Dirt Cheap: Roosevelt's Farming Propaganda Film of 1936

This 26-minute film is a classic example of subtle anti-free market propaganda. The Department of Agriculture produced it. It cost $6,000, which today would be the equivalent of $110,000. That was dirt cheap.

Roosevelt liked it so much that he created a federal propaganda film department in 1938.

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In 1999, I published a brief account of the film and its background. It appeared in Chapter 33 of my book, Boundaries and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Leviticus. I did not include it in the 2012 typeset edition. I thought it was too obscure for an international audience. I keep it online, however, in its original typed format. It includes the footnotes. Access it here. It is my assessment of the applicability today of Leviticus 26:4: “Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”

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