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Second-Banana Blues

Veep, cringe comedy, and laughing at Washington so you don’t cry

MAY 13, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Power-worship in D.C. and shows about it is nothing new. Playing it for slapstick rather than fetishizing it, however, makes Veep a welcome change of pace.

Emotional Dictatorship

MARCH 05, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

A new documentary shows North Koreans as agents of their own liberation.

No Sleep Till Johannesburg

Searching for Sugar Man and spontaneous order

FEBRUARY 05, 2014 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Music creates spontaneous, unpredictable communications directly from person to person. That makes it essential to life--and a persistent threat to power.

Chemistry Is What We Are

Breaking Bad shows exactly how entertainment can become art, and why the distinction matters

OCTOBER 16, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

There's a lot that can be said about Breaking Bad. What's more interesting--and what makes it art--is what our reactions say about each of us.

Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans

Science fiction with technology that's more realistic than its politics

SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 by ANDREW HEATON

Elysium's cyborgs and floating space colonies are plenty of fun. They're also a lot more realistic than the straw men peopling the film or the economic theory underlying its plot.

Take Me Out to the Cleaners

Crony Capitalism and Stadium Funding

JUNE 12, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Stadium funding deals amount to making some people's leisure-time preferences a matter of law, then forcing everyone to transfer money to the already wealthy.

The Hair of the Dog

APRIL 08, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Robert Zemeckis and Denzel Washington team up to present an excellent piece of character development. Then Zemeckis sacrifices all of the nuance for the sake of a tidy ending that presents the State as the realm of the gods.

Zero Dark Maybe

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 by MICHAEL NOLAN

Sorting out how your political beliefs relate to your entertainment choices isn't always a simple process. When it comes to a movie about the war on terror, though, the stakes get a little bit higher.

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July/August 2014

The United States' corporate tax burden is the highest in the world, but innovators will always find a way to duck away from Uncle Sam's reach. Doug Bandow explains how those with the means are renouncing their citizenship in increasing numbers, while J. Dayne Girard describes the innovative use of freeports to shield wealth from the myriad taxes and duties imposed on it as it moves around the world. Of course the politicians brand all of these people unpatriotic, hoping you won't think too hard about the difference between the usual crony-capitalist suspects and the global creative elite that have done so much to improve our lives. In a special tech section, Joseph Diedrich, Thomas Bogle, and Matthew McCaffrey look at various ways these innovators add value to our lives--even in ways they probably never expected.
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