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The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV

Paul A. Cantor


Popular culture often champions freedom as the fundamentally American way of life and celebrates the virtues of independence and self-reliance. But film and television have also explored the tension between freedom and other core values, such as order and political stability. What looks like healthy, productive, and creative freedom from one point of view may look like chaos, anarchy, and a source of destructive conflict from another. Film and television continually pose the question: Can Americans deal with their problems on their own, or must they rely on political elites to manage their liv ... More

Keywords: popular culture, freedom, film, television, political elites, classical liberal vision, spontaneous order, 9/11, alien invasion narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813140827
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813140827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul A. Cantor, author