Monday, September 30, 2013

Schooling Superman on Totalitarianism: Superman and The Flash have a discussion about gun control while playing chess

  1. Introduction to Inverted Totalitarianism

  2. Hypocrisy of U.S. Foreign vs. Domestic Policy

  3. The Flash Schools Superman on Gun Control

I. Introduction to Inverted Totalitarianism

As Chris Hedges has pointed out on numerous occasions, referring to Sheldon Wolin’s work in ‘Democracy Incorporated’ (article, book), the system that best describes the ideology that the government of the United States functions as is inverted totalitarianism. In his book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, which Hedges co-authored with Joe Sacco, he describes this system as:
“The political philosopher Sheldon Wolin uses the term inverted totalitarianism in his book Democracy Incorporated to describe our political system. In inverted totalitarianism, the sophisticated technologies of corporate control, intimidation, and mass manipulation, which far surpass those employed by previous totalitarian states, are effectively masked by the glitter, noise, and abundance of a consumer society. Political participation and civil liberties are gradually surrendered. Corporations, hiding behind this smokescreen, devour us from the inside out….

“Corporations, who hire attractive and eloquent spokespeople like Barack Obama, control the uses of science, technology, education, and mass communication…. We busy ourselves buying products that promise to change our lives, make us more beautiful, confident, or successful, as we are steadily stripped of rights, money, and influence…. Civil liberties, once guaranteed under our Constitution, have been stripped away….

“They build ever more elaborate walls and security systems to protect themselves, including the vast internal security apparatus of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with some one million employees. The elites are lashing out with such disproportionate force, fury, and viciousness againt peaceful protestors, many of whom come out of the middle class, as well as Muslims in the Middle East, that they are turning ever greater numbers of an alienated mass, at home and abroad, against them….

“George Orwell wrote that all tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but that once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. We have now entered that era of naked force. The internal security and surveillance state, justified in the name of the war on terror, will be the instrument used against us….

“Fear is the psychological weapon of choice for totalitarian system of power. Make people afraid. Get them to surrender their rights in the name of national security. Demonize all who dissent. And then finish off the few who aren’t afraid enough.

“The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law on December 31, 2011, authorizes the military, for the first time in more than two hundred years, to carry out domestic policing. The military can detain, without trial, any U.S. citizen deemed to be a terrorist or an accessory to terrorism. And suspects can be shipped by the military to our offshore penal colony in Guantanamo Bay until ‘the end of hostilities.’ It is a catastrophic blow to civil liberties.”

“Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, p. 238-240, 263

Chris Hedges on the 'inverted totalitarian' corporate state

II. Hypocrisy of U.S. Foreign vs. Domestic Policy

The hypocrisy of U.S. foreign versus domestic policy is mind boggling (2). When the same individuals and institution that are profiting and promoting the militarization of nations turn around and tell us that we should not have guns, there is foul play afoot.

I’ll leave the conjectures up to you as to why our leaders are so eager to arm oppressive regimes and the citizens of other nations while disarming their own, but I can assure you, contrary to what they would like us to believe, it’s not because they care for the children.

Madeleine Albright - The deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it for Iraq's non existent WMD's

III. The Flash Schools Superman on Gun Control

One of the most important discussions taking place in the United States is the viability of the Second Amendment - the right to keep and bear arms - so I thought I’d add the following voice to the mix.

Below you will find a short excerpt from the ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ comic book series:
“The comic series begins with the premise of Superman's actions after the Joker's murders of Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, followed by the nuclear annihilation of Metropolis. The series follows the descent of Superman and the Justice League from the world's heroes to its oppressors with Batman leading a group of insurgents bent on resisting Superman's increasingly totalitarian acts.”
The pages presented are from issues #26 of the digital series. In this short glimpse into this brilliant story arc, we find Superman and The Flash playing high-speed chess while discussing Superman’s proposal to forcibly remove all guns from society (click images to enlarge):

And if you would like to know where this all leads, the following are all the cut scenes from the ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ video game which is the continuation of the story five years from the time the comic series ends.

Injustice: Gods Among Us : FULL MOVIE (2013) All Cut scenes

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