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The Real Deal Anarchy - No Rulers, not No Rules
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June 11, 2017 04:40 PM PDT

Let's talk Tombstone and the not so wild west. What else is wrong about the opening narration by Robert Mitchum? Kurt Russell is a libertarian! Anybody catch the "Equal Pay for Equal Work" signage? Disequlibrium of violence (bad guys kill, no big deal; good guy kills one and is all sentimental - at first). Great quotes in this movie - an example of "parts greater than the whole" movie.

Our friend Kenny the Wizard from the Wizardly Wisdom Podcast and LibertarianNerds.com joins us for a raucous and weaving discussion about many things related to (and not even related) to this now classic Western.

You can check out more of Kenny's works here:

www.LibertarianNerds.com

www.WalterBlock.com

And now some background on Tombstone from the Googs:

Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers, Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott), have left their gunslinger ways behind them to settle down and start a business in the town of Tombstone, Ariz. While they aren't looking to find trouble, trouble soon finds them when they become targets of the ruthless Cowboy gang. Now, together with Wyatt's best friend, Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), the brothers pick up their guns once more to restore order to a lawless land.

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/26

Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/AnarchoCapitalist perspective. We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking.

Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film. The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

We publish new episodes on Sunday just in time for your Monday commute; and occasionally will do specials surrounding holidays or events (elections/olympics).

Thank you for listening and for checking out our show notes page.  If you can do us a favor and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and YouTube.  Give us a comment, rating, share, etc...

June 04, 2017 12:42 PM PDT

In what could become a string of Arnold movies that we do in coming months, we take on the dystopian-nightmare in the post-economic collapse world of 2017 to discuss the Stephen King inspired film, the Running Man. The movie is right up our alley as an anti-authoritarian message that shows the propaganda and entertainment that is pushed to maintain control over the masses. Get strapped into your metal-under-the-city-bobsled and journey with us into the arena.

In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is "The Running Man" -- a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.

It's a fun popcorn flick with peak Schwarzenegger and one of the worst villains (on a scale of corny-ness) in cinematic film history: Dynamo

Here is an article reflecting on the technology on display 30 years after the movies was made (and in which it is set at the very beginning):

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/the-violent-post-truth-2017-predicted-in-the-running-man-we-re-living-in-it-a7506776.html

Wikipedia entry:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Running_Man_(1987_film)

If you too are inspired by Arnie to start working out again, check out Turbulence Training at: www.ReadRothbard.com/TT

Here is the interview we did with the Battle for Liberty: www.battleforliberty.com/39

Thank you for joining us on this episode of the Actual Anarchy Podcast. Please check out our YouTube channel and let us know if you prefer the static episode art vs. the visualization graphics playing in the background (episode 22 & episode 23). We are playing around with ideas to make the user-experience even better! And while you're there - be sure to subscribe!

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/25

May 28, 2017 08:54 AM PDT

We discuss the anti-war/pro-war Mel Gibson film Hacksaw Ridge that follows the story of PFC Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector to aggressive violence as he enlists in the military to compromise his principles (though the story seems to deny this).

Here is the flawed, and incorrect Google description:

The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life -- without firing a shot -- to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.

In the show we bring up a number of things that don't fit in with the official narrative we are told in school, media and political recollection. You can continue believe what you have been told, or you can realize that being told something might have more to do with the tellers than what is told.

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/24

Presented by Read Rothbard:

Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/AnarchoCapitalist perspective.

We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking. Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film.

The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

We publish new episodes on Sunday just in time for your Monday commute; and occasionally will do specials surrounding holidays or events (elections/olympics).

Like, comment, share, subscribe (on YouTube AND Apple Podcasts!)

May 21, 2017 10:09 AM PDT

Alright, alright, alright...if you were listening to our last show and thinking that we should have a guest...as in, "it would be a lot cooler if we did" you're in luck. This week's show is about the coming-of-age high school movie set in 1976, Dazed and Confused with our special guest Mike Brancatelli of the podcast Mikeadelic!

Here is the ridiculously wrong Google description:

This coming-of-age film follows the mayhem of group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas, celebrating the last day of high school in 1976. The graduating class heads for a popular pool hall and joins an impromptu keg party, however star football player Randall "Pink" Floyd (Jason London) has promised to focus on the championship game and abstain from partying. Meanwhile, the incoming freshmen try to avoid being hazed by the seniors, most notably the sadistic bully Fred O'Bannion (Ben Affleck).

We discuss several themes ranging from the drug war, compulsory schooling, government-induced mental illness and more in this episode.

Here is the Wiki on the movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazed_and_Confused_(film)

If you feel like we do, and you enjoyed the discussion, then perhaps support our show with a Patreon donation. Cool things are in the works for supporters!

Remember, you go to keep L-I-V-I-N.

As always, like, comment, subscribe (on YouTube!), share, et al.

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May 14, 2017 09:02 AM PDT

The night was...

humid...

The night was...moist....

The night was...sultry....

The night was...mother's day!

The perfect opening for a description of our Mother's Day Special featuring the Danny DeVito and Billy Crystal film, Throw Momma From the Train.

Here is the description:

Larry (Billy Crystal), an author with a cruel ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew), teaches a writing workshop where Owen (Danny DeVito), one of his students, is fed up with his domineering mother (Anne Ramsey). When Owen watches a Hitchcock classic that seems to mirror his own life, he decides to put the movie's plot into action and offers to kill Margaret, if Larry promises to murder his mom. Before Larry gets a chance to react to the plan, it seems that Owen has already sealed Margaret's fate.

We realize that this was probably mistakenly categorized as a movie for this holiday, but no matter. It's a film that we both enjoyed watching and discussing from a Rothbardian Anarcho-Capitalist perspective. You get some insights into Robert's writing process and some general banter between the two of us. We hope you enjoy and happy mother's day.

Word to your mother.

Call her, seriously.

We hope you enjoyed the discussion, and we may have a surprise bonus for Patreon supporters as a result.

As always, like, comment, subscribe (on YouTube!), share, et al.

Never miss an episode. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts to get new episodes as they become available.

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/22

Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/AnarchoCapitalist perspective.

We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking. Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film.

The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

We publish new episodes on Sunday just in time for your Monday commute; and occasionally will do specials surrounding holidays or events (elections/olympics).

May 06, 2017 11:26 PM PDT

It may say "Star Trek Beyond" in the title, but we go waaaaay beyond in this one with our guest Mark E. Deardorff of www.ScienceViaMarkets.com. In fact, for nearly 2 hours we talk about science-fiction in general, authors, warp-theory, energy mass, holodecks, replicators, Einstein, and more. We get side-tracked quite a bit on this one and don't give as much of a movie synopsis/analysis like our normal fare - so for those interested in that, here is the marketing slick for the movie and the trailer:

A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victims. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that's aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet.

For more of our guest's work, look for him on this site, or visit his site:

http://scienceviamarket.com

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/21

April 30, 2017 07:21 AM PDT

We bring on a special guest, Daniel J., to discuss the allegedly true (hence the asterisk) story behind the housing bust and subsequent financial crisis of 2008 as depicted in The Big Short (also a book of the same name by Michael Lewis) . There is a lot going on here, and we don't even get to the asymmetrical aptitudes of the players vs. the regulators, or the scandal involving the regulators spending their time looking at porn, or the alarm-bells being sounded by the likes of Brooksley Born that went unheeded.

Here is the marketing spin on the movie:

"Based on the true story of four outsiders who saw what the big banks, media and government refused to: the global collapse of the economy. A bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of banking, where everyone and everything is in question.

In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors' money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America."

Needless to say, the Austrian-analysis disputes this and much more.

Other things that we failed to mention were that these people in the film weren't the only ones to see this coming (Ron Paul & Peter Schiff were talking about it for years) nor were they the only ones betting against the housing market (Kyle Bass).

Needless to say - the official narrative and the story told in the film are highly dubious. We hope that you learn something in this episode and enjoy listening!

Be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube to help us get that magic number "100"!

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/20

Presented by www.ActualAnarchy.com

Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/AnarchoCapitalist perspective.

We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking.   Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film.

The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

We publish at least once per week; and occasionally will do specials surrounding holidays or events (elections/olympics) and have guests.

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April 23, 2017 09:53 AM PDT

This week we discuss the movie about some dude-bro international arms dealers, War Dogs starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. It's a ridiculous idea made possible by ridiculous government policy.

The film follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

Just Robert and I on this one as we kick off some rust from not recording a show for a few weeks.

Here is the Robert Higgs book that we recommend during the episode: Against Leviathan

For Show Notes and more, please visit: www.ActualAnarchy.com/19

April 21, 2017 10:49 PM PDT

Happy Earth Day everyone! We love the Earth, and that compels us to call out Dr. Seuss and the Lorax as propaganda for the biggest polluter on the planet - government. Special guest, Kevin LeCureux joins us for a lively discussion on book, the 1972 TV special and the 2012 CGI film with Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Danny DeVito. If you want to really protect the environment....you let people own property. They have a vested interest in maintaining the capital value of things.

For more information on our guest, please visit:

https://klecu.com/

As always, like us...subscribe us....comment us....share us....

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/18

April 16, 2017 08:58 AM PDT

Episode 17 of the Actual Anarchy Podcast is a sweeping two-film discussion about the original Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd from the 1980's, and the all-female SJW-spooktacklur starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. Joining us, appropriately enough, are two guests - one male, one female as we tackle this tale of entrepreneurs vs. the state and then the state colluding with the state!

Our guests' work can be found at:

https://libertopiacartoon.wordpress.com/

Yes it's true. This man has no dick.

For show notes and more, please visit: www.actualanarchy.com/17

Robert and I analyze popular movies from a Rothbardian/AnarchoCapitalist perspective.

We use movies as a starting point for people who may not be familiar with this way of thinking. Discussion of the plot and decisions that characters make in relation to morality and violations of the non-aggression principle are our bread and butter.

We also will highlight and discuss any themes or lessons from Austrian Economics that we can glean from the film.

The point is to show what anarchy actually is with instances that are presented in film.

We publish new episodes on Sunday just in time for your Monday commute; and occasionally will do specials surrounding holidays or events (elections/olympics).

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