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Pirate Radio

March 4, 2010 by

The fight against a government monopoly and edict that stifle commerce and keep consumers from consuming the media they desire is a story worth telling and championing. FULL ARTICLE by Doug French

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Dick Fox March 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

There is a very interesting pod cast interview with Michael Heller from Columbia Law School concerning “the Tragedy of the Anticommons” here: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2009/11/heller_on_gridl.html

Heller talks specifically of the US use of the airwaves and how because of government control we are behind the rest of the world. He also talks about how the government has prevented new technology by limiting the use.

Gaurav Ahuja March 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I am not surprised by the bad reviews. I thought about seeing it, but the filth of the movie did not even want me to make it watch from a peer to peer network. I doubt it was intended to be a libertarian movie. Libertarians too often read libertarian themes into movies that were not even intended to have libertarian aspects. It seems like one of the cultural revolutionary movies that typically romanticizes the post 1960′s West. I am sure there are better stories to tell even if they are not made by the enemies in Hollywood.

PeterB March 5, 2010 at 12:13 am

It’s also worth pointing out that it was a socialist Labour government – rather than a Conservative one – that outlawed and shut down Radio Caroline.

Guard March 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

A local man here in the rural area where I live started a low power 100mw FM station and it became quite popular. The local licensed station, (called “the voice of no choice” because it’s the only commercial station that can easily be received during the day) complained to a state senator until the senator tried to have the station shut down. The station was entirely legal, being under the power limit for licensing, but the man got dragged into kangaroo court anyway. They had nothing to charge him with but ordered the station shut down, and then simply imprisoned the man under contempt of court until he complied. Quite apart from any illegality, a court can have you held for contempt here forever without any trial.

newson March 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm

juvenile, embarrassingly bad film. more libertine than libertarian i would have thought.
the characters were cartoon caricatures. the government chaps were made to look like fools, but there were so arch as to be unbelievable.

mpolzkill March 6, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Please help me here, Newson, so I can tell where you’re coming from and how cartoonish these bad guys are. Do you remember the government regulator heavy in GHOSTBUSTERS? A character actor, William Atherton, he also played the media heavy in DIE HARD. A little bit cartoonish in both roles, but very entertaining, and not really that far off his generalized targets, imo. Just wondering if you thought this Pirate Radio was cartoonish like that, or worse. Thanks.

newson March 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Juraj March 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

newson:
I hardly think it was meant to be a documentary. I found the film to be entertaining. Very good soundtrack (and I listen to jazz!). Obviously government characters were exaggerated but it does show how egregious their stupid policies can be.

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