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One cup of Jingoism, two cups of Protectionism and a dash of Bravado

January 29, 2005 by

Lockheed Martin to build Marine One:

In an appeal to the President, citing patriotism, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, a unit of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp., dumped its foreign contractors, including companies from Taiwan and Japan, arguing that only an all-American team could ensure the safety of the President.

Ignoring for the moment, who this helicopter will be flying or who really is purchasing the vehicles (apparently America owns a new 23-piece helicopter fleet, I call shotgun), the rhetoric and dealings reminded me of a dialogue exchange in The Aviator. Just as many utilities are insulated and subsidized from competition, Senator Brewster explains to Howard Hughes how it would be in the best interest of America to have only one trans-Atlantic carrier, Pan Am — and that “ruinous competition” from the likes of Hughes’s TWA is not an option:

Howard Hughes: You want to go to war with me?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: It’s not me, Howard. It’s the United States Government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?

Subsidized protectionism and racketeering at its finest. More: 1 2 3 4

{ 5 comments }

Isaac January 30, 2005 at 12:55 am

Even if the Aviator bombed as a film, I’m fairly certain that it brought out an important lesson to audiences worldwide about the evils of government, and protectionism. I don’t think any right-minded individual actually supported the position of the senator.

The little anarcho-capitalist inside of me was cheering for Howard Hughes when he opposed the senator, and I think I appreciated that bit more than my wife and friends who came out with us.

Mauro Mazza January 30, 2005 at 9:15 am

UnionLiberal latinoamericana

Excuse me, my english is not very good but I tried to do the best.

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Thanks and I’m hope in the liberty.

Mauro Mazza a student the austrian economic school.

Francisco Torres January 31, 2005 at 11:53 am

Hello, Maure! I will take a look at the site with interest. It is a shame there is nothing equivalent here in Mexico, my country.

Muchos saludos para tí y para todos los amantes de la libertad de Sur América.

Francisco Torres

Francisco Torres January 31, 2005 at 11:56 am

Perdón Mauro! Escribí mal tu nombre.

MauroMazza January 31, 2005 at 3:07 pm

Gracias francisco y espero que muy pronto en tu México despierte el alma libertaria, aun dormida para muchos.

Un saludo, Mauro Mazza

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