"My reasoning for this is that the story's main
theme is power corrupts. To me, you cannot get much more libertarian
than that." --T.P.
"Might as well nominate this one seeing as how it will almost
certainly win. It is the story of one ring that represents absolute
power over all. This absolute power is portrayed as being evil,
and the characters that have the ring seek to destroy it."
"Personal Responsibility Theme. Not something you ususally
discuss, but it is totally indivisible from the idea of personal
freedom or liberty-- just can't have one without the other. My view:
the "L" party has to become the Responsibility party to move from
1% party to a 50% party. And we can do so without changing our views
at all". --H.H.
"From what I remember, the year 2001 was a fairly thin & dismal
year for movies with Libertarian themes, but the winner has to be
'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.' I had heard a great
deal about this film for over a year before its release and was
expecting a great deal, but I was not prepared for the mastery with
which Peter Jackson rendered Tolkien's core theme of the corrupting
nature of power. In particular, the scenes of raw inner conflict
between Bilbo Baggins' upright, decent character and the intensely
evil lure of the ring were magnificently rendered. My instant relief
at learning that LOTR hadn't fallen into the hands of Spielberg
was confirmed by Jackson's brilliant work." --G.G.
"This is an easy one -- the best libertarian film of the year
is Lord of the Rings." --N.S.
"I nominate Lord of the Rings for best Libertarian Movie."
"Shows the corruption of power." --G.A.
"It was an awesome spectacle with strong Libertarian values.
"It's not all that clear to me that the vague and mystical
Rings represent the kind of Power that really corrupts. Instead
I see a parallel to the ancient religious idea that knowledge is
bad (Eve and the apple) and we cannot return to edenic medieval
bliss unless we stay ignorant and destroy the source of that power.
This is what the Luddites did." --B.M.
"My teenage son, who has been struggling to get his father's
libertarianism, understood the message in the movie. 'Nuff said."
"This movie shows, in gripping dramatic fashion, how the drive
of some to fight for freedom survives and thrives, even under the
most repressive conditions-- and how those who fight for freedom
can tap into a source of strength that those who fight to repress
don't understand and can't keep up with." --L.B.
"Ditto. I might add it's a really powerful film." --R.J.
"Of course libertarians support an uprising in the Warsaw
Ghetto, but so would almost any current political faction opposed
to rape, murder or cannibalism for that matter. To rank as a 'libertarian
film' it's not enough, in my opinion, that the film be against evil.
It should in some way uniquely portray and contrast the special
nature of the libertarian position to all the other points of view
that also deplore the Nazi's." --B.M.
"Details a filmaker's struggle with the Indian Censorship
"Never saw it but heard of it. A weak film but strong libertarian
anti-censorship content. Nice to see some foreign films are getting
"Sounds good but a theme against censorship is not, thankfully,
a uniquely libertarian position." --B.M.
"Yes, Jim Carrey sleepwalks through most of the movie, but
it's an open hearted and warm movie, with a powerful message about
freedom of speech and the character of the American people and idea.'"
"Part Frank Capra, part Thomas Jefferson. A heartwarming film
with a positive message." --B.S.
"I really liked this film." --B.T.
"The ambiguous muddle surrounding Hollywood's treatment of
the McCarthy hearings disturbs me. Yes, it is libertarian to support
free speech. Yes, we abhor false accusations. But it is also libertarian
to support my right to not hire (blacklist) people who's ideas I
detest. What would we hear from Hollywood if the McCarthy hearings
had been about Nazis or the Klan? Isn't it important whether these
people were communists (supporters and agents) of not? Or is it
just that Commies were so well meaning and the Nazis were not? A
moral mess." --B.M.
"From IMBD: 'In the near future where pencils and paper are
prohibited, Trenton (Olle Agelli) needs a No. 2 pencil. He's almost
done with the last chapter of a manifesto. But in a world where
the sharing of ideas is under strict government regulation, this
proves to be a daunting task. Culver, a young aspiring writer (Mick
Lauer), runs an underground business selling illegal contraband
to rebels like himself. The two characters are forced to engage
one of the government's enforcing agents (Phillip James Griffith)
in this sci-fi short film.'" --J.O.
"Historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in
which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss
the 'Final Solution to the Jewish Question.' The tagline: One Meeting--Six
Million Lives." --J.O.
"'Training Day' is one of the most gripping portrayals of
the corruption of power to grace the screen in some time. Densel
Washington's gives a brilliant performance as a cop corrupted by
his power. What makes Washington's character so fascinating is that
he continues to believe in his essential righteous; in his mind
all his actions are justifiable by his status as a law enforcement
officer in a corrupt world. The fact that the corruption portrayed
in 'Training Day' is a result of the War on Drugs is just icing
on the libertarian cake. Be aware that this movie does suffer from
some script problems, especially at the end. Those problems aside,
this is still an excellent movie to show your non-libertarian friends
who wonder why you oppose creating a Police State to fight Drugs
(or terrorism)." --N.S.
Enemy at the Gates
"Early in 2001, 'Enemy at the Gates' was released. In spite
of its Soviet sniper as hero, the anti-Soviet message is clear.
Joseph Fiennes' speech toward the end symbolizes the entire film's
belief in the absurdity of the U.S.S.R.'s attempt to eliminate the
difference between rich and poor: 'There will always be men who
are rich or poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor
in love.' Rand would have loved it." --M.B.
"I wouldn't call this libertarian at all. More about the conflict
between Marxism and Nazism." --O.E.
"How is a war film libertarian? Isn't that what we're against?"
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"I will suggest 'Ghost World' on the basis of its social tolerance
theme. I haven't seen the movie, but a lot of people really liked
it; it's currently in the IMDB 'Top 250 Movies' list." --D.N.
"Sure, the bad guys once again are ruthless business people.
Still, it becomes a movie about tolerance and ethics." --A.M.
"One of my favorite movies of 2001; very individualistic movie
that some people might perceive as altruistic, yet I saw it instead
as benevolent. The main character tries to help others, yet is not
afraid to work in some personal justice. A great blend of humor,
romance, comedy, and cinematography'" --A.M.
"Nobody does a better job of making the libertarian case than
John Stossel. This documentary is one of his best. First, Stossel
demonstrates that people are taxed even more than they realize. Then
he shows how absurdly inefficiently the tax money is spent. And finally,
he contrasts this inefficiency with the good that free markets do.
Wonderful to see." --K.L.
"Awesome summary of goverment inefficiency. It
was so great, I watched it twice." --H.L.
"Best Documentary - John Stossel Goes to Washington"
"It was an excellent piece." --B.G.
Tampering With Nature
News Summary/ Laissez-Faire
"This documentary so upset the environmental Lefties that
they tried to get John Stossel fired. No wonder! It's a direct attack
on their anti-progress anti-capitalist agenda. The video of this
documentary was on Laissez-Faire Book's best seller list for something
like six months, just about a record as far as I know." -C.B.
"Terrific defense of science against environmental extremism."
The F.L.I.R. Project
Home Page/ Laissez-Faire
Books Review/ Lew
Rockwell Review/ Konformist
"I was stunned by this video. Emmy Award winning reporter
Mike McNulty, best known for 'Waco: Rules of Engagement' makes an
incredibly strong case that the Feds have continued to cover up
the full truth about Waco even now." -L.B.
"A great follow-up to the Academy Award nominated 'Waco: The
Rules of Engagement.'" --O.C.
The System: The Interrogation of Michael Crowe
Home Page/ Wins
"This documentary, concerning the coerced confession of a
14-year old boy, won the 'Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism' and is the basis for the
Court TV made-for-TV movie 'The Interrogation of Michael Crowe.'
More evidence, as if it was needed, that interrogations should always
be videotaped." -J.O.