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Ep. 154 Bob Murphy Analyzes “The Hunt” and “The Purge” Movies as an Anarchist

Bob offers his commentary on the movies “The Hunt” and “The Purge”–both produced by Blumhouse Productions–and focuses on whether The Purge storyline offers a challenge to Rothbard’s depiction of anarcho-capitalism.

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The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.

About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. Drol on 10/18/2020 at 3:24 AM

    What a great recommendation and episode, thanks bob,

    • Julia on 10/29/2020 at 7:06 PM

      The Elites have been hunting human children for many years. Increasingly we see the elites strutting their arrogance in a blatant way infront of us all.

  2. zpt on 10/18/2020 at 4:21 AM

    I listened to and got spoiled about everything but still watched The Hunt afterwards and while you spoiled everything it felt like a completely different movie than you described.

    I was laughing out loud about jokes against “the right” while laughing at the jokes against “the left”, so I watched it with my dad who’s a huge democrat and we had a fun time. It’s absurdist enough that there’s no way you can see this trying to make a political point, which is genius as it’s a comedy that makes political jokes while seeming non-political.

    • Robert Murphy on 10/18/2020 at 5:26 PM

      zpt when you say “it felt like a completely different movie than you described,” do you just mean there was enough novelty that my spoiling didn’t ruin it? Or do you mean, you think I mischaracterized it?

  3. Marko on 10/19/2020 at 4:17 AM

    Oh, I enjoyed every second of this episode. And in general, in my opinion, all your solo episodes are way better than the guest ones, because you enter so deeply into the matters when you are alone, and you are a very interesting and clever person. This time I will simply ask some questions:

    1.) In respect of the DROs, are you Rothbardian or Friedmanian? Or better, do you think that in Ancapistan there should be legal only the DROs based on NAP or any, like in Friedmanian view, where he envisioned the market competition between the sharia law DROs with many others, including the NAP based ones?

    2.) Who do you think should own the right for the justice? Do you think that in Ancapistan some DROs would have the right to process the murderers or thieves even if the victim (or the victim’s heir) forgave them?

    3.) How do you see the 2 moments when in the Purge Anarchy, the purger forgives the murderer of his son, and in the Purge Election, the senator accuses the member of a black militia to be the same as the NFFA when he wanted to execute the minister, one of the chief organizers of the senator hunt?

    4.) In Ancapistan, what would be stronger? If for example NFFA members, at certain point understood their sins and repented, what would be stronger, the right of the victims (or their heirs) to execute them or the Christian right to spare those that understood the sins?

    5.) How do you think that the majority of the viewers in America perceived the Purge movies?
    a.) as a reason more why the government should always enforce its laws
    b.) as a reason more why the government should never enforce its laws
    c.) none of the above, they simply enjoyed the pornography of violence

  4. Paul on 10/30/2020 at 5:39 PM

    Hello hello! I was recommended this video my James Corbett and I was not disappointed. I appreciate your perspective on things and I learned a lot. It’s refreshing to hear a normal human speak when everyone around me seem say/think the same thing more and more.

    I’ll try to share it with as many people as possible who I think will receive it well.

    Also is there any way to download this episode onto my own computer so I may archive it?

    • Robert Murphy on 11/01/2020 at 2:20 PM

      Thanks Paul. Yes if you click the “SHARE” on the embedded player for a particular episode, it will give a bunch of options, including the ability to directly d/l to your computer.

  5. zip on 11/17/2020 at 9:08 PM

    Arsonists. There won’t be anything to defend after the first purge. Postal workers included.

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