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Web Animation / Common Sense Soapbox

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Common Sense Soapbox is a web series consisting of 3 minute lectures on economics. It is created by Seamus Coughlin, the creator of FreedomToons. All of the videos are posted to the Foundation for Economic Education Youtube channel.


  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Seamus is depicted in this series as having large, thick eyebrows.
  • Catchphrase: Sometimes when somebody says an idea ​that only sounds good on paper, Seamus would say "Actually..." and then explain how flawed the idea is.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first few videos were more political and focused on political correctness, and fake news. There was also a white background for the first 10 videos before it changed to the well known grey. In another early video, “Does Life Owe You Lemonade?” Ron is named Billy and is used to express Seamus’s actual opinions while Bob’s voice is not quite what it currently is.
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  • Express Delivery: Sarah's baby in "is having babies irresponsible" is born minutes after she announces her pregnancy.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: This story element is used in a video that talks about private charity and how contributing to society can be done without government help. Seamus is dressed up as an angel (and a devil) in this video.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Justified in "Don't be P.C. Be Polite"
  • Running Gag: Bob's butt implants are brought up as a joke very often.

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