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Why Conservatives Should Applaud the Movies of 2012

Wendy60 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 5:14 PM
Two comments on The Dark Knight Rises commentary here. 1. Rush Limbaugh never theorized that Bane was named after Bain Capital. He said that the left would play up the name coincidence. Proper research and attention to detail would have prevented this error. 2. "But she eventually realizes that the anarchy and destruction that ensues harms society as a whole." No, she did not care about "society as a whole." She specifically did not care about them: "You [Bruce Wayne] don't owe these people [Gotham City] anything." She began to oppose the Bain chaos because of what it did to Bruce Wayne the individual; she was falling in love with him. She invited him to abandon the city and come away with her. She only returned to save him.
Wendy60 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 5:22 PM
This last point is important because "society as a whole" is a collectivist concept and must be stricken from conservative vocabulary. Conservatism is about individualism, the political philosophy of the Founders. There is no "as a whole." There are only numerous individuals. Anything justified on the basis of "the whole" necessarily violates the rights of some individuals for the sake of other individuals. If it didn't, you wouldn't have to invoke the concept of the whole. You would just say you are protecting people (i.e., individuals) from human predators & parasites seeking to violate them. Nothing for the sake of the collective is justifiable.

It isn’t unusual for an unsuspecting viewer to walk into a movie theater expecting two hours of mindless entertainment only to be surprised by a liberal political message that overshadows the proceedings. For instance, “Avatar” (2009) -- the highest-grossing movie of all time -- arrived in theaters with an environmental message that presented a false choice between environmental protection and the success of big business. 2012 also offered up its share of liberal-leaning films including “The Campaign,” “Big Miracle,” “The Obama Effect,” “Step-Up Revolution” and “Peace Love & Misunderstanding.” Fortunately, though, those smaller films were out-classed and out-numbered by many other...