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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday morning cartoon: "Make Mine Freedom" 1948

A 1948 cartoon makes the argument for capitalism, freedom and the American way against the collectivist "ISM" being peddled by a snake-oil salesman.

Posted by Kalim Kassam on May 16, 2009 | Permalink


How remarkably progressive! If only Ontario were as advanced as this 60 year old cartoon!

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-05-16 12:10:59 PM

Random thoughts wile viewing the cartoon:

1. I love it! We need more political debate in this format and less cable news talking heads!

2. Why is Conan O'Brien playing the farmer?

3. Isn't "capitalism" also an "ISM"? And "libertarianism" too?

4. Joe Doakes? An American inventor in the 1890s with the freedom to make a motor car? A good story, except the car was really developed by Karl Benz in 1885, a German living under the "freedom" of Emperor Wilhelm's German empire under Bismarck's leadership (who, incidentally, introduced publicly funded health care, old age pensions, disability and accident insurance while Benz was making his machine).

5. The unnammed "ISM" is bad beacuse it would make labour strikes illegal? So the cartoon promotes a system that protects unions' right to strike? Hmmm....

6. "... preaches race hatred ..." Interestingly progressive throw away comment ... especially since everyone in the cartoon is white....

Posted by: Fact Check | 2009-05-16 1:38:54 PM

It's awesome how the opening music is---" God Save the Queen " ----British Monarchy theme plays as the camera close up pans across the statue of Liberty--can't miss that cue,
Canada, you is the chozen peeps

A Queen at the top of the system and a bunch of prosperous capitalists chasing off the evil dope seller who slithers amongst them to screw them over - forever--- thats just the best scenerio - easy class distinctions. stiffing the cops wanting into your house, mixed race schools. organic farms, hot fertile hetro capitalist anime chicks - all fighting off the leftist Jolly Green Giant and beating his ass..and not missing a day of work -- and if anybody was Gay we didn;t have to hear about it ..
-- Ayn Rand would have loved this film..afterall- she totally approved of " Charlies Angels " - God Bless Farah Fawcett

Posted by: 419 | 2009-05-16 1:56:34 PM

Yo Fact Check-

there was an authentic negro cartoon character in the classroom segment in the casual mix of pupils..

This era in American animation also brought us the Disney feature "Song of the South" where you would be hard pressd to find a pink character.. This film was withdrawn from distribution in the 70s' because white liberals didn't;approve of it.
Superstar Bing Crosby sang the theme song and performd the narration..
Liberals- they wreck all the valid good clean fun in pop culture

Posted by: 419 | 2009-05-16 2:12:11 PM

Fact Check,

Yes, capitalism, libertarianism and liberalism are all "ISM"s themselves. This cartoon is from the beginning of the Cold War era, and the "ISM" being represented is a very specific reference to soviet-style Communism. See this cartoon of the same year and style to see that the American "free-enterprise" system being defended here is not the pure laissez-faire promoted by me and others on this blog (which also, incidentally, protects right of individual workers and unions to strike), but instead the post-war American market-based mixed-economy.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-05-16 3:12:05 PM


Quoth La Wik:

"My Country, 'Tis of Thee", also known as "America", is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The melody is that of the British national anthem, God Save the King or Queen, although Smith encountered it by way of a German adaptation. The song served as a de facto national anthem of the United States before the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the official anthem.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-05-16 3:15:16 PM

OK Fact Check- you havedone a fine and proper job on this

I concede to your better explanation: , The USA & GB are just tribute bands redoing " God Save the Kaiser "

Posted by: 419 | 2009-05-16 8:23:08 PM

The cartoon spotlights and promotes freedom. It tries to undermine totalitarian regimes. I apply its message to our North American situation existing today. It's easy to see the totalitarianism(ISM) in our situation.

Posted by: dewp | 2009-05-17 7:34:50 PM

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