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).
Robert and I start to implement a few optimizations to the format of the show as we discuss Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” which is an excellent movie that uses perceptions related to race to mask the narrative of the story. We both really enjoyed this one and appreciate you bearing with us as we implement updates to the show.
We travel to a galaxy far, far way with the Professional A$$hole to talk about episode VIII of the latest Star Wars trilogy of trilogies, “the Last Jedi“. The Star Wars saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join galactic legends in an epic adventure unlocking mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
The Last Jedi, flop or not? SJW pandering or not?
We get into some deep nerdery on this one, and of course: spoilers all the time.
Here are the Professional A$$hole’s two prior appearances:
We discuss yet another Christmas classic from the 80’s, Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd in a modern-day (progressive) interpretation of the Prince and the Pauper.
We are joined by Trey Weaver of the Subversion Webcast (the newest member of the Libertarian Union, and all around good guy) to discuss this nature vs. nurture, social engineering, comedy that has perhaps even more relevance today than it did in 1983.
Kyle from Foreign Policy Focus joins us to talk about the Brad Pitt movie, War Machine which is a satire on the quagmire of US foreign policy in Afghanistan. The story follows a charismatic general who in a policy of “change guys” seems to think he and hit team will be the solution to winning the hearts and minds of the population, and thus the war itself.
We were very happy to Kyle join us to bring a level of expertise that would otherwise be missing from an analysis of a film such as this.
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.
Walter Block joins us for our Thanksgiving Special. Being the beginning of the holiday season, with good will toward man and all that, it felt appropriate to discuss charitable giving and the premises of the documentary, “Poverty Inc.“.
One recommendation, before watching the movie, please read the article by Block and Fryzek, then watch, then re-read the paper. You will get much more out of the movie and gain some economic insights that are easily missed.