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Rango: A Libertarian Spiritual Epic

April 1, 2011 by

Rango is a journey into the soul, and it depicts the trials of individuation haunted by the constant specter of death. There are strong libertarian overtones of the relationship of the individual to society and establishing a connection between redemption and the search for wealth.

FULL ARTICLE by Daniel Krawisz

{ 11 comments }

Virginia Llorca April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is going a little deep. I don’t think you need to look for this stuff in every movie, song or story you encounter. You can match up incidents in almost any work that parallel philosophical concepts if you think about it enough. But why? You do NOT walk away from this movie with any kind of enlightenment. My only thought was that I hoped they had at least one more water line into Vegas. And the armadillo was never even close to being roadkill. He was used to being run over and had adapted. I was kind of disappointed that the lizard’s false bravado brought him success. This is not the same as believing in yourself. I won’t even start on the destructive force of the overwhelming gush of water.

J. Murray April 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The upper echelon children’s’ movies are filmed with dual messages in mind. Top studios like Dreamworks and Pixar recognize that parents are also in the audience and go out of their way to make sure both age groups are satisfied with the end result. Because of this dual message, the audience will have to look quite a bit harder to see the more adult themes break through as it’s difficult to cram higher themes in with bright colors and simple humor.

Rango may not be the best example, but it’s there.

Daniel Krawisz April 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

My reaction to this movie was very different from yours it seems. I was completely blown away both times I saw it! I would have to say that seeing Rango was a movie theater experience that will probably stand out in my mind forever.

Virginia Llorca April 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Well, “Tangled” made me weep several times, so I guess it’s all about perspective. Thanks for your attention. I certainly respect your views. Not kidding. . .

cryptocode April 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Excellent, and beautifully written!
I have also noticed the strong connection between individuation and Austrians. To be a committed Austrian it is necessary in this world to be an independent thinker; i.e. not an automatic follower of the herd. And these days the herd are very strong and strong believers in the redemptive power of the progressives. ” Through small but progressive steps we will achieve the ‘American dream’, the City on the Hill”; or Marxism.
To be an independent thinker leads to true independence of spirit, aka Ayn Rand. (Among other ideations this leads to Austrian Economics also). And “The Ethics of Money Production” clearly shows the connection between independent money and the spiritual ethic.
Obama’s latest speach was brilliant in its clearly stated ‘fact’s’ that if the Federal Government does not reduce oil comsumption we will all go broke and die of starvation. (He points out that in the 1980′s we were the leader in alternative energy production and now we are not. He does not say that gov’t was not in as total control of energy production then as now.)

Daniel Krawisz April 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Thanks cryptocode! I’m glad you enjoyed.

JG April 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm

April 1st? Please…

Virginia Llorca April 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Aw, shucks. Ya think?

Virginia Llorca April 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

@JG Man, I felt suckered til I noticed the article was written March 25 in that Longhorn Blog.

Abhinandan Mallick April 4, 2011 at 8:06 am

That was a wonderful article Daniel, thank you for it. I would rather like to see the movie now too!

aonymous August 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I thought it had possible collectivist overtones too, in that the water line was probably owned by a private corporation. It got broken open at the end revealing that the mayor/developer and his cronies were creating a false scarcity. Everyone got, for free, what was being doled out for profit by a collusion between business interests and government. Rango didn’t privatize the water line or anything for his own ends. Everyone just shared equally what probably belonged to Las Vegas water company. Its similar to 2000 when rain water collectors in Bolivia were banned because private water companies owned the rights to the rain or state control of water in other instances.

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