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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Movie Recommendation

Pick up Benito starring Antonio Banderas, an excellent account of the dictator's early career as a die-hard socialist. One tip: listen in Italian -- if you don't understand any, turn on the English subtitles. I started watching in English with my wife, who speaks almost no Italian, and she demanded to switch to Italian because the English dub-in actors were so awful.

One thing of interest: if you watch, ask yourself what modern libertarian figure Mussolini -- extremely charismatic, an ideological purist, constantly splitting with fellow travelers for being 'reformists', selling out to the state, committing [T]Reason to the cause -- reminds you of!

8 comments:

  1. ...if you watch, ask yourself what modern libertarian figure Mussolini -- extremely charismatic, an ideological purist, constantly splitting with fellow travelers for being 'reformists', selling out to the state, committing [T]Reason to the cause -- reminds you of!

    OK but only if we get to do the same game with Brutus in Julius Caesar.

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  2. Yes, OK: Brutus was a political ideologue who did not realize the form of government he advocated had never really existed and that any near approach to it was no longer possible. In the interest of his ideological vision he assassinated the man who had been lenient to the republicans who opposed his reign and brought on the rule of those who would slaughter such republicans in a violent bloodbath.

    Does that seem a better description of our unnamed libertarian?

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  3. Do it again, Gene! Compare the unnamed libertarian to the Elephant Man!

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  4. Anonymous9:10 PM

    This all-Lew-Rockwell-all-the-time passive-aggressive snarking isn't getting tedious at all! Please keep it up! Really, none of us are bored with it at all.

    By the way, which form of government do you now advocate?

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  5. Hitler has only one big ball.
    Goering has two, but they are small.
    Mussolini, his balls are teeny,
    And Goe-balls has no balls at all.

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  6. scineram6:58 PM

    ask yourself what modern libertarian figure Mussolini -- extremely charismatic, an ideological purist, constantly splitting with fellow travelers for being 'reformists', selling out to the state, committing [T]Reason to the cause -- reminds you of!

    Rothbard?

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