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House Of Cards: For Dummies

(VERY) BASIC TAKEAWAYS FROM HIT POLITICAL DRAMA … We’ve highlighted content from the group Learn Liberty once or twice in the past … The organization – which aims to advance scholarship related to “the importance of free markets, voluntary exchange, individual rights and peace” – has a nifty video up this…

(VERY) BASIC TAKEAWAYS FROM HIT POLITICAL DRAMA …

We’ve highlighted content from the group Learn Liberty once or twice in the past …

The organization – which aims to advance scholarship related to “the importance of free markets, voluntary exchange, individual rights and peace” – has a nifty video up this week which seeks to impart basic lessons from the hit Netflix political drama, House of Cards.

How basic? Well, for us watching Learn Liberty’s video – entitled “Frank Underwood’s Top Three Lessons for the Voting Public” – was like going back to Kindergarten.

Or receiving a telegram from Captain Obvious.

According to Learn Liberty, the lessons are …

1- As a general principle, we should be skeptical of politicians

2- Politicians trade favors for their own self-interest

3- Politics attracts those who are skilled at public relations, favor trading and power plays.

Well … duh. x 3.

Of course the video – while simplistic – is absolutely on point in debunking the liberal mainstream media’s criticism of the show.

“Though some might call House of Cards deeply cynical, it’s better described as an unromantic and realistic view of politics,” the video’s narrator, St. Lawrence University economics professor Steve Horwitz, says.

Horwitz is also correct when he notes that the solution to the problems outlined above is “a more limited government.”

“If we want to prevent more Frank Underwoods from climbing the political ladder, we need to change the incentives of politics in order to reduce the power of politicians,” he states.

Amen to that …

Here’s the clip …

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What do you think? Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below …

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13 comments

Pols are sociopaths February 21, 2014 at 10:43 am

Frank Underwood is the Keyser Soze of politics.

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Augustus Underwood February 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

A Democratic Congressman from SC’s 5th District, never visits his home district, ascends rapidly through the ranks while killing another Congressman and a well-known reporter, is married to a serial abortionist, and out powers the President of the United States to ultimately get his job. Yeah, “Real Deal.”

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Jackie Chiles February 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Exactly. The president in this series was such an idiot politically, there’s just no way he would’ve ever been elected in the first place.

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tomstickler February 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

Calling Dan Quayle on line 3!

Srsly, this is fiction; chill out.

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Statist bitching and moaning February 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

Yelp you hit dogs.

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Jackie Chiles February 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

This show lost me when FU starts making out with a Secret Service Agent with his wife.

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BDSM_FAN February 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I wish they hadn’t left that scene hanging. I think it would have been interesting to delve into further. The rules for right and wrong often blur when sensuality is in the mix. Step outside of your boundaries once in a while. It may not be a place where you’d want to remain, but it can be a nice place to visit from time to time.

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Jackie Chiles February 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Seems a little gay to me. Men are not attractive, at all. I’m honestly amazed that women find men attractive.

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BDSM_FAN February 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

You have to loosen up a bit. Let go of your fears and allow your imagination to run wild.

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Jackie Chiles February 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Right now, in my imagination, you don’t exist.

Halfvast Conspirator February 21, 2014 at 11:54 am

Bobby Harrell binged on the whole series

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fuspratt February 22, 2014 at 2:03 am

As an earlier poster noted this show is fiction.How many VPs in the history or future of the US have or may shove a lover into a train….Kill a senator….talk to a camera, FU appears to give SC some credit for having an intelligent guy in DC (obviously fictional).

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ELCID February 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Their using a “Centennial,” name to cloud their actual slamming of The Citadel is outrageous. The Citadel has faults, just like the rest of humanity. But, at least we have an Honor System that tries to instill ethics in our graduates. We’ve had a few graduates that have embarrassed the school such as: well you know who. But, all in all, when SC needed ethical leadership, The Citadel has provided most of it, time and time again.

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