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My film Fat Head will air again on TV in New Zealand on December 30th.  Set your DVRs and get gobsmacked all over again. 

Here’s the listing.

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Hope and Change

Hope and Change

Thanks to the wonders of TiVo, my wife and I started catching up on the new aliens-among-us TV show V … which is actually a remake of a series from the 1980s. 

The aliens arrive, promising to fix our problems in exchange for allowing them to stay.  They immediately offer free health care to the earthlings, many of whom are too star-struck to even wonder if the aliens mean them well.  As one smitten teenager tells his doubtful mother, “They’re spreading hope!” — at which point I spontaneously blurted out, “And change!”

When the leader of the aliens warned a journalist before an interview, “Just don’t ask anything that would portray us in a negative light”  — or we’ll toss you off the press plane, along with the guy from FOX news? – I hit the pause button and said to my wife, “I’m starting to wonder if this thing was written by some sneaky Hollywood conservatives.” 

Turns out I’m not the only one who wondered as much.  See Glenn Garvin’s review, or this article by Jeff Jensen.

Or it could just be that the original inspiration for V was Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here, about a fascist takeover of America.

If you’ve been properly brainwashed to believe fascism is a right-wing ideology, do yourself a favor and review some actual history.  Hitler and Mussolini both had legions of fans in the United States before World War Two — all of them members of the “progressive” movement.  Mussolini and FDR even exchanged letters of mutual admiration for each other’s economic programs, which of course involved government takeovers of the economy.  That’s largely what fascism is about.

To give you an idea of how thorough the brainwashing has been, note this bit about fascist economics from Wikipedia:

In the economic sphere, many fascist leaders have claimed to support a “Third Way” in economic policy, which they believed superior to both the rampant individualism of unrestrained capitalism and the severe control of state communism. This was to be achieved by establishing significant government control over business and labour (Mussolini called his nation’s system “the corporate state”).

That much is true.  But the same article describes fascism as “usually considered to be on the far right of the traditional left-right political spectrum.” 

Significant government control over business and labor … yeah, that sure sounds like something the left would oppose, doesn’t it?  I mean, it’s not like they’d ever try to dictate CEO salaries, tax one group of citizens to provide cheaper cars for other citizens, tell automakers what kind of cars to produce, order banks to lend money to people with marginal credit ratings, impose hiring quotas, define which benefits businesses must provide, set price controls, forbid insurance companies to sell health insurance across state lines, order insurance companies to cover people who are already sick, or force citizens to buy insurance. 

I’m just sayin’ …

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