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Passion-Driven Education and The Little Prince

The Little Prince, which Netflix released this month, is a charming story about retaining our child-like curiosity throughout our lives. The film recounts two different stories; one follows the story of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella of the same title. In it the Narrator, known as The Aviator, crashes in the Sahara desert, and meets […]

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The Dark Knight and the Delegation of Violence

In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight,  The Joker runs rampant in Gotham, and as a part of his reign of terror he decides to perform a little “social experiment”. As people flee Gotham The Joker disables two ferries each with a bomb on board. One ship’s passengers are entirely normal, everyday citizens, and the other […]

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You’ve Been Lied To About Lincoln

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” As beautiful as that is and as much as I’d like to believe it, it’s not really true. Like any good politician, Abraham Lincoln knew […]

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Kuzcotopia and Eminent Domain

The Emperor’s New Groove is a delightfully fun movie with a simple plot that revolves around Kuzco, a young, egoistic, and entitled emperor of a pre-columbian mesoamerican empire. One central point of the plot revolves around Kuzco telling the leader of a farming village that he’s going to evict the villagers and build his summer […]

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A Bug’s Life and the Compulsion of the State

In A Bug’s Life, Disney and Pixar’s second project together, they retell the classic tale from Aesop’s fables “The Ant and the Grasshopper”… with a twist. In the original story the ant is hard at work all summer long gathering food for the coming winter, while the grasshopper does nothing but sing and dance and […]

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The Lego Movie, Conformity and Public Education

“The Lego Movie” was a surprise hit. I remember thinking to myself “A movie about Legos? It’s sure to flop!” Though when positive review after positive review came out (even earning an almost unheard of 96% on rottentomates.com) I had to see what the fuss was about and why everyone was raving about Legos. After […]

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Zootopia and the Follies of Democracy

Zootopia, Disney’s latest movie, is a delightfully animated story set in a world where all mammals, both predators and prey live together in peace, for the most part at least. The story centers around Judy Hopps, a small-town, country rabbit, who dreams of being the first ever rabbit police officer in the big city, Zootopia. […]

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Harry Potter and the Basis of Political Power

Harry Potter’s primary opponent is Lord Voldemort, but is he any different from villain Dolores Umbridge?

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Tron’s True Legacy: Spontaneous Order

Disney's Tron: Legacy
Disney’s Tron: Legacy

 

Tron’s protagonist, Sam Flynn, goes looking for his dad, whodisappeared twenty years previous. In the course of his search Sam gets sucked into the same computer his father was and finds a society of programs represented in human form. This society is ruled over by CLU, a program created by Sam’s father to create the “perfect” society. This includes destroying defective programs, and making dissident programs fight each other in brutal death matches.

When Sam Flynn finally does find his father, Kevin Flynn, he learns that CLU had turned on his own creator because they had different ideas of what constituted “perfection”. Kevin explains that at one point certain programs had spontaneously generated. Kevin grew to see this a a miracle whereas his creation CLU saw them as an imperfection. Kevin learned what many libertarians already know, that “perfection” is not the forceful implementation of any one man’s vision, but is the order that spontaneously occurs when people can interact voluntarily.  Any time someone endeavors to use force to mold the world into their version of perfection, this miraculous, spontaneous order must be crushed. Such a dynamic is ubiquitous in the world around us. One poignant example is the conflict between traditional taxi companies and ride sharing companies like Lyft and Uber. Read more

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Captain America: Champion of Due Process

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one badass movie. As well as being a great movie it also explores themes like privacy, civil liberties and government overreach. The story starts out with Steve Rogers AKA Captain America (Chris Evans) trying to adjust to the 21st century and working for SHIELD a government organization that is overseen and controlled by a transnational board of directors called the “World Security Council”. SHIELD’s goal is to protect the world from violent attacks such as terrorism, political unrest etc.

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