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« on: February 11, 2013, 03:38:48 PM »

What are some Pro-Capitalism/Anti-Leftist documentaries out there?

I'm in AP US History (high school), and after the AP exam we have like a month to do nothing but watch movies. One of these is Michael Moore's "Capitalism- A Love Story". I want something to show the class that gives a more accurate perspective of capitalism. I want them to get a glimpse at the basic views of we free market folks, and the teacher will allow me to bring in a movie to counter Mr.Moore. The teacher is balanced for the most part, but she is definitely pro-obama, anti-big business type liberal.

The prevailing view of the class is that capitalism is good to an extent, but should be regulated. I want them to understand the perspective of the laissez faire capitalism.

I ask that it be an introductory explanation, because my class does not know what Austrian/Keynesian monetary policy is, we only know basic economics, etc. What I mean is, assume they know little to nothing about the Free Market, and that they are already somewhat biased against it (they don't know anything about Mises or Rothbard or Hazlitt, and so on).

I ask that it actually not be from a "the state is evil" perspective, but a rationally pro free market one. i.e., focus on the economics of the situation, not the moral depravity of the government. Also no conspiracy stuff (ie alex jones), this is still a public school classroom after all.

Besides, I want them to at least get a glimpse of the foundation of the laissez faire world view, not a specific instance where the leftists were wrong. This also means that a movie that is not biased towards any one type of capitalism ("Austrian", "Chicago", the textbook conservative argument, etc). What I'm looking for is a movie that shows the basic principles of economic cooperation, not one which promotes any one world view.

In summary: A pro capitalism (not pro libertarian necessarily) documentary is needed.

Do any such entry level documentaries exist? Thanks in advance! I'll be glad to answer any questions.

PS As it is for high school students, it will need to be somewhat colorful. I might love to watch hours of Hoppe lecturing about theory and history, but the average student will not. Think Capitalism a Love Story but pro capitalism.

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Edit: it doesn't *need* to be all of the things stated here. My main concern is 1.the economics going over most people's heads and 2. Making the other students think I'm a nut (conspiracy)
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 03:53:26 PM »

What are some Pro-Capitalism/Anti-Leftist documentaries out there?

I'm in AP US History (high school), and after the AP exam we have like a month to do nothing but watch movies. One of these is Michael Moore's "Capitalism- A Love Story". I want something to show the class that gives a more accurate perspective of capitalism. I want them to get a glimpse at the basic views of we free market folks, and the teacher will allow me to bring in a movie to counter Mr.Moore. The teacher is balanced for the most part, but she is definitely pro-obama, anti-big business type liberal.

The prevailing view of the class is that capitalism is good to an extent, but should be regulated. I want them to understand the perspective of the laissez faire capitalism.

I ask that it be an introductory explanation, because my class does not know what Austrian/Keynesian monetary policy is, we only know basic economics, etc. What I mean is, assume they know little to nothing about the Free Market, and that they are already somewhat biased against it (they don't know anything about Mises or Rothbard or Hazlitt, and so on).

I ask that it actually not be from a "the state is evil" perspective, but a rationally pro free market one. i.e., focus on the economics of the situation, not the moral depravity of the government. Also no conspiracy stuff (ie alex jones), this is still a public school classroom after all.

Besides, I want them to at least get a glimpse of the foundation of the laissez faire world view, not a specific instance where the leftists were wrong. This also means that a movie that is not biased towards any one type of capitalism ("Austrian", "Chicago", the textbook conservative argument, etc). What I'm looking for is a movie that shows the basic principles of economic cooperation, not one which promotes any one world view.

In summary: A pro capitalism (not pro libertarian necessarily) documentary is needed.

Do any such entry level documentaries exist? Thanks in advance! I'll be glad to answer any questions.

PS As it is for high school students, it will need to be somewhat colorful. I might love to watch hours of Hoppe lecturing about theory and history, but the average student will not. Think Capitalism a Love Story but pro capitalism.

"The Commanding Heights" might be what you're looking for, although it really seems to contrast the Keynesian view with the Hayekian view.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/lo/index.html

Or perhaps Milton Friedman's series, "Free To Choose", although it's a bit longer as a 10-part series.

Available at a variety of places, such as this: http://www.commonsensecapitalism.com/p/free-to-choose.html.



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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 04:22:06 PM »

Wow, you got a big order here man. I'm honestly having trouble thinking of one...

I'd definitely say Friedman's series is a good intro. It IS a 10 part, 1 hour each series, here's the first part: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3N2sNnGwa4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3N2sNnGwa4</a>

The first one is definitely a good intro, but I'll listen to the rest of them to see if there's a better one.

You're gonna have a pretty short list, unfortunately- any decently funded studio is likely to be highly anti-free market (just because of how Hollywood works), so your options are mostly restricted to videos posted by graphically skilled pro-capitalists on YouTube. Friedman's documentaries are an exception, of course- but they're also 20-30 years old.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 04:23:53 PM »

You are asking for something that doesn't exist.  You want laissez faire, but don't want it to be biased toward a specific type of capitalism or world view.  Laissez faire is a specific type of capitalism and world view.  
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 04:37:07 PM »

You are asking for something that doesn't exist.  You want laissez faire, but don't want it to be biased toward a specific type of capitalism or world view.  Laissez faire is a specific type of capitalism and world view.  
Hey Syock, It can be based towards one type, but I don't want it to fly over my classmates heads. My main concern with an "Austrian" documentary would be that the economics woudl be more than a beginner can handle. I was trying to give a guideline, I appreciate all suggestions.

Another note: the ratio of capitalism is bad/capitalism is good documentaries is just sad. What happened to our culture?
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 04:38:26 PM »

How about movies in general? From digging around a bit The Fountainhead seems to be a suggestion. I've read the book, not sure how the movie will turn out.

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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2013, 04:46:14 PM »

This is just my personal opinion, but I wouldn't suggest Atlas Shrugged. Not because of Rand's ideas (well, those might just turn people off to capitalism from the start), but the film is very poorly acted and made. It's technically putting her ideas forward...but in a very blunt, and un-artistic way.

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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2013, 05:10:10 PM »

Jesus, I've been looking for 2 hours, I would take a blatantly anarchist movie at this point. There are pretty much NO pro capitalist documentaries. wtf?

I'm thinking about maybe going with Nullification the movie. Not economics, but that's something, and it relates to history.

Seriously, I'm P.O'd about this. Is the current culture that bad? jeez.
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2013, 05:13:03 PM »

I found two:

The Pursuit of Happiness

Other People's Money

Happiness is a very touching movie showing how an unemployed man struggles to get his stockbrokers license.
Money show's a pretty cool point of view about investors, especially the speech near the end:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfL7STmWZ1c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfL7STmWZ1c</a>

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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2013, 05:28:42 PM »

I found two:

The Pursuit of Happiness

Other People's Money

Happiness is a very touching movie showing how an unemployed man struggles to get his stockbrokers license.
Money show's a pretty cool point of view about investors, especially the speech near the end:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfL7STmWZ1c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfL7STmWZ1c</a>
Thanks State God! I'll definitely look into the Pursuit of Happyness. How Pro Capitalist is it? Or at least how not leftist is it?
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 05:36:31 PM »

Maybe the Atlas Shrugged movies?
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2013, 05:39:22 PM »

Johan Norberg's "Globalization is Good" is more or less pro-capitalist, and clocks in at less than an hour.

But I'm still looking for something I can wholeheartedly endorse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_szIfpjzxU

Or check out this list:

http://www.swifteconomics.com/2010/09/07/top-ten-economics-documentaries/

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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2013, 05:42:14 PM »

Is the current culture that bad? jeez.

Yes.
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2013, 05:57:27 PM »

Movies? 

"Trading Places" (1983) with Eddie Murphy, Dan Akroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis is pretty good.

Another one that's good is "Cash McCall", a 1960 movie starring James Garner and Natalie Wood.

In this drama of high finance and high romance, James Garner plays the title role of a dashing and daring tycoon in the business of buying and selling companies for profit. However McCall's acquisition plans for Grant Austen's (Dean Jagger) company gets more complicated when he realizes Austen's daughter Lory (Natalie Wood) is the same girl with whom he once had a summer fling.

They're both based on novels of the same name.


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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2013, 09:21:45 PM »

Learn Liberty has some good stuff.
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