This was our group’s second movie debut ever and it was a hit! We had a group of almost all new members and had a riveting discussion. Everyone was thrilled with the movie and thought that it was very well done. Most of our members had a little background knowledge of Ross Ulbricht and the Deep Web in general, but this movie was certainly educational.
Personally I had heard of the Silk Road but I was unaware of the potential legal ramifications involved with shutting the website down. We had a criminal justice major in the audience while we were watching this and he was able to give us a breakdown of the legal jargon presented in the movie. Overall everyone learned something new about the internet and the laws applying to it.
I was surprised that this movie touched on almost every single libertarian issue. We had conversations about the drug war, the military state, the industrial prison complex, and the increasing power of the federal government. I was really happy because we had a new member there who had only a tentative idea of what libertarianism is, and this movie gave her a complete education. The conversation we had after the movie really helped solidify my ideas about the expectation of privacy on the internet and my abhorrence to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protection of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), both of which allow the Feds to regulate whats on the internet.
By the end of this event we all walked away a little more knowledgeable and a little more secure in our libertarian principles.Published in