Episode 25 – The Running Man (1:11:00)

In what could become a string of Arnold movies that we do in coming months, we take on the dystopian-nightmare in the post-economic collapse world of 2017 to discuss the Stephen King inspired film, the Running Man.  The movie is right up our alley as an anti-authoritarian message that shows the propaganda and entertainment that is pushed to maintain control over the masses.  Get strapped into your metal-under-the-city-bobsled and journey with us into the arena.

In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is “The Running Man” — a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.

It’s a fun popcorn flick with peak Schwarzenegger and one of the worst villains (on a scale of corny-ness) in cinematic film history:


Chico making his attempted escape:

The ridiculousness of Jesse “the Body” Ventura:

The classic revenge line from Arnold to Killian:

Here is an article reflecting on the technology on display 30 years after the movies was made (and in which it is set at the very beginning):


Wikipedia entry:



If you too are inspired by Arnie to start working out again, check out Turbulence Training at:  www.ReadRothbard.com/TT

Here is the interview we did with the Battle for Liberty:

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