Today's resource isfive minutes of Milton Friedman. It will sound quite familiar to anyone who's been exposed to the propaganda of "American Exceptionalism"... but corrected in some very important ways. There isn't much substance to the five minutes, but it effectively demonstrates the flaws in the rhetoric of "fiscal conservatives" when talking to lefties.
It's actually an excerpt from a series of lectures that became a TV series and a book. I've read parts of the book and seen about half of the TV show, so I can't speak for the whole thing, but I recommend giving them a look, as the parts I have seen are legit. While the five-minute video from today is more rhetoric than substance, the book and the TV series is much more meaty.
A book written by Mark Corske was recently made into a pseudo-documentary film that is very well-produced and well- written. I strongly recommend that people watch the video on youtube. It's an hour long, but it can easily be played at 1.25X or 1.5X speeds. It gets a little choppy at 2X speed. It is well worth the time to anyone who has felt that "something isn't right" about the world they live in, and it's even thought-provoking to those who haven't.
Reading the book would be warranted, too. However, I feel that watching the youtube video for free is much less a commitment than buying and reading the book. There's also the issue of market forces... there is a certain AnCom vein that runs through this work, so one's money may be better spent on Rothbard or Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
If one hour is too long or someone doesn't want to watch a documentary, there is a third option to the documentary and book. Here is a 30-minute interview that covers pretty much all the same information and ideas, but without a cool soundtrack and powerful visuals.
All documentaries ought to have a "Based on a True Story" title card that they show at the start because, obviously, they are a movie like any other. They are trying to tell a story with a beginning, middle, and end with a compelling narrative that keeps people watching. As such, there is a lot of editing of reality, simply to fit a subject that spans the expanses of the human experience into a couple hours of film. What gets shown and not shown is ultimately the editor's choice, so one ought to be skeptical of a documentary and use it as a chance for starting an internal dialogue about an unfamiliar subject.
This documentary does a pretty good job of playing the middle-of-the-road as much as a documentary can, and it's fun to watch. It's about subliminal messages. While it's a little bit dated, so some of it's information is no longer accurate, it is still a fun watch which should encourage one to be selective in the entertainment.