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(Piper + Carpenter)*1988=”They Live”

I often enjoy Annalee Newitz’s commentary at io9. It makes its way into Ender’s Review often. While browsing through the postings at io9 this week I came upon this.

Of course, like with The Matrix — which used AI constructs to portray agents of the power elite — Hollywood wouldn’t go for a more explicit form. Even V for Vendetta was set in England, and not the current seat of empire on the Potomac. However, They Live, in parodying the Reagan/Bush years, captures much of the ideological milieu of today’s Republican regime. Here’s a different clip than the one at the link above:

The outlook given in They Live maintains an attitude of skepticism about “free enterprise.” Of course, looking around at the world in the movie, or the one today, ought to make people skeptical about the ruling elite. However, truly free markets have little to do with either the movie’s or today’s actual world. I agree with Annalee: They Live merits a full viewing.

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