For even broader video-based education, Katherine Taylor years ago recommended to me this very brief “insanity test,” which surely any sufficiently rational, Rand-like mind should be able to endure without laughing.
The most important free-market video message of the year so far, though, may well be the trailer for the impending superhero blockbuster Iron Man 2. Watch as capitalist bad boy/hero Tony Stark tells Congress: You want my property? You can’t have it. I’ve privatized world peace.
(Amen, and this may be a real glimpse of the only way left forward for free-marketeers in pop culture: resign ourselves to playing the likable bad boys for a while, like mercenary Han Solo, but take some comfort, however problematic, in the thought that people like bad boys. Played right — especially by young actors — the characters of Atlas Shrugged might actually come across this way on-screen, especially d’Anconia. And congrats to Downey on having two bad-boy-hero franchises going at the same time, since Sherlock Holmes turned out to be surprisingly good, too.)
You know what would make Iron Man 2 the best film ever made, though? A final battle on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Think about it. This has to happen in at least one of the Avengers-related movies. I’m going to be rooting for this scene roughly every fourth time I enter a theatre for the next three years. Seeing the 90s version of the Helicarrier in the TV-movie with David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury was OK, but we need Samuel L. Jackson on the flight deck throwing someone into one of the big props, obviously.
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