The readers of Empire magazine have chosen the ten best movies of all time. Here they are:
Now I will grant that all the movies on the list are good movies. But the top ten of all time?? Clearly this list was compiled by people who only watch American movies, indeed big-budget American blockbuster movies, and (with one exception) only post-1970 movies. (And even subject to those constraints the choices are not exactly unproblematic.) In other words, they sat down in a five-star restaurant, ate the free rolls, and then left to write their review of the restaurant.
I also remember that back in 2000, Amazon.com hosted a poll on the top ten books of the past millennium, and one popular contender was the first Harry Potter novel.
Rothbard famously wrote:
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a “dismal science.” But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
The moral generalizes.