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Aaron Russo, Filmmaker and Libertarian Political Activist, Dies at Age 64
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Posted on 08/25/2007 4:59:29 PM PDT by LdSentinal

Aaron Russo, made famous by his films “Trading Places” and the Golden Globe-winning “The Rose,” died on Friday at the age of 64.

Russo, who had been battling cancer for an extended period of time, was also a well known political activist who openly criticized the U.S. government’s policies on the war on drugs and medical regulations. His libertarian views brought him many supporters and admirers and in 1998 he entered the Republican primary for governor of Nevada.

Despite falling short in the election Russo continued with his political aspirations and entered the 2004 Presidential race where he began his campaign as a Libertarian but did not earn the nomination from his party.

Russo pledged his allegiance to libertarian policies and was one of the first to endorse Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul for the 2008 election.

With Russo’s involvement in politics he blended his filmmaking art and created the documentary “America: Freedom to Fascism” which investigates federal income tax and the laws that supposedly support the act.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: aaronrusso; hollywood; libertarian; marines; nut; obituary; paulestinians; paulites; ronpaul; russo
"People know that 9/11 was an inside job," said Russo, "look what they did here in America, look at 9/11, look what they did - they killed thousands of Americans - people jumping out of windows from a hundred floors up - they don't care," said the director.

"There's no way that Building 7 came down without a controlled demolition, it takes weeks to do the controlled demolition, they couldn't have done it in a few hours like Larry Silverstein said - it blows the whole game - concrete doesn't turn to powder unless its exploded."

"We all know that 9/11 was a fraud - an inside job," concluded Russo.

And a Ron Paul supporter.

1 posted on 08/25/2007 4:59:31 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal
Russo ... was one of the first to endorse Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul for the 2008 election.

There goes half of his total number of supporters! =(

2 posted on 08/25/2007 5:00:59 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Atheist pro-lifer)
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To: LdSentinal
I liked his "Freedom to Fascism" documentary.

I bought it!

3 posted on 08/25/2007 5:05:55 PM PDT by Stepan12 ( "We are all girlymen now." Conservative reaction to Ann Coulter's anti PC joke)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; traviskicks; MinnesotaLibertarian

He was a talented filmmaker, and the artistic community has lost one of its more memorable members.


4 posted on 08/25/2007 5:07:20 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: LdSentinal

64 is way too young for anyone to pass away.

Prayers for his family.


5 posted on 08/25/2007 5:34:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: LdSentinal
I didn’t see the 911 conspiracy stuff in the article. Well. at least he had a sense of humor.
6 posted on 08/25/2007 6:09:51 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: LdSentinal

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7 posted on 08/25/2007 6:37:28 PM PDT by gunnyg
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To: LdSentinal

So he was a nut job.


8 posted on 08/25/2007 6:39:01 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: LdSentinal

Well he sounds like a real nutjob. That being said Trading Places is one of those movies I love watching over and over again. Many great lines from that movie.


9 posted on 08/25/2007 6:43:13 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (It's clear that cell phones have made women even more annoying!)
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To: LdSentinal

RIP Aaron-thanks for everything. you will be missed.


10 posted on 08/25/2007 7:09:14 PM PDT by mazza
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To: LdSentinal

Trading places is one of my all time favorites.

Sell Mortimer, selllllll!!!


11 posted on 08/25/2007 9:02:23 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Fight the illegal Mexican colonizers & imperialist conquistadors! Long live the resistance!)
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To: LdSentinal

Yeah, he was a Troofer and a bit of a paranoiac, but I think a lot of that was colored by having death at his doorstep for years, and being legally persecuted his pro-medical-marijuana activism. His fellow Libertarian, the late Peter McWilliams, also became a bit of an A-hole when he was dying of AIDS and got hauled into Federal court for similar self-prescriptive activities.

Rest in peace, Mr. Russo. Prayer for your family and friends.


12 posted on 08/25/2007 9:18:24 PM PDT by TFFKAMM
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To: LdSentinal

Could you try to show some class for once in your life?


13 posted on 08/26/2007 1:05:42 AM PDT by JTN (‘We achieve much more in peace than…unconstitutional, undeclared wars’ - Dr. Paul)
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To: traviskicks

Ping


14 posted on 08/26/2007 1:06:03 AM PDT by JTN (‘We achieve much more in peace than…unconstitutional, undeclared wars’ - Dr. Paul)
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To: LdSentinal

RIP.


15 posted on 08/26/2007 5:03:22 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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16 posted on 08/26/2007 9:04:47 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: toddlintown

No he wasn’t at all, he was quite unbiased in Freedom to Fascism and looked at all sides of the debate.

This coming from me, a longtime conservative since the years of Ronald Reagan.

Have a look for yourself before judging:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1656880303867390173

This film is life-changing for all Americans, from every walk of life, every political persuasion....it is about 1.5 hours long and you will need a high speed connection.


17 posted on 08/26/2007 9:18:54 AM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: traviskicks

Isn’t amazing the number of libertarians who think a) the government is not competent - nor charged - to do anything outside of the Constitution and b) The US Government, led by President Stupidhead, brought down the twin towers on 9/11?


18 posted on 08/26/2007 9:55:24 AM PDT by Salo
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To: Hostage
This film is life-changing for all Americans, from every walk of life, every political persuasion....it is about 1.5 hours long and you will need a high speed connection.

I watched it. My life has not changed. It was interesting, but flawed. It was above the standard of Michael Moore, but suffered from some of the same flaws, which are endemic to the medium of documentary film, in my opinion.

19 posted on 08/26/2007 10:21:46 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Hostage

If he thinks 9-11 was an inside job, he’s a nut. Might as well starting dating Rosie.


20 posted on 08/26/2007 12:37:02 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: toddlintown

He referred to WTC 7 which was not rammed with airliners.

There is still a controversy and I do not follow it.

Russo made some great films. His only political documentary was not a work of a ‘nut’.


21 posted on 08/26/2007 9:51:43 PM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: Jack Black

Let’s hear you expound on ‘flaws’.


22 posted on 08/26/2007 9:52:24 PM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: Hostage

Dead thread brought back for one more comment. Russo was dying of cancer and he showed signs of not caring what people thought of him in his last days, while making the documentary. When someone has nothing to lose, they either go off the deep end and creates works totally incoherent, or they do something worthwhile they would never have done while their livelihood was at stake. Obviously, the latter wins out.

If one chooses to reject a work or evidence in that work based on political affiliation, then that one is blinded to protect themselves personally. Ignorance is defined as “dumb by choice.” I choose to weigh evidence on fact, not feelings.

The point of his documentary stands regarding there being no law requiring employees to pay income tax. I have yet to see ANYONE defy this to be wrong. Now then, if we could just find a way to convince 50 million taxpayers to stop filing 1040s, too many tax evaders to jail, perhaps change would come. That, or Ron Paul winning in November. Anyone care to wager on either of those? Not me.

Truth does not automatically win, or Christ would not have needed to give himself on the cross of Calvary.


23 posted on 07/04/2008 8:31:46 AM PDT by Righter-than-Rush
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To: Righter-than-Rush

There is an acknowledged aristocracy in Washington DC that is every bit as controlling as the nobel lords of the Crown of England in centuries past. They will never allow any movement that risks displacement of their entrenched positions and power.

Do not attempt to overturn the tax code by legal or historical argument. Instead change the rules to make it transparent and in line with the original intent of the Constitution.

HR 25 does precisely this and it has significant backing in Congress, highly significant, enough so that it poses a real threat to the current tax code.

Here are the details:

http://www.fairtax.org


24 posted on 07/04/2008 11:31:42 AM PDT by Hostage
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