From the News about Libertarian Utopias… to Danny Boyle’s film « The Beach »… and the Tsunami

One potential model is something Friedman calls Appletopia: A corporation, such as Apple, “starts a country as a business. The more desirable the country, the more valuable the real estate,” Friedman says.

Rule of law, fairness, and a lack of corruption leads to more economic growth than low taxes.

FCD’s sudden interest in Honduras reads like an epilogue to The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein’s 2007 book tracing the checkered history of free market reforms in the wake of political crises (think 1970s Chile, 1990s Russia or 2000s Iraq). The Doctrine’s godfathers, in Klein’s telling, are Milton Friedman and his disciples in the University of Chicago’s economics department. Now it appears his grandson is offering to experiment with the legal system of one of Latin America’s poorest countries.

Extracts from FastCo.Exist « Former “Seasteaders” Come Ashore To Start Libertarian Utopias In Honduran Jungle« .

The Beach (film)

The Beach is a 2000 adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and features Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet. It was filmed on the Thai island Koh Phi Phi.

Plot

Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American backpacker in Thailand, goes to Southeast Asia with the intention of experiencing something radically different from his familiar life. He meets Daffy (Robert Carlyle), who is crazy and rants on about a beach paradise on a secret island and the parasites of civilization. Daffy later commits suicide but leaves Richard a map to the island, convincing him that it exists.

Controversy

Controversy arose during the making of the film due to 20th Century Fox’s bulldozing and landscaping of the natural beach setting of Ko Phi Phi Lee to make it more « paradise-like ». The production altered some sand dunes and cleared some coconut trees and grass to widen the beach. Fox set aside a fund to reconstruct and return the beach to its natural state; however, lawsuits were filed by environmentalists who believed the damage to the ecosystem was permanent and restoration attempts had failed.[7]

The lawsuits dragged on for years. In 2006, Thailand’s Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling that the filming had harmed the environment and ordered that damage assessments be made. Defendants in the case included 20th Century Fox and some Thai government officials.[8]

After the film premiered in Thailand in 2000, some Thai politicians were upset at the way Thailand was depicted in the film and called for it to be banned. The depiction of the drug culture was said to give Thailand a bad image and having a statue of Buddha in a bar was cited as « blasphemous ».[9]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the film features « 8 Ball » by Underworld, as well as tracks by Orbital, Moby, Blur, New Order, Sugar Ray, Faithless, Leftfield, and others. The song « Touched » by VAST was included in the movie but omitted from the soundtrack. The All Saints song « Pure Shores » topped the UK Singles Chart. The soundtrack was co-produced by Pete Tong.

The film score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti, and a separate album containing selections of his score was released as well.

More on Wikipedia.

The Boxing Day Tsunami

Two of the beaches (Ko Phi Phi Leh and Phuket in Thailand) where this was filmed were affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004.

During the filming of the movie the film crew remodeled and flattened the beach using a tractor, making it unstable. The Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 allowed the beach to be naturally restored to its previous state, much to the relief of the locals.

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163978/trivia?tab=tr&item=tr0767987

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa

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