First Libertarian Film Guide Published
PALO ALTO, CA/ Conservative Monitor -- The title says it all: "Miss Liberty's Guide to Film
and Video: Movies for the Libertarian Millennium." This remarkable
new book, the first guide ever to libertarian-themed films, was just
published in May.
If you've ever wandered the aisles of Blockbuster trying to find
something worth renting, this book is the answer. It contains over
250 reviews of films and videos touching upon such subjects as free
speech, the draft, drug laws, taxation, regulation, sexual liberty,
immigration, and many more.
Says author Jon Osborne, "About five years ago, I started what I
thought would be a short list of libertarian-themed films, based on
recommendations from fellow libertarians. Later, I greatly expanded
that list through my own research. Then I hit upon the idea of
starting an e-newsletter on the subject. Hundreds of my newsletter
subscribers started writing in, suggesting even more films. I ended
up with an unparalleled list of libertarian-themed films, which I
spent the last two years reviewing."
Osborne's book, while a fun read, is more than just a source of
inspiration and pleasure. It's also a useful outreach tool.
Libertarian activists will find a gold mine of films suitable for
showing at outreach meetings, and the book itself would be a good way
for newcomers to libertarianism to become familiar with
"One of the reasons I think this guide is important," Osborne
continues, "is that the visual arts have become the dominant media
through which people adopt values, form opinions, and gather
information about the world. The average person watches literally
hundreds of films for every book read. Hopefully, by identifying
libertarian-themed films, this book will help to promote them."
More information on libertarian films and television is available
through the author's web site at www.missliberty.com.