Monday, September 12, 2005

Coming Soon...

Liberty Film Festival 2005.

Many people ask themselves why Hollywood consistently churns out entertainment films laced with anti-Christian and anti-Capitalist undertones and messages. Messages, which feed people in other parts of the world bad ideas about America. Based on the technically well packaged garbage that is usually produced by the film industry, people in other countries are likely to have very bad impressions about the United States.

The stars and characters in movies tend to be depressed losers or criminals which most plot-lines demand sympathy or support for. I understand that this is a good dramatic area to explore artistically, but it is definitely being overdone to the point where we are being flooded by negativity and trash. Also in these movies, big business, rather than big government, tends to be the threat to freedom and progress, unless the screenplay is too busy focusing on the celebration of villainy and moral insouciance to spend much time on the writer's or producer's economic ignorance and misconceptions.

As Gigi Grazer put it, speaking of individuals in certain regional and elitist closed enclaves and gated communities: "they keep pushing these movies."

We have made a mistake by not taking this conspicuous anomaly seriously enough. If you doubt what an impact it can have, just recall Governor Schwarzenneger's speech at the 2004 Republican Convention:

In school, when the teacher would talk about America, I would daydream about coming here. I would sit for hours watching American movies transfixed by my heroes like John Wayne. Everything about America seemed so big to me so open, so possible.

Contrast that to what people around the world and people growing might see today. Instead of "share the glory and responsibility of freedom" the message tends to be "share the misery of freedom." If life is just one big meaningless accident then what is left for a person to believe in? To be? Here I have to recall something that George MacDonald wrote.

So long as we have nothing to say to God, nothing to do with Him, save in the sunshine of the mind when we feel Him near us, we are poor creatures, willed upon, not willing. . . And how in such a condition do we generally act? Do we sit mourning the loss of feeling? Or worse, make frantic efforts to try to rouse them?

The spirituality of leftist thinkers (as opposed to just their followers and well intentioned accomplices) makes them think of things such as useless non-commercial television and government programs as "holy" things. This impulse is what lies behind their irrational opposition to capitalism aka free-market economics.

In The Law, Classical-Liberal Friederick Bastiat wrote,

"Each of us has a natural right--from God--to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two. [...] Under such an administration, everyone would understand that he possessed all the privileges as well as all the responsibilities of his existence."

It's easy to see the prosperity and material progress that accompanies capitalism and overlook an even more fundamental force at work: the work of a community of free and rational individuals. The irony is that socialism, not capitalism, is based on materialism. It is what defines "social justice" in monetary and material terms and measurements. The impulse to socialistically make people fit this "social justice" template combined with moral relativism produces people who have no problem with playing fast and loose with the truth. This explains the behavior of certain professors and the products of their brand of "progressivism" and "liberalism."

Robert Tracinski, in An Unnatural Disaster, fundamentally supports Bastiat's statement:

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when the deluge hit—but they were trapped alongside large numbers of people from two groups: criminals—and wards of the welfare state, people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep—on whom the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of wolves.

In a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to political supporters—not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in case of emergency.

That which conflicts with reality is more likely to cause misery than that which is in harmony with it. Therefore, misery in a capitalist society has to be caused by psychological complexes, not by the economics per se. So what we're seeing in the media is basically the left vomiting its pathologies all over the screen into people's homes and heads. This, too, is a disaster at a palpable enough level.

Basically that's what I wanted to say after reading Liberty Film Festival's blog where I found out about a movie that centers around an Army Ranger turned criminal -!- (see "Post-9-11 Cinema at the Toronto Film Fest") and other disturbing things, including a review of The Constant Propagandizer (see NRO on The Constant Gardener).

A response to this stuff is definitely called for. Not censorship, but competition. The market for an alternative to the limo-lib slush is out there and it is big.

Next month, on the 21st, the second Liberty Film Festival will launch down here in Los Angeles. I missed the first one, but I plan on attending this time.


Blogger Rabenstrange said...

American cinema consistently demonizes businesses and corporate America but it was the private sector that really shined with effective help and amazing preplanning and recovery.

A good example is Home Depot, which has been harped upon by the MSM as an example of corporate greed and impersonal service but in the days before the Hurricane hit HD diverted vital buidling supplies and preplaced them in the New Orleans area so that they would be available for a recovery. This reveals an iniative that we will never see from the corrupt bureaucracy of government.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Sirc_Valence said...

Well said.

4:57 AM  

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