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31  General Category / Lounge / Re: Pro Capitalism Documentaries? 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.

32  General Category / Lounge / Re: Pro Capitalism Documentaries? 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?
33  General Category / Lounge / Pro Capitalism Documentaries? 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.

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)
34  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Humans Can't Handle Anarchy on: January 30, 2013, 07:11:24 PM
Humans can't handle government more:

35  General Category / General Discussion / Face it, Government Handouts Don't Cost Anything on: January 09, 2013, 01:10:47 PM


If you’re asking where the money is coming from to pay for all these handouts, the short answer is that we’re printing it. If the government needs to write a check for something and there’s no cash in the bank, it prints more. It’s wrapped up in fancy terms like “quantitative easing,” but the reality is the same: we’re printing whatever it costs to pay for more benefits and bigger government. We’re printing it, we’re not paying it.

“Surely,” you’re saying, “there is ultimately a cost to printing money. After all, putting more money in the economy devalues all money, so there is a hidden cost.” Come on, conservatives, wake up! That’s just a bunch of economic gobbledygook. Printing more money is supposed to create more inflation, but inflation has remained low during the Obama administration (only 1.76% as of last month). Obviously conservative economists have it all wrong.

I've always said that libertarians are going too far when we predict that millions of people will starve to death in an upcoming economic collapse, but I've never gone so far as to say that debt doesn't matter.

What is your response to this?
36  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Just go get this out in the open, I think the "mass shootings" are rigged. on: December 15, 2012, 12:40:34 PM
I think using this to call for stricter gun laws on law abiding citizens is abhorrent. But so is saying that this was all a government plot. I hate the state, but even i think that sounds nutty.
37  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The National Anarchist Movement (NAM) on: November 24, 2012, 12:37:55 PM
Racial separatism. . .yeah I'm gonna go ahead and not associate with these jebroni's.

Your not going to associate with my history teacher who started a video game club and taught us about WW1 by turning the school gym into a nerf war trench? But he was awesome

Because that was the jist of that comment.

His name was jebroni
Well duhh MAM wasn't that obvious?
38  Questions And Challenges / Challenges To Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: Gun Rights: U.K. vs U.S. on: November 24, 2012, 12:06:21 AM
Gun rights are not the sole reason for crime/lack of it. PEOPLE do/do not commit crimes. Some people and cultures in general are virtuoso, others are not. 
39  General Category / Lounge / Re: The Album as a Work of Art on: November 23, 2012, 11:54:27 PM
Totally agree about the songs fitting together. It shows that the artists cared enough to put in the effort. I also like when albums have recurring themes. My favorite musicians/bands tend to be very poetic/lyrical.

Some of my favorite "albums":

And I really want to put something by Neil Young on here, but I feel like I either love his songs or I think they are boring, so no album makes it.

And as for the "one album for your entire life" challenge... I can't do it. Sorry, but I don't think there is any one album that is emotionally deep enough, complex and sophisticated enough, and pleasant sounding enough to listen to that much. Sorry.

Now, when are you going to tell us yours? I'm itching for some new music.

And this may be totally wrong, but for some reason I think you are going to be a Tool fan.
40  General Category / General Discussion / Re: In the middle of Hurricane Sandy on: November 03, 2012, 02:36:31 PM

1. What is their excuse for having a curfew in the first place?

2. Who is listening to this nonsense?

3. How many people has the State killed?

Your Prepperations:

Did you have preps in place before the storm hit?

How would you prepare for such a storm in the future?

Who is helping you more the State, or your neighbours?


1.They are worried about looters, although the areas they are patrolling don't have much of that. The parts of NYC that don't have power are where most of the actual crime is going on.

2. Most people are following it now, but right after the storm many people didn't take it seriously, like my cousin.

3. As far as I know, no one has been killed by the state.

As for prepping, we prepared a little bit, got both cars filled with gas, got flashlights, charged phones, etc. We are probably going to be more prepared next time by buying a really good generator. That might be expensive, but if something like this happens when it is freezing out we'd be in big trouble. The pipes could freeze, and we might not even get water.

Neighbors are helping more than the state, unless you count the energy monopoly they have as "helping".

During the hurricane, my neighbor across the street had a tree fall in the middle of the road. About 10 people went out, and one person said "there's nothing we can do! we have to call the township!" My dad said "no, their useless", and then all of them worked together and got it moved off the road.

One neighbor shared his generator with us, allowing our phones to be charged. Our neighbors across the street actually are still out of power, and we offered for them to come over, do their laundry, warm up, etc.

OH and my school is closed until the 12th because it is now a shelter. Lots of people helping out there. My family would help out too, but my grandpa is in really bad shape (unrelated to the storm) in the hospital, and we are on call to go there. 
41  General Category / General Discussion / Re: A litte pre-economic collapse warning? on: November 03, 2012, 02:27:14 PM
Martial law is being pondered in many areas of New Jersey:

 Have you heard anything about this, Hanzo?
I know that it's really bad in some areas of NYC. As for NJ, the ones getting cracked down the most are "price gougers", aka entrepreneurs. Gov. Christie signed this ridiculous executive order:

I'm starting to feel like a soviet yokel.

42  General Category / General Discussion / Re: A litte pre-economic collapse warning? on: November 02, 2012, 09:01:39 PM
You are fairly fortunate then.  Many places don't have electric.  Some places it is expected to be at least two more weeks without power.  There was news about the largest fire in something like 100 years in Queens burning down about 100 homes.  A lot of people are stranded on one side of a bridge or another due to police enforcing HOV restrictions.  They are turning away people trying to help.  

Just because S did not HTF for you, doesn't mean everyone was so fortunate.  

We have seen SHTF during Katrina too.  The looting generally takes place in areas with forced evacuations.  No one is around to stop them. 
So what do you think is going to happen with this economic collapse? Will normally peaceful suburban neighborhoods turn vicious, or is it only the people in already bad areas who have to worry? Of course there are many other possibilities, and I would like to hear your opinion.
43  General Category / Lounge / Re: Windows 8 on: November 02, 2012, 06:50:06 PM
I personally find Windows XP easier to use than 7, but maybe that is because I've used it for so long. I don't like the fancy interface that is all the rage with youngsters nowadays. Simple=perfect for me. I don't like where the tablet market is headed.

I'm not big into computers though, just plain internet browsing for me. I have no experience programming or playing video games on PC.
44  General Category / General Discussion / Re: In the middle of Hurricane Sandy on: November 02, 2012, 06:46:18 PM
This is a favorite childhood rollercoaster of mine that *was* on the boardwalk:

45  General Category / General Discussion / Re: In the middle of Hurricane Sandy on: November 02, 2012, 06:44:22 PM
Question 1: How bad is the local agriculture damaged? I assume there are many fallen trees, but I am more thinking of corn fields, strawberry patches, and the like.
I'm not really sure, I'm not in an area where there is a lot that.

Question 2: If you have a gas line (like for a stove), is it still functioning?
The gas line and hot water was working, everything else (including phone landlines) were not.

Question 3: Are there armed troops patrolling the streets to 'maintain order'? If there are troops, are they searching people and houses, or are they providing security for gas stations, medical camps, etc.?
There are cops "supervising" gas stations, and I heard that the national guard would help in "enforcing curfew". I haven't been out past the curfew though.

Question 4: Would it have been useful to own a canoe, kayak, or other small watercraft to get around the city?
In my area no, but I have friends who have houses underwater (well, at least flooded). They evacuated the island (seaside), but for anyone left there it would be useful. And for people left there, they would need a boat to get out, because the bridges are very badly damaged (at least the one closest to me).
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