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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

HEADS UP: Marilyn Monroe Film Festival On TCM...In Progress

Norma Jeane Mortenson, aka Marilyn Monroe, was an American icon. She died on August 5, 1962 of "acute barbiturate poisoning," at least officially. All kinds of conspiracy theories have been invented surrounding her mysterious death. Had she lived, she would have been 86 years old tomorrow.

I have a hard time imagining Marilyn at 86. In fact, I can't. When I was young, Marilyn Monroe was the "it" girl. She was THE glamorous Hollywood sexpot all the guys adored. The photo of her standing on the subway grate with her dress blown up will always be her money shot. She lived life to the fullest and is best remembered flashing her easy, youthful, "come hither" smile.

To remember her illustrious film career and her famous life the Turner Classic Movies channel is showing a large selection of her films today. I've seen most of them. Personally, I think she was a better actress than critics give her credit for.

Niagara is playing now. It's a quirky murder drama in which Marilyn plays a scheming, murderous wife. I enjoyed the picture. What I remember most about it was a frantic performance by Max Showalter as a nosy neighbor. (Who wouldn't be frantic with Marilyn staying next door?)

Don Wilson, Jack Benny's long-time TV announcer and emcee, plays a visiting executive who must be high on something because he never stops gushing over something or other.

But back to Marilyn. Her TCM movie schedule is here. And Luis' glorious Marilyn Monroe picture page (nine pages in all) is here. Below are a few samples.


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