Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Tuesday, August 15, 2006


    V for Vendetta

    I finally saw this movie, though I probably should have seen it in the theatres. As one might imagine for a libertarian-themed movie, I liked it. It was a bit comic-bookish, but I suppose that goes with the territory, since it was inspired by a comic book.

    The film's major flaw, in my opinion, is the use of a "burning the Reichstag" plot device, though I must grant it was well done. I just think it's a bit played out, and it is primarily for this reason that I place Serenity above it in the list of the past year's libertarian films. (Other reasons include a much more sympathetic lead in Malcolm Reynolds and "frickin' outer space!", of course). Serenity's government created horror entirely by accident, with a nice "road to Hell/good intentions" layer that was far more satisfying.

    Beyond that, V for Vendetta was a good film, if occasionally disturbing (Evey's journey to placing something higher than her own life, for example). Since it's been a theme in my conversations of late, I especially enjoyed the illustration of how those holding power in government continually and remorselessly escalate violence and aggression, never stopping to consider that they might be in the wrong. It is only in the consciences of lowly subordinates (Inspector Finch, the soldiers in the final scene), who have not yet given up their humanity entirely in exchange for power, that any mercy or empathy is found.

    Posted by Tom, 8/15/2006 7:28:52 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...