The protectionist and statist messages of Disney’s Frozen

My kids are now into Frozen. They watch it several times a week now. The only thing unique about it is that true love, in this case, was between two active sisters instead of a helpless girl and Prince Charming. My younger daughter loves the first song. Though I still haven’t sat through the whole thing yet so I’m still confused as to how the beginning fits in with the end. Because I haven’t seen the beginning yet.

But I did see the end. And the end annoyed me.

There’s these two places somewhere in Vikingville called Arendelle and Weselton. At the end of the movie Arendelle imposes an embargo on Weselton, no trade or business of any kind. One of the good guys, Kristoff, gets a special government monopoly on the ice trade, to the exclusion of all competition. And Queen Elsa is accepted as the absolute ruler.

So in the end, the simple people of Arendelle will have less goods with higher prices, and will have to pay more for ice due to the Elsa-imposed monopoly on ice distribution.

And our children are taught to impose trade embargoes on government enemies and bestow government monopolies on friends of the State.

This doesn’t mean I am banning Frozen from my house. I don’t do that kind of thing. But when they’re older, I hope to teach them its statist messages from a liberty perspective, and we should all be aware of how much Love the State is ingrained in all our culture, from cradle to grave, without being threatened by it.