July 1, 2017

MAYBE I MISSED SOMETHING...:

Movie review: 'Okja' and the power of free markets to save lives (REV. BEN JOHNSON, JUNE 30, 2017, Acton)
  
Okja, the new film from the director of Snowpiercer, was simultaneously released online and in the theater to coincide with the extended Fourth of July holiday. But Okja, which seeks to portray capitalism in a negative light, deserves to be remembered for its portrayal of how free markets save lives. [...]

Ultimately, what saves Okja (the animal, not the film) is free market capitalism. Mija makes a consumer choice that she values her pet more than a solid gold statue. Mirando seeks to make a profit by catering to human needs. The conclusion of this film is the flip-side of Adam Smith's famous dictum that prosperity is not caused by the entrepreneur's benevolence; much less is a corporation primarily motivated by sadism. It bears remembering that the free market has long been involved in conservation - including the preservation of species facing extinction - from the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association in Pennsylvania, to the Sea Lion Caves of Oregon, to the work of Ducks Unlimited in preserving wetlands through private ownership.

Okja accurately teaches that each individual affects the world by choosing which products to purchase. Every dollar is a vote for or against a good or service. Only when denied this choice can a system impose barbarism on an unwilling society.

Fans of the free market would do well to vote with their dollars and watch something else besides Okja this summer.


...but, so far as I could discern, the gist of Snowpiercer was that the suicide of our species is preferable to income inequality.  

Posted by at July 1, 2017 6:25 AM

  

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