Reason TV recently did a light-hearted piece on Libertarian movies. I thought it somewhat wide of the mark and so I present some personal choices for great films with Libertarian themes, and of course I invite you to do likewise. You have to be sick of the mandatory but un-watchable Christmas offerings, right?
First is the 1960 classic “Spartacus” Apart from some giants of the screen, Olivier, Douglas, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov there is much to love about this one. Epic battle scenes, beautiful sets, some censor-busting stuff about oysters and snails, great dialogue, casting a black man as a hero (Woody Strode) and of course the eternal struggle between slaves and those who would oppress them. Quite beautiful.
The we have “The Outlaw Josey Wales” You knew there would be an Eastwood film in there somewhere right? The refusal to bow down to corrupt murdering authority and general manliness of Eastwood is something to behold.
Looking at the classics I love “Gone with the wind” Is there a better character in all of Hollywood than Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler? You love the blockade running and the great line to the effect “Cause? I believe in Rhett Butler, he’s the only cause I care about” Great stuff. That and I seem to have a weakness for beautiful, slender but emotionally unstable dark women*
Then we have another Maverick from Hollywood’s golden era “Casablanca” Sure Rick gets a bit selfless at the end but for most of the movie he is a tough, wise-cracking individualist, even at the end he had paid off the police more or less so we can forgive him that one.
That’s my take, what warms the cockles of your liberty-minded hearts?
* You may guess Mrs SAoT does not read this blog