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Monday, August 06, 2007

the simpsons movie

The girlfriend and I went to see "The Simpsons Movie" last night and I give it a big thumbs up. It was very funny and had some great anti-state moments. Anthony Gregory gives a good libertarian overview of the movie in "The Federal War on Springfield":
In terms of both rough yet classic comedy and roughly classical liberalism, The Simpsons movie delivers as well as the series’ best. In the movie, the federal government stars as the chief enemy of the Simpsons family and their beloved town Springfield. We might concede that our antihero Homer, in all his bad judgment, is Uncle Sam’s one indispensable ally. But the evil and heartless federal bureaucracy overreacts to Homer’s admittedly terrible shortsightedness with calculated cruelty and heartlessness.
My only beef with the movie is that a key plot turn that some might interpret as the key message of the movie is unabashedly collectivist. The good news is that leftists are unhappy with the movie. Ben Adler from Campus Progress whines that it's "disappointing to see the hilarious new Simpsons movie engage in some weirdly illiberal gags."

The Simpsons takes aim at all authority and leftists can't bear that. How dare anyone question the wonder that is the FedGov?


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