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Paul A. Cantor

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Paul A. Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American film and TV. He is the co-editor, with Stephen Cox, of Literature and the Economics of Liberty. See his interview in the Austrian Economics Newsletter.

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The Poetics of Spontaneous Order: Austrian Economics and Literary Criticism

Media and CultureEntrepreneurshipInterventionism

01/22/2010Mises Daily Articles
"From the Austrian perspective, if some form of collaborative activity is involved in the creation of literature, it is still always collaboration among individuals, whereas in the Marxist view collaboration is typically understood in collectivist terms."
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Preface to Literature and the Economics of Liberty

Media and CultureEntrepreneurshipOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

01/15/2010Mises Daily Articles
"The Austrian School is the most humane form of economics we know, and the most philosophically informed — hence we regard it as the most relevant to humanistic studies."
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Literature and the Economics of Liberty: Spontaneous Order in Culture

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In a welcome change of critical perspective, Paul Cantor and Stephen Cox give an economic interpretation of literature from a pro-market point of view, not the standard Marxism take.
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Flying Solo: The Aviator and Libertarian Philosophy

The EntrepreneurMedia and Culture

07/27/2007Mises Daily Articles
Even though Scorsese may share the left-wing political opinions typical of Hollywood, writes Paul Cantor, The Aviator in many respects celebrates the spirit of free enterprise and, more generally, embodies a kind of libertarian philosophy. One may profitably interpret the film in terms of concepts...
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10. Conclusion: Culture as Pop Culture

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We have such a bias against commercial art in our culture that Cantor tries to show that some of the great art of the past grew out of commercial activity. Cantor had never played a video game, so he had to work through those. He sees that this is where things are going.
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