Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Pulp Fictional History by Tomas Engle: "While the graphics never went downhill, the script proceeded to practically nosedive into a redux of Bush's 'freedom and liberty' Inauguration speech whenever Leonidas opened his mouth. Before the major battle even begins one is besieged by inconsistencies and blatant parallels. 'Reluctant to battle' Sparta is forced into a war with Persia in order to 'defend logic and reason' from the 'tyranny and slavery of Asia' and are being hampered at home only by the Spartan council politicians who are being paid off by the enemy to not fund the Spartan army; it was like National Review commissioned its own version of reality."
Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae by Dennis Behreandt: "300 is not the first to posit that the Spartans at Thermopylae were fighting for their freedom against the invading hosts of an oriental despot. That has often been the way in which Thermopylae has been portrayed. But for all its noble heroism, Thermopylae was not about freedom, for the Spartans were not free, not as we understand freedom today."
300 by Max Raskin: "How can a society where young boys are kidnapped and trained for military service possibly be considered free? A scene in the movie portrays the 300 approaching a group of non-Spartan Greeks; when the ragtag Greeks explains that they are bakers, farmers, and potters by profession, the Spartans reply with a jockish 'ugh,' announcing that they are killers by profession. How can a society where all men are killing machines possibly maintain a division of labor and produce valuable goods and services? When the State forces the resources of society into war through conscription, taxation, and inflation, those resources are diverted from other more useful projects…like producing togas."
Monday, March 27, 2006
The Man Behind the Mask by Joshua Katz
The Man Behind the Mask by Joshua Katz: "V is a true libertarian hero"
Thursday, March 23, 2006
'V for Vendetta' by Butler Shaffer
'V for Vendetta' by Butler Shaffer One of my favorite writers, Butler Shaffer, on V for Vendetta.
James Wolcott: The Red and the Black
James Wolcott: The Red and the Black: "V for Vendetta may be--why hedge? is--the most subversive cinematic deed of the Bush-Blair era, a dagger poised in midair. "
MILE HIGH COMICS presents THE BEAT at COMICON.com: A FOR ALAN, Pt. 1: The Alan Moore interview
MILE HIGH COMICS presents THE BEAT at COMICON.com: A FOR ALAN, Pt. 1: The Alan Moore interview: "As far I'm concerned, the two poles of politics were not Left Wing or Right Wing. In fact they're just two ways of ordering an industrial society and we're fast moving beyond the industrial societies of the 19th and 20th centuries. It seemed to me the two more absolute extremes were anarchy and fascism. This was one of the things I objected to in the recent film, where it seems to be, from the script that I read, sort of recasting it as current American neo-conservatism vs. current American liberalism. There wasn't a mention of anarchy as far as I could see. The fascism had been completely defanged." - Alan Moore
Natalie Portman Interview
HERE : "I think that all of the questions that I wonder about relating to violence ultimately breakdown to that we categorize violence. We put judgment values on different kinds of violence, that some kinds are acceptable and legitimate, and that some kinds are unacceptable and illegitimate. That we say state violence is legitimized and individual violence is not. We say unintentional killing is better than intentional killing. We say killing a civilian is worse than killing a soldier, even if the soldier is 18 and has to serve in the military in their country. We say that committing suicide when committing violence is bad, but giving your life for you country is heroic. And these sort of categories, the lines between them are very thin, and sometimes making these categories trivializes the effects of violence which are equally horrific everywhere. I don't think [the film] necessarily legitimizes any sort of violence, but raises questions that might make us judge all types of violence in a harsher light, I hope.
" - Natalie Portman
" - Natalie Portman
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
The Attempted Militarization of the Jetsons - Mises Institute
The Attempted Militarization of the Jetsons - Mises Institute: "The Jetsons won't be militarized and certainly won't be nationalized"
Finding Serenity by J.E.Crosby
Finding Serenity by J.E.Crosby: "Firefly is one of the most explicitly libertarian themed shows to ever be broadcast, and the good news is that Serenity retains and expands that theme. "
Serenity Now! by J.E.Crosby
Serenity Now! by J.E.Crosby: "The settings of Firefly bear an obvious resemblance to the post-Lincoln American West. The Alliance is roughly analogous to the Union, the separatists to the Southern secessionists"
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Serenity Redux by Seth Daniels
Monday, June 27, 2005
Heroes of Star Wars: What the East Can Learn From the West by Subuddh Parekh
Monday, May 30, 2005
Star Wars and the American Empire
Sunday, May 29, 2005
Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
"We must maintain eternal vigilance, and keep speaking the truth, and the return to normalcy might surprise us in its painlessness and suddenness. As Yoda might say, Hopeful and determined we must be." - The Old Republic Has Been Swept Away… But Hope Remains by Anthony Gregory
LRC May 23, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Star Wars Episode II
Friday, May 27, 2005
Star Wars III
"The lamentations of Obi-Wan and the other Jedi that there was a right way to prosecute the Clone Wars are eerily similar to John Kerry's line last fall that there was a right way to prosecute the Iraq War" - The Lesson for the Left in Star Wars - by Jack Ross:
Anti-War May 27, 2005
So This Is How Liberty Dies?
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Star Wars Always Beats G.I. Joe
Article by Casey Khan: "So for those mothers out there who worry about the types of toys that their kids play with, steer clear of GI Joe. GI Joe’s propaganda offers us the promise of perpetual war. Its enticements of adventure and excitement lead to nothing but despair, death, and destruction. In contrast, Star Wars’ truth offers the promise of true power and true freedom, but most of all the very real hope of redemption. "
LRC May 26, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Is Bush a Sith Lord?
Star Wars Episode III
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Star Wars II
"The old republic is dying, to be replaced by the Empire." - Star Wars as a Parable by David Calderwood:
LRC May 21, 2002
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Mark Thornton Interview AUDIO!
Mark Thornton Star Wars Interview
Weekend Interview . . . May 14, 2005
Sep 20, 2004
Sep 20, 2004