Disney’s Tangled is an Untangled View on Libertarianism

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Let’s face it: doing the 7 AM usual morning line-up in a stress-free environment such as Rapunzel’s Tower (!!!) seems just like paradise. I’m sure all of us at one point or another (especially the guys) have dreamed of being ensured with similar leisure and protection, because only then will we be able to be truly happy, right?

Truth be told, however, being this comfortable is never good enough. Sometimes we can only be happy if we can just see the floating lanterns. We have to make sure our lives begin. So Rapunzel, I want to thank you for actually doing that, even if that meant ignoring your excuse of a “mother,” Gothel, who strictly forbade you to do so. Thank you for acknowledging that your freedom is the only key to your happiness, which is more important than whatever your control freak fake mother says. Because in the end, she doesn’t know best—at all.

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Elysium

Elysium

The Elysium trailer isn’t even trying to hide its left-wing bias. In it, Earth (comprised of the “99%”) is in shambles and Matt Damon’s medically desperate character Max wants to cure himself by donning a robotic exo-skeleton and pillaging Elysium—-a healthy orbital space paradise for the “filthy” rich—-in straight up Marxist fashion. The movie pretty much depicts class-warfare and pushes for socialism, starting with a brutal form of socialized medical care for Max. Although this left-wing perspective may seem good because it superficially provides for needy individuals like Max, the trailer unfortunately fails to acknowledge why the socialistic ideals it presents fail on moral grounds.

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Man of Steel: A Religious Perspective

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I love the thirdĀ Man of SteelĀ trailer. It is nothing short of pure awesomeness. Who doesn’t love aerial hand-to-hand combat and explosions along with bassy orchestral music booming in the background? Picturing this in my mind just pumps me with sheer excitement. The problem many viewers probably had with all this action, though, was that Superman seemed to be another excessively powerful hero, one that is too perfect for any of us to embrace. Like Jor-El, Superman’s biological father, said in the trailer, “He’ll be a god to [us].” Hence, it is very reasonable for us to think Superman’s god-like perfection would disconnect us from him, but, similar to many religious figures, I think it’s his perfection that aims to guide and strengthen us.

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Basic Economics: Wreck-It Ralph Edition

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Wreck-It Ralph at first can be interpreted as anti-capitalist. The exposition makes it seem as though Ralph is a poor bad guy, who has been trampled upon by those with money, and who has been forced to submit to a life in the dumpster while tip top gold-coin-adorned rich guy Fix it Felix lives in a penthouse. Who doesn’t feel pity for Ralph when the rich guys say he can’t be as good as Felix or that he can’t get a similar gold coin? With this, it’s possible to assume Ralph has been trapped into being poor and that his life is primarily a battle between him and the rich guys. All of which, however, is wrong.

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