Will the city’s movie theater show a film called “America”? After several attempts at contacting management of Glen Cove Cinemas by several residents, management has responded, “as of now, no.” This is unfortunate–and a missed opportunity.
Dinesh D’Souza’s “America: Imagine A World Without Her” is the follow-up to “2016”, which eventually became one of the highest-grossing political documentaries in history. In America, D’Souza expands on his analysis of the progressive ideology–what he highlights is a narrative that America’s wealth was taken through force and that it has been a force for evil in the world. The Progressive ideology is also characterized by what economist Ludwig von Mises called the “anti-capitalistic mentality”. In the film, Mr. D’Souza unravels this ideology on a case by case basis.
Back to why Glen Cove Cinemas should show the film. In the trailer, there is a soundbite from Noam Chomsky, a beloved, overrated idol of leftist academia who calls America a “predatory colonial power”. Mr. Chomsky argues that “private capital, unless it’s constrained in some fashion, is extremely destructive.” “More destructive than even centralized federal power?” D’Souza asks. “In a country like ours, yes, it’s absolutely destructive.”
Yet private capital is what reopened the movie theater on School Street after almost a year of vacancy. The opening required an investment of $1 million to install digital projectors and bring in new seats and floors. Tax breaks were proposed to entice new owners, as supporters argued that the theater would create jobs and support nearby businesses. Still, this gets the cause and effect function backwards. We have a movie theater because we are a rich city with discretionary income, not the other way around.
For the cinema to survive, it must attract many residents and visitors with extra money to its showtimes. At $10 per ticket, it must sell 100 thousand tickets just to recoup the investment in new equipment–not counting its fixed costs of rent, labor, and utilities. What is needed is a return to economic growth–the national economy contracted by about 3 percent in the first quarter. This means people have less income to spend on movies and other entertainment.
D’Souza’s movie champions “the invention of wealth creation”–the idea that wealth in America is not stolen or confiscated, it has been created through free enterprise and capitalism. Other nations are now thriving as a result of the spread of this idea. However, we must start a discussion towards the renewal of these ideas as government policy remains hostile to industry through one of the highest corporate tax rates and increasing regulation of the financial industry and mandates on employers such as Obamacare.
Showing “America” would benefit Glen Cove Cinemas both directly and indirectly. D’Souza’s book of the same name is now number one on the Amazon bestseller list, and the movie received a Cinemascore of A+. Indirectly, more showings of “America” would encourage the debate on the merits of restoring American principles–which would leave more people with more income to support the movie industry.