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View Diary: Contrary to What Fox News Would Suggest, The LEGO Movie is Pro-Corporate Propaganda Film (29 comments)

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  •  Huxley is better than Orwell (0+ / 0-)

    When you start from the assumption that freedom worthy of the word does not actually exist, then it becomes easy to choose the cruise ship (with its large menu of pre-packaged entertainments) or the battleship (basic security and powerful sense of identity and mission, even if they're imposed from outside) over the slave galley.  Only a handful of people will choose their own little boat: for all the freedom it offers, it's totally at the mercy of the wind and the currents and is easily overwhelmed by a storm.

    Humans are social animals, and will almost always choose the action that gives us the most ability to forge bonds with other humans: we want to belong and really do like to see ourselves (or our idea of ourselves) mirrored in others.  The Hobbesian argument - that the benefits of one's participation in and support of and by a system outweigh the loss of [theoretical, potential] freedom and can even dictate forcing others to go along (lest they threaten the system) - is probably deeply rooted in our instincts.

    By this logic, the problem with the LEGO Movie is that it's forced to pander to an American audience and pay lip service to the "snowflake" ideal that just doesn't reflect the real world, when a properly 'corporatist' - in the old, Catholic sense of the word: "We are of one (tribal, institutional, etc.) body so let us also be of one mind and one heart for the good of us all!" - moral would much better fit the rest of the movie.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 01:06:31 PM PST

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