Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kim Jong IL Dead, Alec Baldwin No Longer Worthless

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone (both outspoken libertarians), have made no secret of their dislike of the bureaucratic destruction of modern air travel. In a famous episode of South Park, they skewered the TSA (and the Segue scooter) by having their characters favor a new travel device("It") over government-regulated air travel.

They've also had recently-deceased dictator Kim Jong IL (in puppet form) poke fun of Alec Baldwin in their movie "Team America." Baldwin took their jabs in good humor, proving himself to be a far bigger man than Sean Penn.

Alec Baldwin has now expressed the common-sense desire to be allowed basic technological amenities during modern air travel. He's also recently responded to the activist group "We Are Change" that he's generally in favor of capitalism. He's also expressed dissatisfaction with his jackass brother's fascist political rantings. Are these his first steps towards joining Parker and Stone in becoming an outspoken classical liberal, or Libertarian?

...Time will tell.

I'd personally love to see him study and then embrace the label of enlightenment values, and become a major donor to Ron Paul, R. J. Harris, Reason Foundation, etc... He could test the waters by joining Citizens in Charge, Institute for Justice, or contributing to the ACLU's lawsuit against the PATRIOT Act.

We need more enlightened actors today. There doesn't seem to be a John Lilburne, Thomas Paine, or Voltaire of our time, or perhaps there are more of them and each is at a lower level of visibility.

Even so, I hope Baldwin pulls a "Vince Vaughn" and puts the last few pieces of the puzzle together. He can start by reading "The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve" by G. Edward Griffin, or Harry Browne's "Why Government Doesn't Work." ...Anything by Hayek or Mises would also be good.

Baldwin is certainly on the margin of really figuring things out. ...And he's a great comic actor.

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