Art and Culture, Free Enterprise
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Dear Taylor Swift: The Trouble with Copyright Is Deeper Than You Know

– July 9, 2019

Instead of worrying about the rights over her songs falling into the wrong hands, she should understand that unleashing her work from the tight grasp of IP’s claws would benefit her, as it would set her apart from other artists, and benefit all humankind, as others would be able to improve on what she’s done.

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Art and Culture, Free Enterprise
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Elton John’s Soundtrack to Half a Century

– June 12, 2019

It’s a rare artist who elicits the kind of widespread emotional homage that Elton John is receiving right now, hopefully, many years before his career is really over.

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Art and Culture, Sound Money
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In Money We Trust (Documentary by Steve Forbes)

– June 6, 2019

The origin of money, the history of central banks, the operation and destruction of the gold standard, the rise of inflation and massive government debt, the disastrous bailouts of 2008 – it’s all covered in an outstanding hour-long documentary appearing on PBS stations called In Money We Trust.

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Art and Culture, History
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The Secret Behind the Success of Avengers Endgame

– May 19, 2019

Freud once said Rome was a palimpsest—an organic place with many layers of history and textures of meaning. The same, we now know, can be said of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which ensures that heroic archetypes of old live on to still influence, instruct, and inspire us today.

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Art and Culture, History
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The Veneer of Civilization Slipped Away

– February 22, 2019

Every idealist hopes that humankind can learn from history. There is plenty of evidence that we do not.

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Art and Culture, Economic Education
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Bohemian Rhapsody Shows That Artists Should Care About Audiences

– November 16, 2018

The wonderful movie based on the life of Freddie Mercury and his band makes a great case that commerce can be and is the friend to art. It has always been so, but we are only now fully coming to terms with what this implies for the artistic endeavor generally.

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Art and Culture, Economic Education
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Incredibles 2 and the Power of Envy

– November 10, 2018

The Incredibles must discover the fortitude to push through and say no to those who want to bury talent in a thicket of mediocracy.

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Art and Culture, Business-Cycle Conditions, Central Banking
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Three Solid Movies on the 2008 Crisis

– September 19, 2018

The most well-known of the movies on the 2008 financial crisis is also the weakest. On the other hand, there are two wonderful films about it that deal with both the difficult times for traders and the underlying causes.

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Art and Culture, Daily Economy News
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A Hilarious Comedy about Ghastly Evil

– May 29, 2018

The film brilliantly shows the wild jockeying for power that follows Stalin’s death, with fantastic portrayals of all the important figures from this period: Nikita Khrushchev, Lavrently Beria, Vyacheslav Molotov, Andrey Andreyev, Georgy Zhukov. It also serves as an excellent guide to what actually happened in those strange months that led to Beria’s execution and the rise of Khrushchev to become General Secretary.

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Art and Culture, Daily Economy News
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I, Tonya, and the Malleability of Class

– May 10, 2018

It is a rare film for dealing directly with a topic that Americans talk about often but think about hardly any at all: class distinctions and the barriers they create to social and economic mobility.

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