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.
Esoteric Entity joins us to discuss the Robert Reich’s “Inequality For All” – a leftist-propaganda puff-piece that caters to the uninformed and lowest common denominator for economic analysis.
Described on Amazon, where it has over a thousand GLOWING reviews as:
A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, Inequality for All features Robert Reich–professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member–as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. The film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this Inconvenient Truth for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us.
I’m sure you’ll find that we disagree with this assessment and the Amazon reviews.
You can find Esoteric Entity’s excellent YouTube channel here:
Man of Steel is a new origin take on Superman wrestling with a past he can’t comprehend and a future he cannot escape. As a young boy he learns he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. Faced with a threat from survivors of Krypton who wish to repopulate their civilization with Earth as a host planet – wiping out humanity. Superman must reveal himself to the world in order to protect it.
Steven Clyde joins us to discuss “First They Killed My Father” a 2017 biographical historical thriller film directed by Angelina Jolie currently available on Netflix. The story is about Loung Ung, based on her memoir detailing how she as a 5-year-old girl embarks on a harrowing quest for survival amid the sudden rise and terrifying reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Steven writes for the site and is always has a fun and interesting take on all things related to liberty and Murray Rothbard. We would each other in the Tom Woods Elite last year and have become good friends.
Here is the recent article he referenced in our discussion:
Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975. They soon begin a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodians die. Forced from her family’s home in Phnom Penh, Ung is trained as a child soldier while her six siblings are sent to labor camps.