The 9:21 animated cartoon video below “Make Mine Freedom” was produced by Harding College in 1948 at the beginning of the Cold War in an effort to extol the virtues of free-market capitalism and to combat the threats of communism. The animated feature contrasts the values of free-market democracy with the values of Stalinist and Maoist socialism.
“When anybody preaches disunity; tries to pit one of us against the other through class warfare, race hatred, or religious intolerance, you know that person seeks to rob us of our freedom and destroy our very lives.”—from “Make Mine Freedom”
The feature shows starry-eyed utopian union bosses, corporate cronies, and progressive politicians ready to abandon all constitutional restraints on the federal government in exchange for womb-to-tomb promises of security.
“I hereby turn over to ISM Incorporate everything I have, including my freedom, and the freedom of my children, and my children’s children – in return for which said ‘ISM’ promises to take care of me forever.”—from “Make Mine Freedom”
But the pragmatic realist John Q. Public intervenes to save the day. However, over 60 years have passed and John Q Public has changed. He now dons rose-colored glasses, and he feels too much and thinks too little.
“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. … [They had] no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it … All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”—George Orwell Nineteen Eighty Four, Book One, Chapter 2
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