Episode 32 – Don’t Breathe (1:14:52)

Just Robert and me, just me and Robert on this one, talking about the 2016 home-invasion thriller Don’t Breathe.  Plenty of moral ambiguity and twists and turns in this one.  It’s almost like this movie was made for this podcast.  We sink in for almost as long as the movie on some pretty tough questions.  This is a fun episode.

The Googz:

Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.


Wiki:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Breathe

Sure, Rocky and the rest of the people in Detroit are in a terrible situation.  And we outline many of the reasons in the episode, but despite understanding the motivation behind the actions taken, they are still violations of the NAP.

As terrible as Rocky’s situation was, it does not justify her breaking into the blind man’s home.

The H.L. Mencken quote we reference:

Rothbard’s favorite writer. Easy to see why.

The the Blind Man suggests that the belief in a god is the only thing holding people back from doing terrible things, we counter with the following from Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame:

No need for god or government to not do terrible things.

The Dapperton video where he lists “Don’t Breathe” as one of his Top 15 horror movies:

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Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/AnarchoCapitalist perspective.

We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking.   Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

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The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

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