This is the first thread I've ever started, so I hope I chose the right board.
I just got back from watching The Dark Knight
. Having heard that it was a deep movie, using the comic motif to address political and moral
issues, similar to V for Vendetta
, I was excited. But that excitement's turned to shock and disgust; it's a 180 degree turn in ideology from
V. This movie doesn't expose fascism, it defends it. The Dark Knight
is blatant NWO proganda!
I should say "SPOILER ALERT", but this has little to do with plot. Still, if you're worried about having the movie ruined by a few details, see
the movie first and come back later...
Okay -- at one point in the film, Batman turns on every cell phone in Gotham, and uses them to spy on 30 million people. Despite some hesitance, Fox
agrees -- they need to find out where the Joker is, and that supersedes all moral (or Constitutional) considerations.
The parallel is, of course, Bush's eavesdropping program, which violated our 4th Amendment rights and separation of powers, in removing all judicial
and congressional oversight from this executive action.
It would be great if the movie really discussed the moral implications of this decision, but instead The Dark Knight
unanimously concludes that
Batman is fully justified in spying -- so long as it's only done this once, and by someone trusted.
This is the overarching message of the film, and we're hit with it over the head time and time again: Sometimes we need a vigilante, sometimes the
justice system and self-governance aren't enough, and a "real hero" emerges to save us from our own moral limitations. Someone with the strength
of will to do what needs to be done. It comes up time and again, whether during the interrogation scenes (which are obvious references to Gitmo), or
the D.A. dragging a suspect into a back alley (what's habeas corpus?). It's even the tagline at the end of the film: Sometimes the hero we
"deserve" isn't the hero we "need."
Even more relevant to ATS members is another conclusion at the end of the film -- that the truth about what happened must be kept secret from the
public, that it's better to spin a useful fabrication than cop to reality. Better to keep those ignorant fools in the dark than deal with their
The Dark Knight
could be a commercial for the New World Order -- trust your leaders, even when they break the law, even when they spy on you,
even when they lie. Ignorance is bliss; sleep well little children.
And if you don't think it works, just check some of the other ATS threads. I looked first to see if anyone else was complaining about this, and
instead found this thread
full of people who swallowed the pill. Check out Shazam's
comment, which serves as a nice summary:
I always knew it. Bush is Batman. He's hated because he's strong enough to be hated, while still doing whats necessary to defeat the jokers of
Right. There's also this thread
, that calls the movie a "conspiracy theorist's
wet dream." I'd call it instead a nightmare.
My only question now is, who made this film? Was it just a set producers who subscribe to the fraudulent "NeoCon" worldview, or is this movie
another gambit in the Cultural Cold War