Monday, December 04, 2006

The Invisible Gnomes of South Park

Occasionally I come across ‘off the wall’ expositions of philosophical ideas, including associated ideas from economics. This morning I found in Lew a little gem. It is called 'The Invisible Gnomes and the Invisible Hand: South Park and Libertarian Philosophy and is written by Paul Cantor, Professor of English at the University of Virginia (author of Gilligan Unbound: Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization).

Who would have thought that the “childrens’” tv show, South Park, contains within it Socratic philosophy, with a fair does of Libertarian thought? Not to mention an element of Adam Smith’s (though with my usual caveat).

The result is enjoyable and instructive. I believe English specialists call it ‘deconstructing’ a text, in this case a childrens’ tv series, and Paul Cantor does it brilliantly. Go on, read his funny but serious piece on Lew Rockwell’s site at:

PS: Apologies for my lack of gravitas, but on this occasion I am resisting having a go at the usual nonsense (in this case funny) about 'invisible', er, 'gnomes'.

Scholastic rectitude and purity of thought must sometimes give way to a bit of humour – otherwise what’s the point?


Blogger caffinemarketing said...

This new video from Greenpeace Canada spoofs for an ad that informs people about the thawing oceans. I like the idea of using South Park characters and the flash animation is very smooth and colorful. The only downside is the voices are just terrible and the conversations are rather weak. It's funny how Cartman Crab says 'ass' but at the end of the video they censor the word. Apparently Canadians are allowed to swear as long as it verbally.

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