Tuesday, October 07, 2003

From lewrockwell.com
Where Mr Bush’s inherited fortune came from
And perhaps some of his handlers' ideas on running the country and its foreign policy. Sieg heil.

Neophyte George
by Karen Kwiatkowski
Loads of links in this one.

The conservative message of horror fiction
by Bob Wallace
Makes sense - I think I agree. Once knew an older university lecturer in English literature who specialized in the stuff, which I thought odd at the time but not now. The right kind of Roman Catholic, he became a priest after he retired from teaching! Also learnt recently that Anglo-Catholic stalwart Viscount Halifax was a huge fan of ghost stories and I think wrote or compiled a book of them. More recently, in my sporadic looks at 'The X-Files' I saw something I think very unusual for popular science fiction - it believed in the supernatural and didn't rule out God as a cause. (And it encouraged people not to trust the US government - thanks, Chris Carter!) The very lovely Gillian Anderson's FBI agent character was a Catholic and by the series' end wore a gold cross all the time.

Popular (pulp) science fiction, on the other hand, seems overwhelmingly liberal in the modern political sense, an exception being the wonderful first 'Star Wars' movie with its classical-liberal story about liberty. A possible worst offender is 'Star Trek', once described quite lucidly by an 11-year-old guest writer in Liberty magazine as 'a pinko TV show'. The good guys are obviously really the US government, the UN or perhaps even farther to the left of them - a messianic liberal fantasy of government as Capt. Kirk makes the galaxy safe for, well, his government's control of it. (How many viewers realized their heroes were really totalitarian?) Typical story line: Zap! We've destroyed your god, formerly happy planet - now we can teach you the American way. There was that strong whiff of antireligious content - producer Gene Roddenberry hated Christianity and signed the Humanist Manifesto with real science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Part of the reason for the show's laughable lapses in logic is R. didn't really understand or care about science fiction - he just used the Buck Rogers genre (perfect for slipping his anti-religious theme under the radar of 1960s American TV network censors) to preach his worldview to the masses and make some money as well.

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