Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video: Movies for the Libertarian Millennium

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9780970962508: Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video: Movies for the Libertarian Millennium

This unparalleled reference is the first guide ever to libertarian-themed films. It contains over 250 reviews of films touching upon subjects such as free speech, the draft, drug laws, taxation, regulation, sexual liberty, immigration, and many more.

These insightful film selections, accumulated through exhaustive research, are:

*A handy source of recommended outreach material for libertarian activists
*A fun way for newcomers to libertarianism to become familiar with freedom-oriented ideas
*A source of inspiration and pleasure for anyone interested in liberty.

This book is a must-read and an important reference for all liberty-loving people.

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This is a guide to films and videos of particular interest to libertarians.

A few films, like Harry's War and The Fountainhead, are well known for their advocacy of freedom and individualism. But many others dealing with such themes have yet to receive the attention they deserve. In what follows, I have tried to systematically identify and assess as many such films and videos as possible.

I have adopted a "big tent" approach to libertarianism in two respects. First, libertarianism comprises a whole range of political positions, from a purely pragmatic preference for limited government to out-and-out anarchism. These positions in turn imply varying degrees of enthusiasm for particular applications of libertarian principles. Taking a neutral path, I have included films and videos of interest to any and every shade of the libertarian political spectrum.

Second, libertarianism is more than just a political position. For many, libertarian political convictions arise out of deeply held philosophical beliefs that transcend politics. Randians, for example, put reason and self-interest first, and derive the need for political freedom from those concepts. Others come to libertarian political conclusions out of concern for social tolerance, for personal responsibility, or for economic efficiency. Alongside films and videos that depict the dangers of too much government, I have also included those that address these underlying concerns.

In short, this guide has something for everyone under the libertarian sun. Not everyone will agree with every choice I have made. But I hope all will find much to enjoy.

A few conventions: "Based on a true story" means that the film largely reflects actual events, though possibly with some literary adjustment. "Inspired by actual events" is weaker, indicating that the film has some basis in fact but with more substantial literary adjustment. For the most part, I have excluded Motion Picture Association of America ratings (G, PG, R, etc.). In my opinion, these ratings are often misleading. Instead, when a film depicts notable violence, I have so indicated in its review. Some reviews contain references to other films; in such cases when the referred-to film is also listed in this guide, its title will appear in bold.

About the Author:

Jon Osborne is the publisher of "Miss Liberty's Film & TV Update," a weekly e-newsletter covering libertarian film and television. He is also a financial analyst and a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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