Idiots everywhere

I’m looking forward to seeing the movie “Dunkirk.”  Fewer and fewer Americans are aware of just how close Hitler came to dealing a fatal blow to the Allied cause well before America formally entered the war.

But when some people wonder why the corporate media have no credibility, they need look no further than USA Today’s review of the movie:

The movie captures the real-life heroism of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, when nearly 400,000 Allied soldiers were pulled out after the Germans trapped them on a beach in Nazi-occupied France. Nolan’s ambitious story revolves around three tales unfolding at different times over land, sea and air, only coming together at the end…

Dunkirk is also one of the best-scored films in recent memory, and Hans Zimmer’s music plays as important a role as any character. With shades of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, the melodies are glorious, yet Zimmer also creates an instrumental ticking-clock soundtrack that’s a propulsive force in the action scenes.

So far, so good.  But then:

The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way.

(Cue scratching needle record here.)

The ONLY people who could be rubbed the wrong way by the casting of this film are those who are so historically and factually ignorant they should not be allowed within 100 miles of a voting booth or anywhere else that requires an informed decision.  For the record:

  • Nazi Germany was a nation of whites led by rabid Aryan supremacists
  • The United Kingdom in 1940 had not yet been overrun by the backwash from its imperial expansion, and so was just as white.  Admittedly, there were a handful of Indian troops among the British Expeditionary Force, but they hardly played a “lead” role.
  • The evacuation of Dunkirk occurred in France.  And while that country has long been in the vanguard of multiculturalism, only the Foreign Legion in 1940 would have had many “people of color” — and they weren’t at Dunkirk.

I suspect the reviewer was aware of most, if not all of the above. The fact he felt it necessary to insert that tripe into what was otherwise a very informative review just shows where we are as a society today.

Who knows… maybe in 25 years the role of Winston Churchill will be played by a transgendered black actress. Because diversity.


Fighting hammer and tongs sickle

The lurch leftward continues for America.  Who’d have thought that, barely a quarter century after the spectacular indictment of communism represented by the fall of the Berlin Wall and implosion of the Soviet Union, that the two candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States would both be lifelong disciples of Alinsky and Marx?  Someone forgot to teach history (as opposed to propaganda) to the kids.  As a result, an ideology that should by now be thoroughly discredited is enjoying a renaissance among the young.

Sadly, the GOP has its own addiction to big government, militarism and foreign adventurism, so there’s no real alternative there, either.  Marxists to the left of me, corporatists to the right… stuck in the middle with you.


Quote of the day

“To most people espousing communism, the authoritarianism isn’t a bug, it’s a feature. All the talk about “sharing” and “compassion” is just to fool the rubes. People espousing communism should be treated as if they are on the same moral plane as people espousing Nazism, because they are.”  — Glenn Reynolds


One of the greatest propaganda successes of the 20th Century was to convince people that communism and fascism were opposite ends of the political spectrum, when in fact they both represent collectivist systems in which a small minority direct in excruciating detail the everyday affairs of the average person.  Kind of like Uncle Sam aspires to today.  The real polar opposite of such regimes is individualism and personal sovereignty.  In the extreme this is anarchy, which is hardly desirable either.  But the desire for a just and orderly society does not automatically translate into justification for a heavily regimented and autocratic one.  And nothing shows one’s ignorance of history so much as calling a champion of small government and personal freedom a “fascist.”

Historically illiterate

In a sane world, this would result in one losing one’s teaching job:


Let’s break this down, shall we?

– “NAZI” is an acronym for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  Hmm.

– Their “25-point program” wasn’t exactly friendly to capitalist processes.  Hmm.

– “The Road to Serfdom” was written in defense of the free market and freedom, and against the idea of centrally planned economies such as both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

That latter point is the most important.  Somehow, in the years since World War II, people have been brainwashed to see Nazism and Communism as opposite ends of the “left-right” spectrum.  They are not.  They both fall on the command economy side of the spectrum.  Hitler and Stalin battled over which band of thugs would rule and under what banner, *not* over some radically different idea of how human society should be ordered.  Both the Nazi and Soviet regimes were centralized, genocidal evils.

So when leftists today accuse their political opponents of being  “Nazis,” understand they are simply historically illiterate.  Not to mention idiots.  The true “right” side of the political spectrum doesn’t reside under a swastika.  Rather, those who live there are suspicious of any national emblems and “calls to the colors,” because what they really want is the radical agenda of leaving others the hell alone.  They are the minarchists, which is as far from overbearing centralized authority as you can get.

Now, can we please dispense with ‘teachers’ who are still parroting Uncle Joe Stalin’s equation of Nazism with capitalism, half a century after everyone should know better?   (End rant)

Do YOU know what’s being taught in YOUR kids’ schools?