There are a lot of anarchists, particularly of the capitalist variety, that know or understand very little about the free software movement, why it’s happening, and why it’s so important. For those of you who fit that description I present you with this entertaining documentary. It’s a bit dated – 2002 – but completely valid as it’s a history lesson as well as a civics lesson. Once you finish this film you, too, will be excited to start delving into free software, especially when you consider how much further the movement has come in the last decade since this film was made. Enjoy!
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This was one of my favorite speeches at Liberty Forum. Unfortunately, it happened towards the end of Sunday, which meant there were far fewer in the audience than deserved.
I really think Thaddeus Russel brings a lot of original ideas to the liberty movement. This can be a hard thing to do since we’re often left regurgitating the same ideas over and over. After listening to him speak I think it’s clear we need a paradigm shift in our behavior if we’re going to change the world. We need more than a philosophy of freedom. We need to live a culture of freedom. Enjoy!
I’m extremely delighted to see that this New Age documentary gives a sobering account of the current state of affairs. What’s best is that it comes to the same conclusions that so many of us already have. It’s not a perfect film, mind you, but it speaks to a sector of society that can only be reached by those of a similar ilk. Every day I am hearing accounts of people of all walks of life discovering the voluntaryist paradigm. I assure you that this film will help you to introduce the Non-Aggression Principle to your relative, colleague, friend, or neighbor that you’ve never quite been able to reach, simply because the language you use is from a different background.
Watch this film and expand your archive of potential videos to help you convert people from all walks of life. Some videos are better geared towards conservatives, some towards liberals, and some are geared best towards punks. This one specifically targets the New Age crowd. Enjoy, and please share this with the ones you know would appreciate it!
I first watched this movie in the early part of the 2000’s. Not only did I find it thoroughly enjoyable, but it also changed my outlook on life for the better. Before then I was a libertarian to be sure, but I was also a product of the John Birch Society. Filtering all of human action through the lenses of a conspiracy theorist, I believed that environmentalists were all a bunch of unwitting toadies for the New World Order.
I’m going to give a disclaimer right now that I am not a biochemist and cannot validate any of the medical claims made in this movie. That being said, I believe this is a must watch for anybody that still buys into the legitimacy of the Food and Drug Administration and patent protection or so-called intellectual property.
This is a gem of a find. It’s an older documentary that would have been buried deep in the annals of history were it not for the internet. I’m really impressed with the lack of any sort of bias on the part of the filmmakers. They present an equal amount of screen time to both red and yellow anarchists, as well as a shout out to the greens.
Anarchism has a rich and deep history with which I am still learning. We in the younger generation owe it to ourselves to learn our philosophical roots. It’s humbling to realize how long this struggle has lasted. I’m optimistic that we will achieve radical increases in freedom within our lifetimes. Our ancestors laid the foundation. It is our turn to stack the bricks. Enjoy!
Parts two through eight below.
This is a fascinating little documentary about the evolution of hacking. You do not have to be a techie to appreciate the stories told. If you’re an anarchist activist you should at least have a cursory understanding of the wars being waged in the digital realm. Its many nuances definitely affect our daily lives. Take, for example, the fact that this documentary was produced before the Bradley Manning scandal. Adrian Lamo, a key figure in this film, fails to understand that no good deed goes unpunished when dealing with corporations and governments. You’d think that someone of his caliber would take a few hours out of his life to learn the anarchist philosophy. Instead, he ends up being an accomplice to Bradley Manning’s torture. Enjoy!
Parts two through seven below.
I know this documentary doesn’t have much to do with anarchism. But we’re activists as well as anarchists. And in our desire to take back more control over our own lives we find that the entire government-medical-industrial-complex has been destroying our health for decades.
This documentarian has done what I’ve always wished I could do with every Michael Moore film I’ve seen, namely, produce my own documentary that systematically destroys all of the lies and half-truths to be found in his propaganda films.
And thank God for the internet. Without it these documentaries wouldn’t stand a chance at going viral like the ones pushed by Hollywood.
I can personally testify to the wonders that alternative medicine offers. I will soon be starting an ongoing series publishing personal stories about the use of products and treatments that have benefited me over the years. I encourage you to contribute your testimonials as well.
Before one decides to start living a survivalist lifestyle I highly recommend they take an honest account of their unique situation in this world and set realistic priorities. The truth is that one size does not fit all and to attempt to conform to rigid ideas of survivalism is likely a recipe for disappointment or disaster.
John Lennon was dead before I was even alive, so I don’t claim to know more about the man than people much older than me. I do know he was often slandered as a commie or a leftist, but those attacks were usually coming from people who needed to take a good look in the mirror. I’d say if one believes in socialism for military and police protection, or courts and roads, then they’re more communist than John Lennon.
I understand in film making, especially documentaries, that the producer can paint any sort of picture they’d like. And this movie is no exception. What we’re given here is John Lennon at his best. More accurately, we’re given John Lennon’s philosophy more so than his biography as a Beatle. This is fine by me, as we’re more often told the story of his life than we are his message.
His message, at least as portrayed in this film, seems to be consistently libertarian. And when I say “consistently libertarian,” what I really mean is that Lennon was libertarian to its natural conclusion, i.e. anarchy. Now, John Lennon never explicitly uses the term “anarchist” to describe himself. But that shouldn’t stop us from deducing that Lennon was nevertheless an anarchist philosophically.
We have to remember to put things in perspective according to their time in history. Up until recently, and arguably even so today, the word “anarchy” was spelled with four letters. Even many of the earliest anarchist philosophers scarcely used the label in their writings.
Clearly, Lennon couldn’t have defined terms such as the division of labor, marginal utility, the subjective value theory or the capture theory of economic regulation. His understanding of the system was much more intuitive. And while I personally prefer the company of studious radicals, I have to applaud those individuals who are able to recognize the state for what it really is without having had to devour dozens of books.
Were Lennon alive today there is no doubt in my mind he would still be singing songs that challenged the establishment. Since his death popular music has been almost completely devoid of anti-war populism. I’ll concede Lennon would likely align himself more with the anarcho-syndicalists, or perhaps he would consider himself a voluntaryist. But an anarchist he surely would be.
It’s been a while since we’ve had weekend watching at Daily Anarchist. Enjoy this documentary and consider forwarding it to a leftist/statist friend of yours. Perhaps they too will see that peace and statism cannot coexist with one another. It may not convince them immediately, but it will definitely sow the seed.
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