Category Archives: Film and Television

Thomas Pynchon’s New Novel, Anarcho-Capitalism, and Insurance Companies

For those readers who are unaware, Thomas Pynchon–author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Inherent Vice, and, most recently, Bleeding Edge–is by far one of my favorite authors. In fact, he probably takes second place at the moment, … Continue reading

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Kubrick and the Nuclear Apocalypse

As I research next week’s column on the past nuclear mishaps of the United States and the potential for future accidental annihilation, I am reminded of Stanley Kubrick’s take on how Dr. Strangelove came to be a comedy. As I … Continue reading

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Earlier today, while I was eagerly awaiting the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, I stumbled across a blog post on the subject from Glen Whitman of the Agoraphilia blog. Whitman takes issue with the argument–propagated through various memes as well …

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The Mises Institute has just posted an absolutely fantastic excerpt from Paul Cantor’s book The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV. Cantor is actually a colleague of a professor of mine, Michael Valdez Moses, …

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So, as of last night, I have caught up on Showtime’s Homeland, which just finished its second season. I’m really enjoying the series so far, and I’m convinced that the first season has a lot of echoes of Cold War espionage …

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Atlas Shrugged Part II: Hank Rearden Confuses his Principles

I just this afternoon went to see the second installment in the Atlas Shrugged series. With double the budget of the opening film, this one was a little less poorly executed than its predecessor–the entirely new cast was a little better, the … Continue reading

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Jury Nullification in Kansas?

Reason’s Hit & Run blog is featuring an interesting post on a trial in Kansas involving petty marijuana use. The jury, rather than the judge, has more or less thrown out the case on its own, by virtue of the … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Tucker on the False Dichotomy of The Dark Knight Rises

The always spot-on Jeff Tucker with a strong explication of the recent The Dark Knight Rises: Its Politics and Ours. I agree with almost everything that Tucker says but, in some ways, see a slightly different tinge to the Dark Knight … Continue reading

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Serenity, Firefly, and Free Societies

For those who aren’t familiar, Firefly was a short-lived television series on Fox that ran for all of fourteen episodes in late 2002 before being cancelled. Since its cancellation, the series–which has a decided anti-authoritarian, anti-state bent–has gained an aggressive cult … Continue reading

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Kubrick’s Gold Story

Rob Ager does a series of videos on what he interprets as a gold standard narrative behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Ager makes a pretty compelling case, and draws from the director’s personal letters and correspondences. He even spots Woodrow … Continue reading

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