Skip to comments.Avatar, cultural imperialism, and gun rights
Posted on 01/24/2010 3:53:24 PM PST by JohnPierce
Gun owners are the Navi ('the People'); whose history, tradition and culture are under fire. The anti-gunners, who would have the machine-like, all-powerful State control every aspect of life, are the heartless mercenaries who would obediently bulldoze the Tree of Liberty in their blind quest for an unobtainable state controlled utopia.
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If you have a minute, please read and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Good column John.
I saw the movie on Friday and thought that there were many not so subliminal pot shots at the US Military. Also, a lot of pro green, environmentalist hash.
Avatar is spectacular; so there MUST be another planet, inhabited by life similar to ours, that we earthlings can strip of its resources out there. Reminds me of the marijuana clouded people involved in SETI.
I would have had a better afternoon on the golf course.
As a life-long (now 67) sci-fi fan, I had no problems with the film. My belief system just assumed that, by 2154, the planet could be really screwed up.
For example, how about a scenario where the libs finally get control of everything? Not hard to imagine they P.O. the Islamo-fascists into a world war. To wage the war, they empower the “military industrial complex” big time.
In fighting the war, everything gets all out-of-control and they create a military with a brutalized do-anything-to-win mentality. Typical unintended consequences for which politicians are famous.
By 2154, the war is won but only after devastating the environment. The big mining corporation is now a bunch of major jerks who employ their out-of-work ex-military folks.
The Navi and Pandora are just normal aliens to a sci-fi fan. Nothing more needs be read into their society.
All those people who react negatively to “messages” and “agendas” in the movie need to relax and enjoy it. Much like a lot of atheists were able to enjoy The Ten Commandments or The De Vinci Code.
Pyrless ... I noted in the article that I enjoyed the movie and actually saw it twice. The anti-gun comment was NOT in the movie but in the full script.
I'm an atheist, and I certainly put The Ten Commandments waaaaay up there on my list of best movies of all time. I'll give Avatar a miss, though. While I'm a big SF fan (books more than movies), my sister (who saw it) said "Don't bother...you'd hate it".