Skip to comments.Is Ken Burns a Secret Propagandist for Socialism?
Posted on 09/24/2009 6:44:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway
In other words, the entire origin of the national park system, whose most passionate backer was a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt, is based on a firm belief in -- Glenn Beck, cover your ears, please -- government intervention to regulate an out-of-control free-enterprise system. In fact, one of the more dramatic moments in Burns' documentary involves the battle to create a park in the Great Smoky Mountains, while logging companies bankrolled anti-park ads and were "frantically cutting the old-growth forests to extract everything they could before the land was closed to them."
In some ways, Burns' new series sounds like almost as radical a critique of free market excess as Michael Moore's new "Capitalism: A Love Story." Of course, it's unlikely to cause as much of an uproar as "Capitalism" because Moore is a natural magnet for controversy while Burns' films, with their lilting music and cozy slo-mo zooms, can make the most incendiary historical events appear almost as soothing as a glass of warm milk.
However, Poniewozik has uncovered the razor blade inside Burns' cinematic pillow. To hear him tell it, Burns' portrait of the creation of our national parks should give conservatives pause in their rush to pillory government at every turn. As Poniewozik writes: "The national parks -- and 'The National Parks' -- are based on ideas that are classically, if not radically, communitarian: That the free market doesn't always act in the public interest. That it's good that every American shares ownership of and responsibility for the most exclusive properties in the country.
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He seems like an out in the open commie to me
i don’t think it’s a secret
What are national parks but tiny hamlets—where people go to ooh and ahh when they get tired of the cities they’ve voluntarily crammed themselves into—scattered among huge swaths of land maintained by private companies? So overrated. People really have no notion of how wild the world is, locked up in civilization.
They are everywhere...watching Chavez on CNN, wow.
Here’s hoping with this much exposure, the commies in this country will be shunned.
But you gotta read between the lines because he almost always takes the socialistic view on stuff which is oh-so-typical for public broadcasting.
La wik sez: Burns is a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, with almost $40,000 in political donations. In 2008, the Democratic National Committee chose Burns to produce the introductory video for Senator Edward Kennedy's August 25 speech to the Democratic National Convention. The speech which Burns' video introduced would prove to be Kennedy's last in a 46-year career of public service."
he looks like a south park caricature...in the flesh.
The United States lost the Cold War. A dedicated huge cadre of communists first seized the democrat party, and then the reins of Washington power.
Ken Burns is just on of many thousands of communists receiving taxpayer money.
If the Stupid Party ever stumbles back into power, it must defund the evil NEA and Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
What’s the secret? He works for PBS.
“Burns’ films, with their lilting music and cozy slo-mo zooms, can make the most incendiary historical events appear almost as soothing as a glass of warm milk.”
Oh, don’t get me going!
This jackass is not only exactly that - a communist liberal suck-up - but his documentaries are BORING.
I don’t get anyone’s love affair with this idiot.
He made baseball seem boring (well, it is to a good extent, but it should be fun and light-hearted, not heavy-handed).
Every show about some general subject is injected chock-full of “woe to the ‘African-Americans’” as an entire chapter. About how evil America was/is because of blacks.
That tips me off right there that this dude is an America-basher.
You only need to listen to him briefly to realize he’s light in his loafers.
His WWII series was okay. The 1970’s series WORLD AT WAR kicks its’ butt in every way imaginable. Oh, and he looks like a homo...
The author of the article doesn’t have a clue. Yeah, there’s such a thing as public property, and that isn’t the same thing as communism. There’s also nothing wrong, from a conservative standpoint, about public property. So long as all citizens share in the ownership and have equal access to the property, it’s OK. A national park is basically the same concept as a road, a monument, etc. So long as the original owners of the property were paid fair market value for it and the land now serves a public use, it’s OK.
What’s not OK is taking private property from one person so that it can be turned over for another person’s exclusive use. It’s also not OK, from a conservative/moral and constitutional standpoint, to seize private property for public use without paying fair compensation to the original owners.
That may be true largely (especially out West), but it wasn’t true in the Shenandoah.
VA kicked out poor people and took their land by eminent domain. The view was they were too stupid too care for themselves, so should be shifted somewhere where they could get “help”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenandoah_National_Park
Your post made me crack up because you perfectly captured my opinion about Burns and his documentaries.
I work for a parks agency (yes, I keep my libertarian leanings on the down-low at work) and my co-workers all LOVE Ken Burns (I mean LOVE LOVE). And I just don’t get it because even disregarding his obvious bias, I haven’t been able to sit through one of his documentaries because they are so boring.
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