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Changeling, from Vincent Andres

November 14, 2011 |

 I just watched Changeling  directed by Clint Eastwood (2008) yesterday and found it's a very Randian story.

The story occurs in Los Angeles in 1928. A little handful of individuals trying to fight against the system. Alas the movie is based on a horrific and true story: "the chicken coop murders".

I found the story interesting because of the depiction of how information, gaining information and broadcasting it, can change things. And also, sadly, how so many people not only cooperate with the system, but will peacefully destroy those who don't.

Rev. Gustav Briegleb Dr. Gustav A. Briegleb (September 26, 1881 – May 20, 1943) Briegleb was a Presbyterian minister and pioneer radio evangelist. He was the pastor of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Jefferson Boulevard at Third Avenue, Los Angeles, California. He took up many important causes in the City of Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s, most notably the poor handling of the Walter Collins kidnapping case in 1928. He fought to have Christine Collins released from a mental hospital after she was committed there as retaliation for disagreeing with the LAPD's version of events.

The movie is a bit long, but worthwhile.


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  1. Alice Allen on November 16, 2011 11:08 am

    I endorse your position that “The Changeling” is a very valuable movie. The true plot is suspenseful as a thriller and narrowly as a women’s subjugation movie. But far beyond entertainment, its value for us now is its scary demonstration of what it feels like to have powerful people and institutions colluding with strong, incessant messages you know with every instinct are false. Remembering lessons from social psychology
    [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments],
    I am resisting more consciously the overwhelming programming toward conformity all around us and trying to solve the right problems, not just those that are hyped in the marketplace, as in successful trading.

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