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Zombies, the Apocalypse, and the Decline of the Republic
Flopping Aces ^ | 02-22-14 | Dave The Sage

Posted on 02/22/2014 8:05:49 AM PST by Starman417

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Apocalypticism has exploded in popularity and, while nuclear war and pandemics have always been a starting point, the concept of the Zombie Apocalypse trumps them all. The appeal and wild popularity of shows like The Walking Dead, movies like World War Z, and the slew of apocalyptic, gloom and doom series and specials on cable television continues to grow by leaps and bounds. But the reasons behind such interest are often subconscious at times and not fully understood.

The Leftist activist and agitator Noam Chomsky was recently asked “why there’s this preoccupation with the apocalypse and with zombies right now in our culture?” I concurred with the first part of his response which was that that he felt the focus on zombies was “a reflection of fear and desperation” by “an unusually frightened country.” But quickly the obsessive liberal impulse to blame America first and foremost for all ills, real and imagined including the public’s obsession with a zombie apocalypse, rose irresistibly to the surface. He went through the history of fear in popular culture as outlined in the book War Stars by Bruce Franklin. Although the fear is embodied in various forms, he sees a common thread throughout:

“There are a couple of themes that run through it that are pretty striking. For one thing, one major theme in popular literature is that we are about to face destruction from some terrible, awesome enemy. And at the last-minute we are saved by a superhero or a super weapon, or in recent years high school kids going to the hills to chase away the Russians, things like that. That’s one theme that runs through constantly. And there’s a sub-theme. It turns out this enemy, this horrible enemy that’s about to destroy us, is somebody we’re crushing.”

“ I think it’s, much of it is kind of just a recognition, at some level of the psyche, that if you’ve got your boot on somebody’s neck, there’s something wrong. And that the people you’re oppressing may rise up and defend themselves, and then you’re in trouble. And another is strange properties the country has always had of fear of invented dangers. There is a kind of paranoid streak in the culture that’s pretty unusual.”

And that’s about the best the Left can do I guess in trying to fathom the country’s fascination with a Zombie Apocalypse. It’s all just collective, subconscious guilt. Nice try, I suppose, but if that was a “hit or miss” explanation it’s far closer to a miss than a hit.

There is indeed a vast undercurrent of suspicion, unease, paranoia, division, worry, pain, and even trauma right underneath the surface of the national consciousness. I believe it is manifested in the popularity of zombie themed entertainment and the concept of the doomsday scenario in general in popular culture. The feeling that things are rapidly unraveling and coming apart is a constant theme in social media and shared by vast swaths of the population, not to mention visualized in everything from backyard bunkers to Zombie apocalypse decals, Facebook groups, and bar crawls.

Collectively, we have lost our belief in a positive future.

(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: apocalypse; chomsky; patriotism; shtf; zombies

1 posted on 02/22/2014 8:05:49 AM PST by Starman417
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To: Starman417

“Collectively, we have lost our belief in a positive future.”

And that comes with the loss of our faith in the Almighty. The more that Godly religions are attacked by muslims, the more hopeless our populace becomes.

Muslims belong in the Middle East, where they can murder and damn each other to hell.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 8:15:37 AM PST by abclily
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To: Starman417

Zombies are the only politically correct villains left. When Tom Clancy wrote The Sum of All Fears the villains were Islamic terrorist. Hollywood changed them to white South Africans in the movie. PC dominates Hollywood. Americas true enemies are rarely seen in the movies of modern times.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 8:20:16 AM PST by Uncle Lonny
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To: Starman417

I recommend “Warm Bodies” as a zombie movie. It’s from the POV of the zombie, it is Romeo and Juliet, and Beauty and the Beast zombie movie. Plus, it is funny.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 8:21:51 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: Starman417

Interesting but, where’s Carl?


5 posted on 02/22/2014 8:23:56 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Starman417

Interesting essay. Agree/disagree about 60/40. Most interesting to me is that the left feels the entropy and dissolution as well.

I most strongly disagree with this:

“Collectively, we have lost our belief in a positive future.”

I look towards Psalm 2 and smile.


6 posted on 02/22/2014 8:29:20 AM PST by Psalm 144 (1. Sow. 2. Reap. 3. Eat it.)
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To: Starman417

I think that one of the reasons that the “Zombie Apocalypse” is so popular as a theme is that in the end it is survivable. And the basic infrastructure of the cities and towns will remain intact for the most part.

Why is it survivable? The walking dead aka zombies will eventually rot away into carrion. It’s just a matter of keeping your heads down and staying alive until that occurs. Going after them to hurry up the process just plays into their hands. They don’t need a support chain; aka logistics and they can turn you and your comrades into one of them to continue the fight against the ‘living’.

Subconsciously or not many of us mentally look upon the ‘left’ in the same way. Rarely do they produce anything of basic value without the impetus or ‘reason’ for dealing with their enemies aka anyone who is not ‘them’.

Given enough time the ‘left’ will always return to that lowest common denominator of politics: ‘lords and peasants’. You can also use the Tribe and clan concept too if you desire.

The ‘right’ on the other hand understands the concept of ‘private property’. Humans will work their butts off as long as they know that the results of their labors will belong to them. Call that selfishness, greed or some such thing. But that is the way humans are ‘wired’.

Communism, socialism, fascism works the other way. Those who subscribe to those forms of human governance and interaction expect you to work your butt off for the opportunity to get a few crumbs or table scraps from their betters and you WILL like it... or else.

So getting back to the Zombie Apocalypse, both sides think that it is survivable and are preparing for it. IF it occurs then we will see who was correct and who wasn’t.


7 posted on 02/22/2014 8:33:44 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Starman417

Unbelievable. Can’t people figure out ANYTHING any more ?

The zombie craze started when the programs started.

In 2002, for example, who was talking about zombies ?

NO ONE.

Not any more than normal, that is. There is always, of course, some goth, or vampire, etc.

Back in the ‘90s the amount of that in the minds of most people was almost nothing.

As a rule, people watch whatever cr@p the networks put on the air.

And very soon - they are talking about how it is their FAVORITE show.

It’s like all the idiotic survivor shows.

IT IS ALL A BUNCH OF CR@P.

It is designed to turn people into mental turnips.

I have personally seen people who were at one time sharp people who felt exactly as I do... and watch them fall into being idiots who sit and watch this garbage and take it as their own favorite, they no longer can see that it’s meaningless garbage, the sole purpose of which is to make them an idiot who will believe whatever the TV news media tells them.

These same people, who in the past saw the evil of immorality - now have no problem with it.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 8:35:09 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: abclily

I would say that Islam belongs nowhere. It is a political movement, manifesting as a religion, that conquered the innocent people of the Middle East around 700 A.D. and has kept them enslaved ever since. I wouldn’t wish islam on my worst enemy. Well maybe Democrats.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 8:36:29 AM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Starman417

“Collectively, we have lost our belief in a positive future”

Not me I’m just looking past the reset button which it would appear is about to get pushed.


10 posted on 02/22/2014 8:40:38 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Starman417

The Democrat party has to motivate American citizens to want Democrats in office and to do the actual process of voting. Fear is a tremendous motivator. The Democrats know this. How do you convince American citizens that they need to vote for the big government Democrats? You make the American citizens afraid of what COULD happen. The Democrats have studied Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. They understand it. During the last election, they hired dozens of psychologists and sociologists who all understand Maslow’s Hierarchy. While they understand it, the reality of life in the United States made it impossible for the Democrats to run campaigns based on Maslow’s hierarchy. Things are just too good. There isn’t rampant starvation. Canada isn’t massing on our borders. Poor sanitation isn’t killing millions of our citizens. So, the Democrats had a dilemma. They had Maslow’s Hierarchy which they understood, but reality kept them from using it. Then, one smarty pants said, “OK, but what if we make the American citizens AFRAID that they could all regress to the bottom rung of the hierarchy?” The Democrats grand strategy was born. They just make our citizens AFRAID that they are going to drop down the Hierarchy and be forced to focus on their physical needs. I call this PROJECTING MASLOW’S HIERARCHY. Our entertainment venues are used to “project” this fear into our culture.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 8:48:58 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Right beside you! Americans prospered before there was a federal government and and Americans will prosper again after its demise.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PST by Psalm 144 (1. Sow. 2. Reap. 3. Eat it.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

No matter what happens, there will be always be people who land on their feet and even profit from a collapse. I think we are in for some rough times ahead, but all we can do is keep the faith and prepare ourselves mentally and physically for whatever may come.


13 posted on 02/22/2014 8:55:25 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: blueunicorn6

This is why I despise recreational drug use. It encourages cowardice, which plays right into the Democrat’s hands. People use recreational drugs because they can’t deal with reality. Running from reality is cowardice as well as defining mental illness. Once you are afraid of reality, and you show your willingness to pay money to hide from your fear, then you become easy pickings for the Democrats.
“Vote Democrat. We understand your fear. We’ll make it easier for you to hide. Don’t worry. We’ll take care of everything.....for a price.”


14 posted on 02/22/2014 8:59:08 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Starman417

I’m a big fan of “The Walking Dead”, but I don’t normally care about zombie fiction. I love good character driven drama, which is what TWD is all about....the zombies are little more than a plot device. In fact, the show’s title refers to the humans in the series.

My horror-hating sister-in-law and her husband recently got hooked on TWD....they say it’s the best show they’ve watched.


15 posted on 02/22/2014 9:01:43 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Starman417
He went through the history of fear in popular culture as outlined in the book War Stars by Bruce Franklin.

H. Bruce Franklin, 70s college Maoist/Stalinist.

I wonder about the attribution of SFF monsters to fears in the larger culture. To some extent it's true, but there's always something to be scared about, and both genre fiction and the entertainment tend to take on a life of their own with time. What Spielberg or Lucas or Peter Jackson does isn't necessarily narrowly correlated with what's in the newspapers.

16 posted on 02/22/2014 9:01:47 AM PST by x
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To: Starman417

The Apocalypse?
Why that should be starting today.
February 22, 2014 is the predicted date for Ragnarok, the Viking Apocalypse.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 9:07:20 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Starman417

Perhaps it’s the real world experience of watching mindless, slow-moving drones systematically attacking productive people and destroying civilization as we know it. Perhaps it’s disbelief as a self-destructive movement attracts more and more followers, all of whom live at the expense of those outside the movement. In zombie fiction, the drones even freak out over firearms. If these monsters aren’t consciously modeled from liberals, the coincidence is staggering.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 9:09:40 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: BuffaloJack

That’s right!!!! That’s today!!! First dibs on being a Viking Queen. (Girl type) just making it clear. :-)


19 posted on 02/22/2014 11:37:39 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: Starman417
Rather than an oppressors' guilty conscience, it seems to me that the Zombie craze has more to do that a minority of people (intelligent conservatives) feel outnumbered in real life by legions of un-thinking people bent on irrational destruction.

I must admit having sincere doubts on democratic elections generally, and the way America does them particularly....with the double election of the unthinking man bent on national destruction in office now.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 12:38:56 PM PST by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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To: Conservative4Ever

The hardest thing about the zombie apocalypse is pretending not to be excited.


21 posted on 02/22/2014 12:46:11 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: blueunicorn6

I recently got flamed on Reddit for saying that marijuana was the next level of distraction from bread and circuses. Free food and entertainment wasn’t enough, drug people into compliance.
And they welcome it because it is a new “freedom”.


22 posted on 02/22/2014 2:48:53 PM PST by tbw2
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To: The Working Man

I can’t remember who wrote it, but there as a contrast between politics and favorite monsters.
The left sees the right as zombies, mindless consumers who destroy individuality and creativity necessary to survival.
The right sees the left as vampires, draining the life blood of a people, killing them or converting them, over-sexualized but never creating new life.


23 posted on 02/22/2014 2:57:20 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Starman417
There is a certain segment of the population which the middle class has a concern about. Particularly the potential of them rampaging through our neighborhoods some day. But it's very politically incorrect to speak about them directly, so we content ourselves with talking about "zombies".

But when we increase our inventory of "zombie killing tools -- just in case", everybody knows what we're really talking about.

24 posted on 02/22/2014 3:34:28 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Starman417

Imho, it’s as I felt after the 2008 election; liberals are zombies.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 3:39:11 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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