Most people in the U.S. today know Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life mainly as a Christmas movie. If you haven’t seen Capra’s film recently or only know it by its association with the Christmas season, you may be surprised by how much the film is explicitly about economics. Equally surprising is the unhappiness of the economics, which is not entirely erased by the famous happy ending. In what follows, I will suggest that It’s a Wonderful Life can help us to understand the unhappiness of Donald Trump’s America. Since Trump’s election two years ago, one might...Read More
Author: David R. Shumway
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