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Paul A. Cantor

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Works Published inThe AustrianSpeeches and PresentationsMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsThe Free MarketReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Austrian Economics Newsletter

Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies.

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Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture

Media and Culture

12/04/2009Books
In a welcome change of critical perspective, Paul Cantor and Stephen Cox give an economic interpretation of literature from a pro-market point of view, not the standard Marxism take.
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Flying Solo: The Aviator and Libertarian Philosophy

The EntrepreneurMedia and Culture

07/27/2007Mises Daily Articles
Even though Scorsese may share the left-wing political opinions typical of Hollywood, writes Paul Cantor, The Aviator in many respects celebrates the spirit of free enterprise and, more generally, embodies a kind of libertarian philosophy. One may profitably interpret the film in terms of...
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10. Conclusion: Culture as Pop Culture

Media and Culture

07/29/2006Mises Media
We have such a bias against commercial art in our culture that Cantor tries to show that some of the great art of the past grew out of commercial activity. Cantor had never played a video game, so he had to work through those. He sees that this is where things are going.
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8. The Rise of the Motion Picture

Media and Culture

07/28/2006Mises Media
The motion picture is purely commercial art. Lack of taste can earn a producer a fortune. This is the perfect intersection of commerce and culture. Most movies are bad, but many are very good. The movie form is so recent, that its history is right there to see. It was just a novelty item at first.
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9. When is a Network Not a Network?

Media and Culture

07/28/2006Mises Media
Television is not better because you don’t want it to be. The relation of government and television and movies are certainly not free markets, just relatively free markets. TV has always been in a regulated environment. TV is licensed by the federal government.
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