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What Gilligan’s Island Was Really About

July 18, 2011 by

The creator of Gillgan’s Island, Sherwood Schwartz, died last week, and the Washington Post asked Paul Cantor for his own interpretation of the television series, since Professor Cantor had written an entire book on the subject. The result is hilarious and interesting. Substitute the word Democracy for Freedom and we are getting somewhere.


Linux Is King July 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

“Gilligan is the perfect democratic hero because he has no claims to superiority. The Professor has wisdom; the Millionaire has money and social status; the Skipper has a kind of military authority as captain. Gilligan is the pure common man. And, of course, the only time the castaways hold an election, he is chosen as president. Throughout the series, Gilligan represents the triumph of the ordinary over the extraordinary.”

So, we should all strive to be penniless idiotic buffoons with no authority ? That’s the libertarian way of life ? That’s how you triumph in life ?

Horst Muhlmann July 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

When we were kids, we noticed that if they wanted to get off the island, all they had to do was kill Gilligan, since he was the reason all of their plans to get off failed.

Norm July 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Only libertarians are silly enough to believe that “democracy” and “freedom” are interchangable terms.

Sean July 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Actually what we know is that at least one non-libertarian is silly enough to believe that libertarians think that “democracy” and “freedom” are interchangable terms.

RTB July 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Of course they’re not. That’s why the substitution is suggested.

Richie July 19, 2011 at 7:13 am
mushindo July 20, 2011 at 4:36 am

The problem with Democracy is that it is not democratic.

mushindo July 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

…but a free market is….

Linux Is King July 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Libertarianism is bullshit:


“(would you really want to pay a fee whenever you leave the house or take a walk in the park)”
“and a public toilet is not an outpost of communism… even if it’s an outhouse of communicability. (Are you ready to piss your pants because you don’t have the pocket change? Or are you a Commode Communist?)”

Matthew Swaringen July 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Strawman stupidity. Following the same logic why don’t you have to pay a fee every time you connect to the internet or go to the cash register every time you pick up an item at the grocery store? It’s also not as though community parks couldn’t be community owned simply because you don’t have a state. There’s nothing wrong with communal ownership (or sharing) of some property, it’s just not right to force it on people…

“And if government is inherently corrupt because people are inherently corrupt, then it stands to reason that corporations—comprised of, you know, people—are no different. ”
Government isn’t inherently corrupt because of people, but because it’s predicated on the use of force. It’s also hilarious to hear this argument from a statist, because if corporations are so bad because of profit-seeking (that makes them accountable to consumers), how is the state better, when it’s accountable to voters who only vote after several years?

Please explain this mysterious magic by which government has a better incentive structure than the market?

Hexman July 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Only Fools throw pearls before swine, oh… what the heck, here goes.
Did you ever wonder if the Gov’t had less of your money you’d have more money to pay for those “goods and services” like Privately owned “Public Toilets”? and where are all those public toilets when you need one?

Isn’t also amazing how many Private Toilets there are when you go on a road trip that you would rather use then a Public Toilet. Amazing how many place don’t charge me to enter their place of business (private property), and use their Toilets, hoping and wishing that I’d spend some money in their establishment.

geoih July 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

Only a fool would think that parks and toilets fall free from the sky and nobody has to pay for them, now. Only a fool who deserves to piss in his own pants because that’s about how far their comprehension of reality goes.

RCnottheCola July 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

What is wrong with paying for what you are consuming?

Franklin July 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Although Jane Jetson wasn’t hotter than Wilma, Mary Ann was way hotter than Ginger.

vc July 19, 2011 at 8:24 am

Imagine having to pay for a bridge every time you didn’t use it. Oh, wait…

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