safaiagem said: Snowpiercer opinion question! After I saw the movie with a friend the first thing he said was 'the anarchists are going to love this one. You literally have to destroy the entire system with violence'. I'm not 100% sure I buy into that but I was wondering what you thought?
well, it sounds like your friend kind of misunderstands what anarchism is, for one thing.
in my experience, virtually every piece of “political” dystopian fiction winds up being interpreted in vastly different ways by people of differing political viewpoints.
for example, the Hunger Games has been described as a communist, fascist, socialist and capitalist dystopia, depending on who you speak to. an american republican might think that the Capital represents a surveillance-obsessed liberal nanny state, while others might focus more on the struggle between the oppressed working classes and the idle rich.
generally speaking, people tend to perceive dystopias as having been created by a political viewpoint that they oppose and/or fear in real life. that’s reasonable enough, because things like propaganda, bigotry and systemic violence are common to pretty much any society that goes off the deep end into a dictatorial regime. and the easiest way to illustrate a dystopian society on film is to show a few scenes where violence, propaganda and bigotry ruin the lives of relatable protagonists.
but in the case of Snowpiercer, it’s difficult to see it as anything other as a specific commentary on the pointlessness of the capitalist class system. the main characters are forced to live in squalor by a malevolent, controlling white patriarch who created a pointlessly stratified financial caste system because he felt it was the best way to “balance” humankind. he then kills off a bunch of poor people whenever they start seeming like they’ll upset the “balance” and/or take some wealth away from the rich.
the idea that “destroying the system with violence” is an anarchist idea doesn’t really make sense, because it applies to virtually any violent revolution or conflict, and most of them… are not anarchist in the slightest. the main characters (Curtis, Namgoong Minsu, etc) don’t really express any particular ideology, they just want to be free. which is more or less the struggle of every dystopian movie hero ever.
p.s. i write more about the dystopian politics of Snowpiercer in my review.
The BBC, the UK’s officially entirely neutral news outlet, has basically decided not to report on any of the austerity protests and demonstrations that are going on.
Yesterday, 50,000 people marched against austerity, and they started their march at the BBC headquarters.
This wasn’t reported by the BBC at all yesterday. Today they ran a three paragraph article with only vague, somewhat misleading information. (Apparently ‘thousands’ of people attended, ‘organisers say’.)
It’s sinister and it has to stop. The BBC is ours. We pay for it.
Here is a petition.
The lack of news coverage for this weekend’s austerity protests is disgraceful.