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As you may or may not know, Atlas Shrugged is still in theaters. It holds the unique qualification of being one of the few movies to get almost universally bad press (although the media has been sure to not mention it at all whenever possible). Having seen it this past weekend, I went in with an objective eye (being sure to not let my love of the book taint my review of the movie), and I left that theater angry.
I was not angry at the adaptation, in fact I quite enjoyed the movie (as did the 3 other people I saw it with). No I was angry at the overwhelming negative reviews: simply put, many them are unwarranted (and I left wondering if many had been “prewritten” before the movie was viewed).
Before I address the common criticisms of the movie, I did have a couple of criticisms of my own. I am an adamant movie buff, watching many per week. While I truly enjoyed the movie, I do think there are some improvements to be made before the next installment:
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EconStories.tv knocks one out of the park with the sequel to it’s Keynes vs. Hayek rap battle. This video is a well crafted argument, and ultimately a solid depiction of American economic policy. 2011 is not even half way through, but I am doubting anyone exceeds the cleverness and production quality of this intelligent satire.Read More »
The Time is Ripe for Reform
Ever since my first persuasive writing class in college, back in 2002, I have been an outspoken marijuana reform activist. It only took the United States 10 years to recognize that Prohibition doesn’t work (as it only creates untaxed crime), yet Prohibition 2.0 has been running for 40+ years despite being clunkier, less effective, and at times undermining the advancement of our society. China recently released a counter report on human rights against the United States, and the saddest part is that this piece of propaganda made a valid point. Why does the “land of the free” have 5% of the world population yet 25% of the world’s prisoners? Why are so many minorities locked up, that the ratios cannot be rationally justified? These were all issues I wrote about last year on the subject of marijuana reform.Read More »
Do not ever say that the desire to “do good” by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
- Ayn Rand
4/15 Atlas Shrugged Releases
Relying heavily on a grassroots following from fans of the book, the independent film Atlas Shrugged releases to selected theaters tomorrow. (Find One Near You). I made it a goal of mine to get through Rand’s version of Atlas Shrugged before I watched the movie. It was lengthy and long winded at points, but it’s also an impressively detailed and elaborate argument for the philosophy of individualism. If you agree with her philosophy you’ll get sucked into the story she uses to illustrate her points, while even those that fundamentally disagree will be forced to think. Like a strategist, she combines an insightful analysis of human behavior coupled with first hand experience of the then “cutting edge” political philosophies (which still rule).
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