Horror Film as Neocon Fantasy … In 2013 it would be politically incorrect to portray white conquerors mowing down non-whites (although that's still sometimes okay to do with Muslims), so we turn to the undead as a stand-in for the unwashed hordes who threatened us in the days of yore. Zombies are convenient, of course, because they are not necessarily specific to any particular race or culture, and modern viewing audiences don't regard the human bodies being mowed down as truly human. And yet extremely similar political messages can be transmitted by employing a zombie apocalypse plot as with an old fashioned tale of white victory over savage natives. – LewRockwell.com
Dominant Social Theme: This is a really good action flick.
Free-Market Analysis: We were struck by this commentary about "World War Z" over at top libertarian website LewRockwell.com because it parallels some commentary that appeared in these pages a while back.
Here's what Anthony Wile wrote in an opinion piece on December 12, 2012:
A movie like "World War Z" incorporates many dominant social themes. Of course, I am aware the book has a big fan base and people are passionate about it. So I am sorry if fans are offended. But that doesn't diminish the dominant social themes that are apparent in the book … and will almost surely show up in the movie as well.
The first meme we happen upon is the virus itself, supposedly incurable and called Solanum. Here's a little known but powerful fact: There is no such thing as an incurable virus and most of the big pandemics we have learned about such as the Spanish Flu virus of the early 20th century are lies.
The Spanish Flu was apparently induced by clumsy vaccines given to soldiers returning home from World War l. Look it up. The Internet Reformation is a wonderful thing.
This idea that nature will produce a virus that will sweep the world and decimate billions is likely a lie. It is probably beyond the technology of science itself because within a few days such a deadly virus would mutate into less harmful versions. No invader entirely wants to destroy its host.
Brooks, himself an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, is the hero of the movie. In real life the UN is a Trojan horse for the top elites and as clumsy, brutal and clueless as the idea of global government itself. The movie will surely glorify the UN and Brooks's role; this is more globalist propaganda.
To open the plot, a young boy is bitten in China and becomes the pandemic's "patient zero." Wikipedia tells us that as the infection spreads, the State of Israel is the only country to act. It creates a quarantine and acts to keep out infected Palestinians. More propaganda.
What is the result of the Zombie apocalypse and the global war? Wikipedia tells us that, "a democratic Cuba has become the world's most thriving economy and the international banking capital. China has also become a democracy, following a civil war sparked by the collapse of the Three Gorges Dam and ending after a mutinying Chinese Navy submarine destroys the Communist leadership with submarine-launched ballistic missiles."
Russia is a theocracy; Iceland is depopulated, etc. The United Nations emerges empowered, running a large military force around the world to wipe out the remaining zombie threat.
The power elite is enamored of the transformative properties of war. Too bad nuclear weapons have made war difficult to wield. Between the information available on the Internet and nuclear weapons, the elites are sandwiched by exposure and ineffectiveness.
All that is left is brutality and monstrous tales intended to scare people.
That's what this movie will be, in my view, a fairytale intended to frighten people and give them a sense of hopelessness and impending doom. People may enjoy it on a conscious level but on another level it will have a different and more destructive effect.
Now, the movie wasn't available at that point, yet still Anthony could make a point about the film's intention and effect. That's the power inherent in analyzing these sorts of memes. Over at LewRockwell.com, we can see a similar analysis:
The movie opens with a series of images of disasters, famines, mob violence, disease epidemics and similar imagery. The overall effect of this is to convince the viewer that things are spinning out of control, and we are left wondering what can impose order.
Shortly thereafter, through the eyes of Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) we learn that Philadelphia (where Lane and his family reside) is being overrun by apparently zombified humans. With the help of the U.S. Navy and Gerry's friends at the U.N., he is able to escape to an American aircraft carrier where we learn that Gerry is a former U.N. investigator and that he must now take up his old responsibilities to learn the origins of the zombie disease in hopes of stopping it.
Gerry is flown to South Korea, a suspected place of origin of the disease, where he is protected by Navy SEALS and where he learns from a rogue CIA agent that he may learn more if he takes his search to Israel, where the Israeli state is effectively fighting off the zombie invasion thanks to its garrison state.
Gerry also learns that North Korea is perhaps the one society that has effectively contained the zombie disease by knocking out the teeth of all 23 million of its inhabitants in a matter of days. Apparently, zombies that cannot bite you cannot infect you.
… With the help of the U.N., the U.S., Navy, The W.H.O., and a tough-as-nails female Israeli soldier, Gerry is eventually able to devise a solution that will finally allow the survivors to fight the zombies on relatively equal terms. In the final scenes, thanks to government airlifts and interventions, ordinary people are able to avail themselves of this government-provided cure and perhaps overcome the invaders.
It is somewhat difficult to overstate how profoundly authoritarian and statist is World War Z, and the film employs many of the Cold War-era narrative elements that instructed viewers to trust and rely on government experts and military might while regarding the general population as nothing but a faceless, helpless mob.
Why does this current review and our "pre-review" come to almost the same conclusions? Well, it's possible if you understand the modern dominant social themes that circle the Earth like the "World War Z" virus. They are developed and spread in order to frighten middle classes into giving up power and wealth to various globalist solutions.
Yes, if you understand the language of globalism, it's fairly easy to identify it. And having identified it, one can take human action to protect oneself, or even to benefit from what one perceives.
The key, as always, is understanding. And the Internet – a process not an episode – has been immensely helpful in this regard.