After being blindfolded, and transported to a secret location, I had a nice lecture-dinner with the crème of liberensia. Much to my disappointment, there was no dancing naked around a slain goat’s head roasting over a bonfire, or a massive orgy in an quarter acre sized bed or worshiping at the alter of the illegally stolen skull of John Locke. Libertarians just can’t seem to get their secret cabal act together.
No, it was listening to Lawrence (Larry) W. Reed (extensive publications links) of the MacKinac Center, which doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves in the freedom movement. [Who was visiting Arizona with Dr. Richard Ebeling (pub links) – whom I name drop to shamelessly plug the incredible Foundation for Economic Freedom, of which he is their president.]
Larry Reed spoke with great passion about an upcoming movie, that he could not rate highly enough in his encouragement to go see it again and again, and tell all your friends. Yes, another rare libertarian inculcation film that slips past the Hollywood controllers. We seem to get one freedom movie a year as balance to all the others. The movie, Amazing Grace (2007) (2) (3), which opens Feb. 23rd, and is based accurately upon the lives of two men, William Wilberforce [whom Mr. Reed wrote about in 2002] (2) and his friend Thomas Clarkson, and their efforts to single handedly [not counting the Quakers] rally the populace to shame the British Empire into abolishing slavery a mere two-hundred years ago (this March 25th).
A remarkable number of participant’s stories are interweaved: Slave Olaudah Equiano, ex-Slave-Trader John Newton (played in the movie by Albert Finney), Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, and pro-slavery Lord Tarleton (you may remember his character loosely portrayed in The Patriot). An individual can inspire (or shame) a populace to make a difference despite setbacks, threats, ridicule and unpopularity in their lifetime with a lot of hard work and focus ... and a few good friends who come their way.
Rated PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language. 111 minutes.
So afterwards, they blindfolded me, and left me to remove the hood in the middle of nowhere in a ditch. I think that is a good acceptance sign ... don't you?