Over at the blog for Libertopia 2011, Robert Anthony Peters, an actor and libertarian activist, has an excellent piece up on the importance of art and movies to the freedom movement entitled, “It’s the Cuture, Stupid!”
It’s a great piece, with some rather trenchant observations, so I will wait here until you have gone over and read it.
This is chapter 5 of a serialized novella appearing on Ars Gratia Libertatis every two weeks. Â Read from the beginning here.
Chapter Five: Shelly Reyes
“The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.” –Robert Heinlein
Shelly Reyes was a good person. That’s what everyone who met her said about her. She devoted countless hours outside her job (as a selfless public servant in the Office of Energy Regulation) to community service and social work. Naturally bubbly, she could carry on a conversation about absolutely nothing with just about absolutely anyone.
Here at AGL we argue ceaselessly for the importance of popular culture in spreading the idea of liberty and individual rights. Â J. Neil Schulman, author of libertarian novel Alongside Night, makes the case far more compellingly in the following video.
This is a speech Mr. Schulman gave at Libertopia in 2010 and, though long, is worth every minute.
The Achilles heel of the libertarian movement, is that all of you understand the ideas of freedom, but the general public does not. Â The ideas that Jay Snelson was talking about, the win/win theory as opposed to the win/lose theory; they’re learning the win/lose theory from Gordon Gecko in [the movie]Â Wall Street.