WARNING: there will be spoilers!
Just finished watching episode 7 of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, which is a show very similar to Black Mirror, and dare I say just as good. I
wouldn't say this is the best episode of the 10 but I feel it contains some interesting philosophical criticisms aimed towards globalism and the group
mentality. The episode follows a depressed middle aged man named Philbert who is one of the few remaining workers in a factory which has been largely
automated by robots. The episode portrays a future world where North America is a single "mega-nation" and although people are told their vote still
matters there is only one presidential candidate they can choose from.
The presidential candidate at this time is a well presented female lady with the slogan "yes us can". She uses typical socialist rhetoric crafted to
appeal to our emotions and sense of belonging by constantly reiterating how important it is to work together as a group without any division. When
asked about the rigged election process she claims it is still important to vote because it shows "solidarity". During a speech one night Philbert
notices her say "kill all others" and at first everyone acts like nothing happens, then they try to play it off as by saying she misspoke. No one
seems to know what "others" means at first but over time it comes to mean anyone who opposes her candidacy.
At this point "the candidate" fully embraces the phrase and begins putting up billboards saying "kill all others". The vast majority of people support
the candidate and they begin beating up people on the street and even murdering them if they are found to be an "other". Philbert has become jaded and
sees how unfair the election process is, and he quickly becomes disturbed by the billboards and upon seeing a mob of people attack a women he
confronts them and attempts to protect the women, for which he gets into trouble. After multiple incidents he becomes fed up and attempts to phone
into a live debate with the candidate in order to convey that the violence needs to stop.
I wont say exactly how it ends but it's not good news for old Philbert. In response to his death the candidate says something I found particularly
disturbing: "We want to believe the best in ourselves, but before we can access our best we must first acknowledge and root out the worst in
ourselves". I find this disturbing because it's a mentality I'm seeing slowly arise in different forms, a desire to rid society of the "deplorables"
and create a world where there are no disagreements or differences of opinion. Overall I feel the episode is a political commentary warning against a
future where we give up our sovereignty and aim for a socialist utopia, aka techno-communism.
Communist ideologies, although seemingly righteous and appealing to our sense of community, inherently promote mob behavior and collectivism. Almost
anything becomes permissible in the name of the "greater good", people can have careers forced upon regardless of their life dreams, an entire future
decided for them at birth because that's the most "logical" and efficient way to do it. And when the herd mentality really gets out of control killing
isn't a big step to take, anyone should be shocked when they research Mass
killings under Communist regimes
, Hitler is a small fry compared to these people.
The aptly named "Great Leap Forward
" is a particularly disturbing example I only recently
learned about. It is estimated around 50 million people died due to this social campaign by the Communist Party of China. Wikipedia states "The
campaign was led by Chairman Mao Zedong and aimed to rapidly transform the country from an agrarian economy into a socialist society through rapid
industrialization and collectivization". Mao Zedong also "argued that the best way to finance industrialization was for the government to take control
of agriculture, thereby establishing a monopoly over grain distribution and supply".
Of course these ill considered policies led to a great deal of poverty, and although millions were killed due to violence, most of the deaths were
caused by famine. Wikipedia goes on to say "The ban on private holdings ruined peasant life at its most basic level, according to Mirsky. Villagers
were unable to secure enough food to go on living because they were deprived by the commune system of their traditional means of being able to rent,
sell, or use their land as collateral for loans". If it's not the insane mobs of people that kill you then it will be a lack of resources required to
keep yourself alive because the government took everything from you.
We need to seriously consider the cost of creating a one world government where everything is highly centralized and our choices are highly limited.
All communist systems call for a highly centralized means of production so that they can control levels of equality, imagine if you're choice of cell
phones was limited to some government manufactured models. The mere idea of that causes my soul to shrivel up and die a little bit. It may seem like
the most logical and progressive way forward but it's toxic, people are never going to agree on everything and nor should they. Building a cult-like
group mentality is not at all healthy and wont lead to a good future.
edit on 28/1/2018 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)