Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Disney's 1943 Anti-Nazi Cartoon: "Education for Death"

Years ago, during WWII, Walt Disney released a brilliant short film entitled "Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi," which explored the Nazification of children since their very birth. Gary North comments that "this Disney cartoon goes beyond wartime propaganda. It raises the question of the legitimacy of tax funded education in general." This cartoon, in my opinion, transcends the simplistic propaganda of Frank Capra's Why We Fight and explores a far deeper message on the dangers of government education that most of the viewers of this cartoon failed to recognize. 

Isn't this cartoon similar to the American education system? Karen De Coster comments: "It's funny how applicable this propaganda is today, right here at home, eh?" Notice the similarities between the Nazification of education and the public school education of today. In our schools, we have an official version of history that precludes any sort of revisionism (except, of course, when revisionism benefits the establishment). Here are some of the myths: capitalism caused the Great Depression, FDR saved capitalism, nullification and secession are evil, Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest leaders of all time, the Civil War was all about slavery, discrimination is evil, the medieval period was entrapped in flat-earth theory, public education is good and so on. On capitalism and the Great Depression, see Murray Rothbard's 1959 letter to the William Volker Fund. On FDR and capitalism, see here. On the issue of nullification, see here. On Abraham Lincoln, see the King Lincoln archives at LewRockwell.com (LRC). The articles in this archive would explode your thinking on Lincoln. Also, on whether the South was all about slavery, I would refer you to the 10th chapter in historian Thomas E. Woods's book 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask, which I am in the process of reading. On discrimination, see here. On the flat-earth theory and medieval history, see here, and on public education, see Murray Rothbard's monograph Education: Free and Compulsory. For more information on the lies in public schools, see Listverse's list, particularly #6, which reminds us that Abraham Lincoln was not the Great Emancipator we all thought him to be. Also, for more information on public schooling in general, I would refer you to the work of John Taylor Gatto

Here is the film. Enjoy.

Note: Some of the German in the short film is not subtitled or translated. 

Letter of Liberty News Edition (7-02-2013)

So begins the second edition of my Letter of Liberty News Edition.

Walter Williams on why we ought to distrust government, as the Founders of this country did. We should also celebrate any attempt by local state governments to disobey and nullify unconstitutional laws, says Williams.

Marc Clair's new Mondays with Murray explores Murray Rothbard's classic essay "Why Be Libertarian?" The reason we ought to be libertarian, according to Rothbard, is to instantaneously abolish all invasions on the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, the libertarian is an abolitionist. Also, a companion article would be the late libertarian Harry Browne's (who was also the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000) "Why You Are A Libertarian."

Ron Paul exposes E-Verify.

It seems that George Zimmerman was threatened by Trayvon Martin, who said, "You're going to die tonight, motherf***er." as he was being attacked. The Daily Mail reports on this.

Bill Sardi exposes Obamacare (Oh-Mama-Care! as he calls it) in all its evil glory.

WikiLeaks publishes a new statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow.  "For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum." At the end of the day, the Obama administration doesn't hate whistleblowers. On the contrary, "the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be."

Gawker has it out that the Washington Post is just a bitter old newspaper that wants to persecute Edward Snowden and defend power. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have been wrongly indicted, according to Stephen Lendman.

Libertarian economist Peter Schiff on the gold cycle. 

Economist David Stockman on the free-market economist Milton Friedman as freshwater Keynesian.

Justin Raimondo at AntiWar.com on how Edward Snowden is a symbol of politics and persona.

Jacob Hornberger on an imaginary trial of an imaginary person named Dietrich Schmoller. 

Libertarian feminist Wendy McElroy on the culture of denunciation being created.

Daisy Luther, the Organic Prepper, on how to survive a two-week power outage.

Glenn Greenwald on how the NSA is harvesting your online data and how the NSA collected bulk data for two years under Obama—under a program started by Dubya.

Glenn Reynolds at USA Today assures us not to fear the leaker.

Will Grigg comments on Edward Snowden's "safe and dreary" global prison, which is somewhat similar to the Roman Empire.

The Reformed Libertarian gives a Christian perspective on Murray Rothbard's essay "Why Be Libertarian?".

Robert Higgs at the Independent Institute blog wonders whether we should fight "for king and country" at all.

Norman Horn, host of LibertarianChristians.com (LCC), reviews Ron Maxwell's (of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals fame) new movie Copperhead. The movie details the story of the Northern opponents of the Civil War, who were known as the Copperheads. I haven't seen the movie; however, I might plan to some time in the future.

Investor and broadcaster Theo Caldwell at The Daily Caller asks whether America is free at all.

Alternative health doctor Joseph Mercola on how sensible sun exposure can prevent cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, and hundreds of other health problems.

Her.menutics, the women's blog at Christianity Today, exposes the not-so-pretty little liars.

Why does Edward Snowden want to go to Ecuador? Harold Maass explains why at The Week

Doug Newman at the Food for the Thinkers Blog (one of the best Christian libertarian blogs, in my opinion), reminds us of the similarity between George W. "Dubya" Bush and Barack Hussein Obama, and explores the utter hypocrisy of those who hate Barack Obama but love Dubya.

Conservative Christian columnist Chuck Baldwin on what John Hagee and other evangelicals really want when they beat the war drums.

The Reformed Libertarian on homeschooling and the battle for children's minds.

Justin Raimondo at The American Conservative asks whether Edward Snowden is our ideal Randian hero 

Eric Metaxas explores what turned off atheists to Christianity. The answer may surprise you.

It seems that a liberal is arguing that abortion is good and saves money, reports Napp Nazworth at the Christian Post.