Sunday, March 30, 2014

Captain America Declares War on Plato

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Pre-Dystopia. Military-Industry-Complex. Freedom. These are the major subjects this Rotten Tomatoes-imprimatur-ed film tackles. Such a rare occurrence this truly is, a Marvel-film earning such a high stature among commercial films, in one of the world's-if not the premier-major film-criticism-exchange. "Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards" was how the website described the film. It was graded "certified fresh" and got 94% in the Tomatometer

Plato's Idealism, with strong emphasis placed on the sacrifice of individuals for the "greater good" and the limitation of freedom to attain the former, is poignant. Nietzsche would have been delighted to see such a forewarning film. The film does its ideas justice, the triumph of freedom over tyranny. To oppose, even if by violent means if necessary to protect "our" freedom. The mostly misunderstood and misinterpreted Ayn Rand once wrote "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." 

The film gave me much comfort in being reminded of a fact that I know but which I don't feel, that out there, there are actually plenty of  individuals who are concerned-just like moi-with the threats of collectivism, and the continuing slowly-but-surely abrogation of our freedoms. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, possess an unbelievable foresight, and the Russo brothers are to whom the credit of building such a cinematically beautiful film belongs. 

The cautionary tale of this story reminds me of the film I also watched recently, Divergent. Even if it wasted the fantastic plot it could have story-told on an exceptionally misguided execution, Theo James (his hotness) and the author of the book upon which the film is based on were the only positive elements in that film. But nevertheless, a line stood out from Kate Winslet's character, "human nature is evil." 

Herein lies her sinister worldview and falsity already. What she actually meant was people are naturally inclined to do evil things. It's incorrect, because there is not such things as a static definition of human nature. Free-will is constant. There is no such thing as "human nature" as Rand wrote “Man is born tabula rasa.” Kate-in-character's principle guarantees demagogic totalitarian subordination, while Rand's (following the tradition of Aristotle, and his followers throughout history) guarantees freedom. 

Sigmund Freud once opined in Civilization and Its Discontents “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” I think we better start being more responsible or else, our ability to be whomever, to do and to think whatever will be jeopardized. All things done for the "greater good" in history was a function of decline, destruction, or utter darkness. It's time we emancipate ourselves from this statist, collectivist, volk-ist trends we seem to be moving towards. 

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