]
Continue reading From New Hampshire at the Top to New York at the Bottom, Ranking Freedom at the State Level
Like all good libertarians, I hate waiting in government-mandated lines. Heck, you don’t even have to be a curmudgeonly libertarian to have unpleasant thoughts about the Post Office or Department of Motor Vehicles (not to mention the virtual lines that exist for people stuck on hold after calling the IRS or some other inefficient bureaucracy). […]
Continue reading Borders Limit Freedom but Promote Liberty