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Libertarianism at the Movies   Leave a comment

Brad and I don’t go to the movies very often, preferring to spend our money on other things, but he’s still resting a tweaked knee so decided not to hike to our cabin site this weekend. Boredom drove him to decide we needed a date night at the movies.

Good movies and television often reflect the attitudes of the times in which they were created. Captain America: Civil War may be one of those great movies that reflect the emergence of some sort of counterculture. Here we are in 2016 where political correctness, state worship, and socialist propaganda have infected higher education and Hollywood to a seemingly monolithic extent, but Civil War shines forth a libertarian theme.

We were forewarned by a reviewer that Marvel Entertainment had “ruined” the Captain American character by making him “uncharacteristically libertarian” and invoking Ayn Rand.

That’s fine with us, but our teenager pointed out that Captain America may have always seemed a defender of liberty to those of us who read the comic books, but that he’s been a rule-breaking anarchist at the movies.

Kyle points out that in the 1st movie, Steve Rogers forged his own forms, defied orders to enter enemy territory and rescued hostages against official orders while in Winter Soldier, he became an enemy of the state. So why is anyone surprised that the character might take a position in oppisition to the US government and the United Nations in the third movie?


To be perfectly honest, Captain America is not the poster child for the United States of Power. He has consistently been a representative of individual liberty. You want an example. In the first movie, he was asked if he wanted to kill Nazis. He protested that he didn’t want to kill anyone, but that someone had to stand up to bullies. That’s very much the non-aggression principle that libertarians say is the highest ideal of their philosophy. Self-defense and standing up to bullies is justifiable because someone else iniated the aggression. In the second movie, his fight against Shield’s spy drone had nothing to do with whether people had voted for it, but because the machine’s ability to kill anyone upon collection of data showing them to be a possible threat was a violation of individual rights.


So, I’m not going to write any spoilers, but I’m going to suggest you go watch the movie. It had the requisite explosions for Kyle and Brad, but I found a lot of themes to think about as well.

I’ll give you a hint, though. Iron Man provides a foil for Captain America that is quite striking.


Posted May 21, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Anarchy, Uncategorized

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I love movies because they are not books and, as a writer, that offers a refreshing change of pace. Sometimes when I’m stuck on building the atmosphere of a scene, I plug in one of my favorite movies to help that along.

I will admit that I don’t have A favorite movie. There are a lot of movies that I remember fondly, that I would watch again, that are among my favorites.

I have extremely ecclectic tastes, so some movies are my “favorite” by genre and stack up pretty equally to others in different genres.

My favorite sci-fi movie of all time is Aliens because it kept my heart pumping from start to finish. Michael Biehn and Sigorney Weaver really sold their roles and Bill Paxson was hilarious. Best line of the movie — when told they can’t use their pulse rifles because they’re in close proximity to a nuclear reactor, someone says “What are we supposed to use — harsh language?” And the Bill Paxson death scene — wow!

On the other hand, my favorite COMEDIC sci-fi movie is The Last Star Fighter for it’s blow-Coke-through-your-nose humor.

Favorite horror movie – Alien — yes, the original, which only pretended to be a sci-fi, but was really a horror film. I still have a scar on my wrist where my friend Kathy dug her nails into me for the duration. Good times! I have seen it several times and I still jump when that tail drops out of the cooling tower.

Favorite fantasy movie — all three of LOTR movies combined. I don’t think I need to say why, right? Like the books (which was written as a single volume and then broken into a trilogy), these movies are best to be viewed altogether … though, yes, that poses complications in the food, working and bladder departments, though our family has spent some Saturdays doing it. Thank goodness for the Pause button.

Favorite romantic comedy – Dave, about a man who looks like the sitting president, who has suffered a stroke, so Dave, who is an actor, is hired to be the president while the administration figures out what to do about it. Funny, romantic and no sex, violence or crude language without trying to actually be a “clean” view. The ethical discussions do not weigh down the laughs.

Favorite western – the original True Grit. John Wayne at his best and Kim Darby should have had a bigger career. The more recent lacked the magic.

My favorite classic – Billy Budd – starring Terrance Stamp. My generation remembers Stamp as General Zaad of Superman (another great movie and great Stamp role), but long before he played that role, he was about 17 years old playing a British seaman on a man’o’war who is executed for standing up to a bully. It’s black and white, decent cinematography (I’ve seen a remaster), and the acting — absolutely the best.

My husband likes his movies to feature explosions and his wife has learned to embrace the bang. Favorite action-adventure with TNT is Chain Reaction. Keanu Reeves actually convinced me he could act in that film.

Favorite thriller – Jagged Edge with Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close. Why? Being a writer, I usually have a movie’s ending figured out before the halfway mark. This one kept me guessing until the last scene and that is extremely rare.

If it came right down to it and I had to pick a favorite movie of all time, across all genres — I’m drawing lots on this one — It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ve seen it dozens of times and I’ve never gotten tired of it.

But, hey, there are great movies coming out all the time and I might find a new “favorite” this winter.

What are yours?

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Posted October 25, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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