The Best and Worst Christmas Films (Libertarian Edition)

Reason TV's Kennedy throws lumps of coal at the most un-libertarian Christmas movies and specials of all time, a list that includes A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Memory, Love Actually, White Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street[*].

On the flip side, she explains why Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, It's a Wonderfu Life, and The Sound of Music are her favorite fare when snuggling up to the electronic hearth with her kids and a Super Big Gulp filled with 100-proof eggnog.

[*]: Watch the video to learn more about the hotly contested debate over whether Miracle on 34th Street is actually pro- or anti-individual freedom.

About 3:30 minutes.

Written by Kennedy and Nick Gillespie, with inspiration from Kurt Loder. Camera by Amanda Winkler and Zach Weissmueller. Produced by Meredith Bragg.

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    Charlie Brown was not an enemy of capitalism. His problem was that he was feeling isolated and emotionally detached because he was surrounded by 'friends' that cared more about the gratification of their own egos than being decent human beings.

    Libertarianism is not a license to be an asshole like Lucy and the rest of the kids were to him.

  • John||

    ^^THIS^^ To say Charlie Brown is an enemy of capitalism is to repeat the slander that Libertarianism means worshiping the market at the expense of all else.

  • ||

    More proof Kennedy + Nearest Cliff == Gravity Killz.

    She's one of those Celiac mutants, no? I hope a large batch of wheat products is snuck into her diet...

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Inside out, I can't describe it
    What you do to me
    Inside out, I cannot hide it
    Looking right through me
    Now I've reached the living end,
    Pointing fingers to defend
    And I'm guilty, and I'm guilty, and
    I'm guilty, and I'm guilty
    And you're guilty too

  • $park¥||

    Sonofabitch! Does this mean Tulpa likes Gravity Kills too? I like them and I don't want to have to stop liking them because Tulpa does.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I should have known better with a commenter like you
    That I would love everything that you do
    And I do, hey hey hey, and I do!

  • nicole||

    It's okay, Sparky. It's not like most of us have stopped liking math, after all.

  • Shmurphy||

    Stabbing Westward Gravity Kills, but Gravity Kills most shit now.

  • Shmurphy||

    So apparently the little GREATER THAN symbol is unwelcome in our little slice of libertopia. Just pretend that post makes sense.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Tea Party Stabbing Westward

  • ||

    All I can say is that A Christmas Story sucks huge donkey balls. I have NEVER understood the appeal of that movie. It's unfunny, not groundbreaking, and overall just a shitty movie.

  • John||

    It is very funny. And who cares if it is not ground breaking?

  • ||

    It's certainly not groundbreaking, but it's an amusing, nostaglic story with some pretty good acting from both the kid that plays Ralphie to Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon as the parents.

  • Translucent Chum||

    And the mom was topless in Slapshot playing Hanrahan's lesbian wife who slept with Paul Newman.

  • Hyperion||

    NUTTAFINGA!

  • John||

    She had a great rack as I remember.

  • BarryD||

    When it came out in 1983, it was certainly groundbreaking.

    It was nostalgic, but the polar opposite of sentimental.

    In an era where we can't even remember how long ago The Simpsons and South Park started (1989 and 1997 BTW), it's hard to remember how groundbreaking it was.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    There's a TV Trope for that.

  • Hyperion||

    You'll shoot your eye out!

  • Bill||

    It was hilarious to my wife and I for many reasons. In addition to the BB-gun meme, I used to accuse her of not rinsing the soap from our dishes very well (which is still true) and tell her she would give us all soap poisoning. Then her mom told my kids one time about the dangers of icicles. Then a few years later we saw Christmas Story.

  • PapayaSF||

    I liked it, laughed, and can see the appeal.

    A favorite but little-known Christmas movie, which I don't see as political, is Christmas in Connecticut (1945).

  • ||

    Too soon?

  • Brutus||

    Okay, Charlie Brown's a grump when if comes to holiday commerce, but he's easily got the best soundtrack. It's not every yuletide special that has Vince Guaraldi at the ivories.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Agreed, but you can buy the soundtrack without watching the movie.

  • Brutus||

    I've got it playing right now.

  • Teve Torbes||

    Bad Santa is my favorite. Not libertarian or family friendly, but definitely irreverent and the most fun to watch.

  • ||

    Bad Santa was awesome. Kind of depressing to think watch it knowing that both John Ritter and Bernie Mac are dead though.

  • John||

    Yet Rosanne Bar and Jennifer Lopez live on.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Also, Lauren Tom had a relatively rare live action appearance. Billy West often joked about his crush on Tom. After seeing what she looked like, I realized he was only half joking.

  • An0nB0t||

    Disagree. Every one of the thieves/extortionists received comeuppance (head exploded in internecine criminal disagreement, imprisoned, imprisoned, and shot eight times by overeager cops who promptly drop all charges and pay out), the fraudster father is still in prison, and the aggressor children got the shit kicked out of them.

    In fact, the final minute is perfect holiday libertarianism: a kid wearing a "shit happens when you party naked" t-shirt engaging in proportional defense of private property.

  • Teve Torbes||

    Good points. I stand corrected. I suppose it has at least a libertarian slant to it. Great flick, regardless.

  • John||

    Elf is actually fairly funny. But that is because of James Caan and Bob Newhart.

  • Redmanfms||

    Finally, somebody in the Wastes who recognizes that Will Ferrell isn't fucking funny.

  • John||

    He is not even close to being funny. Every movie he has ever made sucked. I tried to watch Anchorman the other night. It is unwatchable.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    He's very overexposed. I liked Elf and Anchorman, but he had a slew of movies where he basically played Ron Burgundy again and again.

    You should try "Stranger than Fiction", in which he was very good as a more serious character.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    You should try "Stranger than Fiction", in which he was very good as a more serious character.

    "Stranger Than Fiction"s main flaw is that it makes a sympathetic character out of a tax man.

  • Calitaxian||

    Dont blame the player, blame the rules the player is forced to play the game with!

  • Redmanfms||

    Yeah, well when I tell people that Ferrell objectively isn't funny they look at me like I whipped out my dick and started pissing on their loafers.

    Not even his impression of W was funny. Possibly the easiest man in the modern history of politics to satirize and Ferrell managed to fuck it up.

    I hate Will Ferrell. And as much as I think Seth MacFarlane isn't really all that funny either, the bit on Family Guy in which Stewie travels to 'wood to slug Ferrell for not being funny had me in stitches.

  • John||

    The other person who is not funny is Jud Apetow. His movies are all uniquely unfunny and annoying.

  • ||

    I thought The 40 Year-Old Virgin was hilarious. But other than that Apetow comedies suck.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    I thought The 40 Year-Old Virgin was hilarious. But other than that Apetow comedies suck

    Knocked Up actually would have been a more interesting movie if Katherine Heigel had gotten an abortion midway through the second act. But Apatow doesn't have the chops to do a story like that, because that would have involved some REAL maturation on the part of his characters, not the trite superficialities he typically focuses on.

    As it was, I couldn't shake the feeling that the real story in Knocked Up was the Paul Rudd/Leslie Mann proxy relationship for his marraige that he was portraying on screen.

  • MSD62581||

    Knocked up is the most overrated comedy of my lifetime. I have never seen another movie that so many people thought was good, but was actually terrible. It was a non-stop bitch fest of people yelling and being pissed off about being pregnant. There was virtually nothing funny about it.

  • Cyto||

    I'll see your "Knocked Up" and raise you a "Mean Girls". Every reviewer in the country was spewing praise for the incredible writing of Tina Fey. "Most Original Movie Of All Time!" my Aunt's fanny! There wasn't a single syllable in that movie that wasn't lifted from another crappy teen angst movie. And it wasn't funny.

    Despite this my sister, whom I otherwise greatly respect, thinks it is one of the best movies of all time. ('cause girls were mean to her in high school. It's a girl thing.)

  • ||

    I guess I am in a minority, but I feel the same way about Jack Black. I never once found him amusing. He reminds me of the guy in HS that tried really hard to be funny, but pretty much FAIL'ed miserably, but got laughs anyway for his total lack of self-awareness. So he kept on kepting on.

  • John||

    Jack Black is funny in very small doses. He was okay for the ten minutes he was in High Fidelity. But he cannot carry a movie.

  • Translucent Chum||

    Agree. I liked him in Saving Silverman and Tropic Thunder.

  • ||

    Jack Black is funny in very small doses. He was okay for the ten minutes he was in High Fidelity. But he cannot carry a movie.

    You shut your whore mouth! Jack Black is a genius in both School of Rock and Kung Fu Panda.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Black is very good but he is often poorly utilized.

  • Cyto||

    I agree, you can't argue with his performance in Kung Fu Panda.

  • PapayaSF||

    Not really a Jack Black fan, but School of Rock was very good.

  • Redmanfms||

    I guess I am in a minority, but I feel the same way about Jack Black.

    We may be the minority, but I concur.

    The best scene in any movie he was ever in was the scene in which Bruce Willis blows him to pieces in The Jackal.

  • ||

    That WAS him! *mind blown*

  • PapayaSF||

    I've never been a Will Ferrell fan, but he seemed perfect in Elf, which I liked a lot.

  • R C Dean||

    I thought Talladega Nights was amusing.

  • John||

    Mostly because of his side kick and the French guy. Will Ferrell has been in some funny movies. But those movies are always funny because of the work of someone other than Ferrell.

  • ||

    "I piss excellence!"

    The only worthwhile quote from that film.

  • Hyperion||

    Anarchy, anarchy, I totally don't know what that means, but I love it!

  • Hyperion||

    I love that movie. I also like Talldega Nights. Ricky Bobby, lol.

  • Mensan||

    "He is not even close to being funny. Every movie he has ever made sucked."

    also see: Sacha Baron Cohen

  • Cytotoxic||

    YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH. Borate was really funny.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Elf is great but Ferrell is terrible.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Elf is such a contradiction--the movie is honestly fantastic and a great Christmas film, but it's in spite of, not because of, the star of the movie. Christ, they could have put Edward Furlong in as the star and it would have been an improvement of the character.

  • dunlap||

    I think he's funny, not witty-funny but silly-funny. But I think the main reason people like him is because he has a personality that is endearing to a lot of people. He is to comedians as Will Smith is to actors. As in, they aren't close to the best but everyday joes like them a lot.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    We all know the best libertarian holiday movie and it ends with a certain someone from a certain private sector industry blowing up a certain celestial object heading toward a certain blue planet making it a certain best Christmas ever.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Coneheads?

  • ||

    The Fifth Element, you doofus! You deserve whatever tacky gift you receive this Christmas.

    Who wouldn't want Milla Jovovich as a Yuletide Greeting? You know she's practically royalty in my current neck of the woods? Mila Kunis gets all sorts of favourable treatment as well.

  • An0nB0t||

    http://www4.pictures.zimbio.co.....gCEvhl.jpg

    She does bear a resemblance to Prince Charles.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I think I'm on John's side when it comes to Ms. Jovovich.

  • ||

    Ty Basrana!

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    How the hell did "A Christmas Story" not make this list. It's nearing IAWL levels of overbroadcasting, but it's a very pro-capitalist flick.

  • John||

    And if I am not mistaken Jean Shepherd was a Libertarian in all of the best senses of the word.

  • Hyperion||

    Dunno, funny as hell.

    Some of the funniest shit ever on TV:

    The scene where the kid says fuck and claims he heard it from his friend, so his friend is getting the shit beat out of him on the other end of his moms phone call to the mother, while he sits with soap in his mouth.

    The scene with Scott Farkus. He had yellow eyes!

    The scene where the kid sticks his tongue to the flag pole, cause they triple dog dared him.

    All around classic.

    The sequel sucked ballz, unfortunately.

  • BakedPenguin||

    The scene where the kid sticks his tongue to the flag pole, cause they triple dog dared him.

    I really enjoyed that, because when my brother was 10, he told his friend this would happen. His friend didn't believe him, and was soon stuck. My dad had to come out with a big pan of warm water.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    And the creepy kid in the line for Santa, who kept saying "I like Santa Claus", and when they put him on Santa's lap he screamed like a baby.

  • John||

    I like all of the double ententra of his poor father getting the big blue bowling ball for Christmas and mom finally agreeing to maybe put out at the end of the movie.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I don't see why a libertarian can't oppose the commercialization of Christmas. Libertarianism is anti-coercion, not pro-business.

  • BarryD||

    Agreed.

    One of the best aspects of the free market is that one can decide when to buy whatever she wants with whatever resources she has, and when she doesn't care to buy anything at all -- all for whatever reasons she chooses.

    If I want to hate shopping malls (I do hate them), I can avoid them. I do avoid them to the best of my ability. I am saddened that the Macy's downtown closed, and now there's only one at the mall. Does this mean I can't favor the free market? I don't want anyone to ban malls.

  • Hyperion||

    If I want to hate shopping malls (I do hate them)

    That's what Amazon is for. I won't step foot in one of the fucking places. Why would you when everything you need can arrive right at your front door?

  • Libertymike||

    Matrix avoidance?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "...destroy an expensive rug that is the private property of their landlord. Instead of making ethically necessary restitution, they run out on this obligation."

    I just want to understand this, sir. Every time a rug is micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the owner?

  • iggy||

    That rug really brought the room together.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    TIED !!! FUCK!!!! GET IT RIGHT!

  • Cyto||

    I like your style, Dude. But, do you have to use so many cuss words?

  • Brutus||

    Why isn't Die Hard mentioned? Talk about a good libertarian Christmas flick...

  • Cowboy||

    Die Hard is the only Christmas movie I allow to be played at my house.

  • ||

    We have a winner. Incompetent LAPD and FBI are completely overmatched by a private sector criminal, who is only stopped by a genuinely brave cop that doesn't have an "I am the law" power complex.

  • ||

    Made even more poignant now with the demise of the Twinkie.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Thank god someone mentioned this. Die Hard is the best Christmas movie ever, bar none.

  • Xenocles||

    Please accept my late thanks for mentioning this.

  • RogerNorthup||

    Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer may be a great libertarian movie, but it's a terrible example of Christmas spirit. Rudolph's father first tries to cover up his "disability", and then he, Santa and the other reindeer embarrass and shun him. Likewise Hermie, the possibly gay, dentist elf is told to assimilate or else. No room for differences at the North Pole! And King Moonracer (who can freaking fly!) cant' be bothered to go talk to Santa about the misfit toys. He sends Rudolph and Hermie to talk him, IF they ever make it back. Geez!

  • Libertymike||

    Moreover, have you ever noticed that Rudolph leaves the door to the cottage open after leaving Herbie and Yukon C?

  • AlmightyJB||

    Yeah, my daughter said I ruined this movie for her when I pointed those things out to her:)

  • BarryD||

    Just roll all the South Park Christmas episodes, and forget the movies.

  • Rasilio||

    I'm fairly certain the first half of a Christmas Carol would be the best.

    Till they had to go and brainwash that monocle wearion bastion of Industry Ebeneezer with their damn hippy progressive nonsense.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Scrooge was a damn fine Objectivist until Kant conjured the spirits and tricked him!

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Oh, and I totally agree with Riggs about Miracle on 34th street being pro-libertarian. Just because the Post Office is involved, Kennedy has to hate?

  • TheBombDiggity||

    Weren't the Post Office employees depicted as lazy because they didn't want to deal with the Santa mail the way they were supposed to and just wanted to dump it on this guy?

  • Bill||

    Exactly my thought!

  • iggy||

    This video proves once and for all that we are the nerdiest political faction.

    I'm okay with that.

  • ||

    Here, you fools. This is clearly the best Christmas movie, because Bowie.

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  • ||

    Yeah I always loved this one as a kid.

  • Xajow||

    A Christmas Story is quite funny, and one of the better coming age movies, in my opinion.

    Anyway, I like Miracle on 34th Street (1934, and in black and white, accept no substitutes) for the overall anti-elitism attitude. It's a Wonderful Life on the other hand seems very much in the "capitalists are all greedy bastards" camp. (And the "you're better off if you never leave home" camp, but that is a different conversation.)

    Less troublesome are Christmas in Connecticut and Holiday Inn.

    The worst, which is surprisingly not mentioned in the video, are the myriad of versions of A Christmas Carol with the message that saving money = bad, responsible economic behavior = bad.

  • iggy||

    I think that what was bad about A Christmas Carol was the fact that an old miser was filled with hatred towards the world around him and acted as a slave driver towards his employee.

    This is another situation where we have to remember that being an asshole =/= libertarian. We defend your right to be an asshole, but I don't think I'm supposed to like it.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    IAWL is not too bad. I think the overall message was summed up by Clarence's final message, "No man is a failure who has friends." And a celebration of the importance of even a dull, ordinary life.

    And miserly capitalists ARE bad, along with miserly socialists. Sam Wainwright and Martini were capitalists too.

  • ||

    I always thought you could read the scene with the bank run as sort of pro-capitalist, in that George explains that everyone's money is invested in something else, and that makes them all better off. Maybe that is reaching a bit. It is at least a good excuse for a little time value of money lesson.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Yes. And there was never a government intervention in the film that wasn't destructive.

    It was more voluntarist than statist.

  • ||

    George's brother is the biggest asshole in cinema. Always leaving his kid brother holding the bag.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    And a celebration of the importance of even a dull, ordinary life.

    That's really the best message of the movie--that life doesn't have to be filled with adventures to have meaning and purpose. It's a lesson lost on too many people these days.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    Don't forget, George Bailey caused the economic collapse:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....02267.html

    And I disagree, miserly capitalists are awesome. They're producing as much as a normal capitalist, but never consume any of it, leaving all that extra wealth lying around for the rest of us.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    Well, Potter was not merely miserly but also dishonest, manipulative, and thieving.

  • Jake4Liberty||

    This is hogwash, and written by a crony capitalist. Potter was a crony capitalist, George Bailey was about the ideal for what a libertarian banker should be.

    Potter used his connections with the government against George. He was dishonest, stole George's money, and then called the bank examiner to have George shutdown.

    Potter's kind do not get far in the real world without having some sort of leverage with the government. Someone as despised as he will always lose customers to someone like George Bailey.

    As for the fact that he was trying to build decent homes, to say that this is similar to what happened with the housing bubble is straw man. George's savings & loan was a voluntary cooperative in a small town. Banking is much different when it is a community, and people know each other. Societal pressure and sense of responsibility is what kept a situation like that from turning into what we had in 2008: no sense of community, because everyone pledged their allegiance to the government instead of their fellow man...and no individual responsibility.

    The real message of IAWL is that it is important to develop strong social bonds and voluntarily work together toward common goals. The government didn't help them out, they helped each other out, all by choice.

    Even with the war: there was a draft board, administered by Potter the crony capitalist who was only so eager to send the poor off to die for a rich man's war.

  • Gladstone||

    Less troublesome are .... Holiday Inn

    Butler Shaffer would disagree.

  • Syd Henderson||

    Miracle on 34th Street was 1947.

  • A Mathematician||

    Jingle all the way.

  • Hyperion||

    Year without a Santa Claus was towards the top of my list, until they went and made that fucking asshat, Snow Miser, Secretary of State.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Well, Heat Miser was Clinton's Secretary of State.

  • Blueman||

    Thank you, I was wondering if someone would mention that movie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yon2YuXssvo

    I'm not sure if it is libertarian, but that song duel between the misers is boss.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here...with a big ribbon on his head! And I want to look him straight in the eye, and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-assed, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?"

    Sounds like the genesis of the Occupy Movement. (Except, of course, that he had an actual employer.)

  • Translucent Chum||

    We're gonna have the hap hap happiest christmas since Bing Crosby tapdanced with Danny fucking Kaye.

    Two of my favorite rants in the same movie.

  • John||

    That is the gift that keeps on giving.

    That movie has a hundred good lines in it.

  • Hyperion||

    I forgot all about that one. Good ol Eddie to the rescue.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    He even managed to make the horrible Vegas Vacation watchable.

    "I'll have, uh, some the yella...and don't get cheap on me!"

  • Caleb Turberville||

    "She wrapped up her damn cat."

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    Sounds like the genesis of the Occupy Movement. (Except, of course, that he had an actual employer.)

    LOL, no shit. Clark's whining at the end about "counting on the Christmas bonus" so he could put in a fucking pool is obnoxious. Maybe if he budgeted his money better, he could have had one put in whether he got the bonus or not.

  • ||

    "When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and... And Eddie with a man, with a man in his pajamas with a dog chain tied to his wrists and ankles. What the...?"

  • Bardas Phocas||

    I've become a big fan of 'Hogfather', a Terry Pratchett mini-series.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765458/
    Because they give the children pork products, and who doesn't like pork?

    And then Jack chopped down what was the world's last beanstalk, adding murder and ecological terrorism to the theft, enticement and trespass charges already mentioned, and all the giant's children didn't have a daddy any more. But he got away with it and lived happily ever after without so much as a guilty twinge about what he had done. Which proves that you can be excused just about anything if you're a hero, because no-one asks inconvenient questions.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I can't voice my main criticism of Hogfather without giving away a major spoiler. But you can probably guess what it is, it turns up at the very end.

  • ||

    I wish they made more Pratchett books into mini-series. The ones they have done have been pretty decent. I particularly want to see a Small Gods one.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I put it in my Netflix queue, and I will watch it tonight. Better not suck, or hell to pay Bardas.

  • dmz@sackeri.org||

    I'm actually really surprised to see "It's a Wonderful Life" on there. I saw it for the first time recently and was actually pretty put off by the characterization of the lender as a bad guy for making sound business decisions. I have to agree that with others I think Christmas Carol also falls into that camp a bit, especially since Scrooge is looked down upon for not giving his assistant a raise just because the guy can't seem to stop impregnating his wife, but I still think it's entertaining anyway.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    But were they sound business decisions? The Baileys were more generous but still made money on loans. The only time they were in trouble were the day of the stock market crash and the day Uncle Billy lost the deposit money.

    Plus, of course, the fact that Potter actively tried to destroy the Baileys and kept the money that wasn't his, and presumably sicced the bank inspector on them.

  • XM||

    I've read from a few libertarian site that challenged the notion that Dickens was criticizing capitalism.

    If I remember those articles correctly, Scrooge actually paid his clerk well. Whatever Cratchit made was supposed to be little more than what clerks typically made at the time.

    Also, Scrooge defers to the government ran poor houses when he was asked to donate money. He also said something like "the poor should die and decrease the surplus population". Dickens wasn't a fan of Malthusian opinion on population.

    Scrooge also hoarded money and lived a in empty house instead of living in luxury. Of course, it's his private charity that helps Tiny Tim live.

  • Sevo||

    XM| 12.17.12 @ 5:38PM |#
    "I've read from a few libertarian site that challenged the notion that Dickens was criticizing capitalism."

    By now, it hardly matters what Dickens intended. The story is sold as a condemnation of capitalism and business in general; a moral lesson on the inhumanity of logical decisions.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    My Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time:

    1) A Christmas Story
    2) Die Hard
    3) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    4) Miracle on 34th Street
    5) A Christmas Carol (1984)/The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Bonus: Jingle All the Way

  • Sevo||

    Putney Swope
    Bambi Meets Godzilla
    Just thought I'd round out the list

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Lethal Weapon has Jingle bell rock at the beginning, with guns drugs, dead hookers and other libertrianish X-mas fare.

  • An0nB0t||

    Dead hookers can't offer consent. Maybe just before they die, but generally speaking, no.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I think you can get a form for that online.

  • Teve Torbes||

    This may fall into the anti-libertarian message department since it's a version of A Christmas Carol, but I always liked Scrooged with Bill Murray. You can debate whether A Christmas Carol is anti-libertarian or just indifferent, but Scrooged was funny.

    "How many fingers does Mrs. Claus have in this drawing?"
    "Eleven"
    "It's crap! Get it off my wall!"

  • Nuked||

    This is my favorite Christmas movie. It is hilarious and if the ending doesn't make you feel good and want to call up a family member to say hi, you may not be human.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I am disappointed in all of you previous commenters.

    HOME ALONE!

    A wonderful story about a boy defending his property. Seriously, how was this left out?

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    I had to come back to also say, the Sound of Music is not a Christmas movie, nor one I want associated with my political views.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Oops, I forgot about Home Alone. It's a fantastic movie. My favorite scene is the part when the mother calls the police and they are completely ignoring what she's trying to tell them. In the end, it's a little boy with a b-b gun and an old man with a shovel who stop the bad guys before the police even get there. That's libertarian to the extreme.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbUeK1PP7-s

    And the theme is awesome too.

  • Certified Public Asskicker||

    And also the cop who goes to the house, knocks on the front door, and then quickly assumes no one is home.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    He steals from a convenience store, the little statist thief.

  • XM||

    Why is that mannequin wearing a Reason T shirt in the background not wearing any pants? I thought this was a family entertainment.

  • ||

    "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is naturally one of our family's favorite anti-collectivist holiday shows. The Grinch begins as a frustrated Bolshevikian-like agitator who deeply resents the greedy toy hoarding Whos and their loud celebrations of Capitalism and Commercialism. He attempts to steal their private property, much like a commie would, although he does not use the power of gov't to do so (probably because there is no gov't on his mountain top to do it for him). Instead HE makes the effort himself, and in the process, he is accepted into the society he previously plotted against and realizes that it's not so bad after all.

  • Libertymike||

    Plus, he conscripts his dog. Only totalitarians would do that.

  • Patriot||

    My favorite political movie is Idiocracy. It may be looked back on as the defining work of our time, as it is the only fiction work to speak the unspeakable. The opening scene, where the high IQ Trevor and Carol state that it would be stupid to have kids "the way the market is right now," meanwhile the low IQ Cleavon has impregnated much of his trailer park, will probrably be shown in a great many classrooms of the future. And it was almost killed by the so called "conservative" Fox Broadcasting.

  • newshutz||

    The story of the von Trapps after "The Sound of Music" is even more libertarian. They come to the US and build up cash on music tours, then start a successful business.

    The Maria's book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers" is pretty good

    IIRC, The Captain was pretty anti-war not just anti-Nazi based on his WWI experience.

  • Moogle||

    I'm an odd duck, so here's my must watch Christmas films or specials each year

    A Nightmare Before Christmas because Pumpkin King and Elfman score

    Life Of Brian because it is a surgical strike dismantling of every religion ever

    South Park Critter Christmas because cute furry animal blood orgy

  • Jake4Liberty||

    A lot of folks commenting on here seem to think that being anti-greed is somehow anti-liberty, but there is a huge difference between free-market capitalism and crony capitalism.

    In the case of Christmas Carol, indeed, Cratchit should have found a job somewhere else. No other jobs? He could have stopped having kids. Sure, but when you boil it all down, Scrooge had tons of money, but was a miserable man. The fact that he actually made so much money as a total asshole is beyond me. My only guess is that he was a crony capitalist who had some connection to the government which allowed him to keep other competition out. Having said that, in a true libertarian society, assholes like Scrooge will not succeed as well. you must have societal connections. In the end of the story, that was sorta the point, that he was unhappy because he only focused on money, not on the other intangibles that make life worth living. Libertarianism is not just about money, it's living the life you want.

  • Teve Torbes||

    well said.

  • ||

    How The Grinch Stole Christmas (original), is hands-down bar-none the very best annual televised solstice season fare ever produced.

    No religion, no politics, no divisiveness of any sort. Just the wholesome message of peace and goodwill as told by two American treasures: Theodore Geisel (aka Dr Seuss) and Chuck Jones.

  • Beezard||

    Miracle on 34 th is all libertarian. Yeah, the post office is in it (it's constitutional), but they're dumping the letters on Chris because it personally benefits them to get rid of them.

    Everyone is driven by personal motivations in that movie.

  • Beezard||

    And Rudolph is fairly unlibertarian in that Rudolph is only the hero because he's useful. It's a utilitarian movie. An extremely cruel one.

    It does have that gay elf who wants to be a dentist though.

  • Beezard||

    Santa Claus is coming to town has way more libertarian street cred than Rudolph.

    Frosty's just stupid.

  • Moogle||

    I hated the Rudolph special as a kid. Oh, he's useless and outcast until this authority figure decrees him worthy? Eff that noise.

  • Tablet pc||

    Haha, i like christmas

  • Bill||

    I think Kennedy is confusing libertarian with libertine.

  • Patriot||

    This entire magazine is confusing libertarian with libertine.

  • The Great & Marvelous meh||

    Ghostbusters 2 has a montage shot of the guys wearing Santa Claus hats; which obviously passes the criteria needed to be considered a holiday movie.

  • bry4321||

    Trading Places

  • Disgusted Dem||

    I'm disappointed there's not going to be a new Anthony Bourdain Christmas special this year. This bit was axed from last year's special by the Travel Channel censors:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p1JYvV178E

    But at least this scene made the final cut:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrY5WgCcSBQ

  • Brian from Texas||

    Though he became less religious to the point he stopped going to church altogether in his later years, Charles Schulz was still a devoted Christian at the time A Charlie Brown Christmas was made. Much of his work at the time certainly reflected Christian virtues of piety and modesty. As a practicing Jew I certainly empathize, and I certainly don't believe such atttitudes are in themselves anti-capitalist.

  • Tablet pc||

    I like watching film in christmas day, it is so good

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  • Jeff V||

    Best libertarian Christmas movie of all time is “Last Holiday”. The main character, though very working class has been wise and saved a large sum of her meager earnings over a long period of time (fiscal responsibility) . She finds she is terminally ill, she decides to follow her dreams and take a vacation at the hotel where her roll model is chef. There she avoids seeking sympathy for her plight and just decides to make the best of it and stays positive and optimistic. She learns that race is not a universally defining feature and people people of all sorts get along. In her experience with costars the movie demonstrates the problems of crony capitalism government corruption. When its found she has been misdiagnosed, she returns home and completes her life dream by starting her own business, a restaurant.

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