New Elysium Trailer

June 17, 2013 § 1 Comment

I’m ambivalent about this one.  Some upperclass liberals have made a sci-fi movie about the class divide, which rich sci-fi writers have been doing since H.G. Wells.  I’ve never understood how wealthy artists could espouse socialist views; no matter what qualifiers you put on it, socialism places the individual as secondary to the group.  Art is, among other things, an expression of the individual.  In some form or another, a socialist society will eventually limit or censor art.

The USSR and its censorship of artists is the clearest example.  Famously, Sergei Eisenstein, who was such a proponent of socialism, was censored because his art didn’t fit with official social realist doctrine.  This isn’t even to get into the extreme cases of artists like poet Anna Akhmatova, whose son was imprisoned because of her opposing political views.

Before you make excuses about how the USSR was “different” and give your knee-jerk reaction about how the rich should share their spoils, and how the 1% greedy bastards are out to destroy the world for their own personal gain, bear in mind that to be one of the top 1% of earners in the world, you only need to make about $47,500 a year.  That’s most of the United States.

You thought you were Matt Damon in this movie, but instead, you’re Jodie Foster.


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