posted on Oct, 26 2010 @ 02:02 PM
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Who are the capitalist folk heroes of our time? The Social Network is a film that celebrates one of the greats, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
It might seem at first like an impossibly boring story that resists movie making: how Facebook came to be founded and grew, meeting trials along the
way and becoming the giant that it is today.
In fact, it is not only a super exciting and wonderful movie on its own terms; it is probably the finest movie about free enterprise made in our
times. It gets entrepreneurship in the real world exactly right. It deals brilliantly with all the important issues from the motivational drive behind
web startups (it is not necessarily money) and the impossibility of slicing and dicing ideas into ownership units. It reportedly mixes fact and
fiction, but that does not matter in the slightest for the many lessons and the overall theme.
Great article-slash-movie-review about the process by which freedom leads to economic progress. This is especially true of the first few paragraphs,
in which Tucker discusses how the movie illustrates free-market capitalism at work.
Large businesses have their origins as small start-ups, that became wildly successful for the value they produce
for others. This is a slap in
the face for those who somehow see free markets as a zero-sum "one person's gain is at the expense of another" way of looking at things.
Later Tucker goes into the implications in the movie about the concept of intellectual property (a concept which he and most of the folks at mises.org
Certainly worth a read.