Happy holidays everyone! And what better way to open the “commercialization” of the season than by talking about “The Founder” and how the McDonald’s corporation became the global presence it is today.
Robert and I go solo on this one and get fairly deep into the concepts of persistence, specialization and the division of labor.
This was a perfect meatball of a movie for us and we hope you enjoy it.
Catch the movie on VUDU or Netflix.
Also…check out the Black Friday discount on Liberty Classroom by Tom Woods still going…trust us, you won’t want to miss it.
And also a special deal on the “Tuttle Twins” books series, you know, for the kids:
The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.
Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Founder
During the episode, we discussed several articles, quotes and books as follows:
Rothbard quote on ignorance of economics:
Lew Rockwell quote on the perversion of language that permits evil to be more accepted by the masses:
Our appearance on “Don’t Waste Your Hate” episode 17 with Jeff and Tony; also a guest spot for Patrick MacFarlane from www.LibertyWeekly.net:
Here is the “Rocketbook Everlast” that is the “paper of the future”. You can write for a normal pen, scan the page to be auto-magically routed to any of 6 destinations of your choosing (EverNote, Google Drive, text to the wife, etc…) and then you can use a damp cloth to wipe it all off so you can do it again. Pretty amazing stuff (and no more writing random notes on envelopes for me!):
For an analysis of how government programs fail forward and always have a justification for higher budgets and more head count, check out:
Ludwig von Mises’ book, “Bureaucracy“:
In case you haven’t read it since high school, I’d suggest that you read the following article debunking the claims made in the book (and also read the Murray Rothbard chapter from “The Progressive Era” listed below) before reading Sinclair again.
I think you’ll find his claims glaringly propagandistic and socialist upon further review.
Upton Sinclair’s book, “The Jungle“:
Last year’s Black Friday episode on “Fight Club”:
Happy holidays everyone, and we wish you safe travels.
Thank you for joining us on this episode of the Actual Anarchy Podcast!
The Actual Anarchy Podcast is all about Maximum Freedom.
Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/Anarcho-Capitalist perspective. If it’s voluntary, we’re cool with it. If it’s not, then it violated the Non-Aggression Principle and Property Rights – the core tenants of Libertarian Theory – and hence – human freedom.
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.
We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film.
The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.
We publish new episodes on Sunday just in time for your Monday commute; and occasionally will do specials surrounding holidays or events (elections/olympics).
For our show where we talk about movies from a Rothbardian/Anarcho-Capitalist perspective, we often watch them on our various devices via Netflix, Amazon Prime or on VUDU (which lets you redeem UV content as well). The VUDU one is nice because once it is in there, you know it will still be there a few months later:
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