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Within the Republican party, there appears to be a split within a split with a split. There are the GOP adherents, split from the so-called “Tea Party” activists, which includes Libertarians, and there is a split between Libertarians, as evidenced by father and son—Ron Paul and Rand Paul.
At a recent GOP “guru,” Mitch McConnell, gathering, Rand Paul, now in league with McConnell, stated: “Tonight, we begin to rebuild America.” The comments followed the GOP’s grand victory in the November elections.
“Don’t expect big changes,” Ron Paul [Rand’s purist libertarian father] countered, following the election. “The change in control of the Senate from Democrat to Republican actually means very little.”
Beth Reinhard, of the Wall Street Journal, added that Ron Paul believes “the new congress would fail to cut spending and would lead the U.S. into a protracted war in Syria and Iraq.”
As an aside to the GOP victory in the elections, Jason Peirce of Rand Paul’s online site, Voices of Liberty, published an article emphasizing ten films that show “rich insight into the heart and soul of libertarianism.” For Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life,” Peirce states, “The productive ants work hard all year, storing for winter. The grasshoppers produce nothing, then come to forcibly confiscate the fruits of the ants’ labor.”
For Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” Peirce writes: “Libertarian in that it illustrates the absurdity of men scheming to kill men . . . A satire of power, the Cold War, the existential madness of the burgeoning military-industrial complex, and nuclear annihilation.”
Speaking of Libertarian-themed films, “The Hunger Games: ‘Mockingjay’ Part One” warranted a ban from theatres in Bangkok, Thailand. Apex Cinemas, in Bangkok, issued the statement: “We feel our theatres are being used for political movements.” Bangkok’s military leader, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, added, “The student demonstrators, identified later as . . . were grabbed by police and military security as they showed off their T-shirts and [three-fingered] salutes. They were taken to the 23rd Military Circle’s Sri Patcharin base to undergo ‘attitude adjustment,’ according to officials.”
From a recent ABC News report, “In June police arrested a lone student reading George Orwell’s anti-authoritarian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and eating a sandwich, while others have previously been detained for displaying the three-fingered salute.”
On another note regarding “The Hunger Games,” Barry Strauss of the Wall Street Journal writes under the article’s heading: “the blockbuster film franchise reaches back to the myth of Theseus, ancient Greece and Rome, and the very foundation of Western culture.” Strauss elaborates, “In Greek myth, Theseus and other young people from Athens were sent as a tribute—human sacrificial offerings—to King Minos in Crete. The king turned them over to the Minotaur, a murderous beast who was half-man and half-bull and lived in a maze or labyrinth. The intrepid Theseus killed the Minotaur and saved his countrymen.”
You can read my full posts on these subjects at: Rand Paul: A sellout or a pragmatist?, Ron Paul: 10 Libertarian-themed movies, Banned in Bangkok: The Hunger Games and its libertarian themes, and “Hunger Games:” It’s Graeco-Roman roots.