Monday, April 20, 2009

David Brin on movies and politics

If you are a non-religious conservative then David Brin, author of the Uplift Wars, has a plan for you. All of your wiser, more thoughtful, and of, course, more liberal friends are going to explain how stupid you are, but they are going to do it in a very nice and polite way, and wear you down until you agree to vote Democrat. Of course if you are a "raving fundy" given to "religious fanaticism" (by which I assume he means that you believe in a personal God who reveals himself to us through the Bible) then screw you. He just wants to pry the salvageable ones away from you total losers.

I may fisk the essay later, but right now I wanted to mention it in contrast with this essay by Brin --a very thoughtful, insightful piece on the message behind the Star Wars universe (link from the Volokh Conspiracy).

I remember watching some of the various Star Wars movies and thinking that we were being given a royalist message --a message that kings are good and democracies are stupid. However, Brin gives a much more subtle and complete analysis, and I highly encourage you to read it.

What amazes me is that Brin is obviously such a talented thinker on some topics, but on politics, he displays all of the subtlety and awareness of Markos Moulitsas.

OK, I wasn't going to fisk the political tirade here, but I can't help mentioning the irony of a man referring to the Bush administration as a "criminal conspiracy" when the Democrats have one person in congress who committed manslaughter while drunk driving, one who was caught on tape soliciting a future bribe, another who was convicted of accepting a bribe as a judge, a former president who came in an upper-middle-class governor from a poor state and left office a multi-millionaire, and a new president who seems to be having a hard time finding non-tax cheats for his administration.

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