You guys should watch ‘Safety not guaranteed’ (2012). It’s funny and uplifting from the get-go, and it has great characters and drama.
I’m going to give slight spoilers in the course of providing my libertarian interpretation of the movie. A movie that you should watch by the way.
FREEDOM AND RISK
So first of all, the title itself, ‘Safety not guaranteed,’ is a tribute to freedom. In the pursuit of one’s happiness, there is risk in varying degrees. Once you accept this, and that the alternative of a coercive entity ‘ensuring’ safety not only fails to protect people but is the very instrument of harm against society, you are at the beginning of a scientific, well-founded appreciation of markets and prices, which goes hand in hand with free speech and ending the ‘war on drugs,’ advocacies the implications of which are easier to grasp.
Liberty and prosperity are defined just as much by failure as they are by achievement. It is through such a process of elimination that consumers end up connected to that enterprise which best satisfies their wants. The system also tends to direct ‘loser’ businessmen to their most consumer-beneficial role, whether this be of a ‘regular’ employee (whatever that is), or a tycoon in some other sector. As consumers, we all win, that is, to the degree that freedom and property rights awareness are present in a society.
COURAGE (OR AT LEAST, VANITY)
‘Safety not guaranteed’ is also a reminder that fighting for actual rights and freedom is not a harmless endeavor, whether this mean being shut out from family and friends, or being targeted by the political elite threatened by gadflies.
Because of such contrary views, one is looked at as a nutcase, with no chance to really explain one’s side, what with all the ridicule and contempt such opinions provoke among a government-embracing folk. [Level 2 Spoiler Alert] Crazy Calloway has to wait till the very end of the film to be redeemed somewhat. At the end of this crisis, I believe freedom will experience a surge, for lack of the state, now bankrupt. [End Level 2 Spoiler Alert].
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN
Calloway longs for a past to rectify his errors. So does our heroine Darius. In the same way, we lament the constant growth of the state, all the suffering it entails, and the unseen progress that never comes to be in a social system of political (coercive) means. We want to ‘go back’ to certain points in time exemplifying freedom, e.g. the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, EDSA 1986 People Power, etc.
Ultimately, however, standing for freedom means looking to the future. The past, ideal as may be bequeathed by time, can only serve as a guide, but is far from desirable in itself.
Watch ‘Safety not guaranteed!’ You’ll like it for the fun flick it is, even without sweating the political stuff. Even I just figured the politicial relation now, a night after watching it.