As progressive politics infects more and more sources of popular entertainment, it’s becoming increasingly rare to find themes of independence, freedom, and self-determination in movies and television. Matt Kibbe is joined by Reason Magazine’s Eric Boehm, who points out that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an exception to this rule, containing many of the same elements that define the heroes and heroines in the novels of Ayn Rand. The story about a woman pursuing her dreams to become a stand-up comedian celebrates artistic integrity, personal ambition, and not allowing the petty envy or pessimism of others to stand in the way of a life worth living. At a time when the politicians in Congress are arguing about how many trillions of your dollars they are going to spend next, it’s all the more important that we take inspiration from those who, fictional or otherwise, are willing to stand on principle and do the right thing, even in difficult circumstances.
Did Ayn Rand Inspire The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? | Guest: Eric Boehm | Ep 230
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Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.
Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.
He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.
In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”
An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.View Full Bio