Feb
11
2009

The National Review's Dystopian Reality

Salon's Glenn Greenwald (2/10/09, ad-viewing required) gets worked up over one entry in the National Review's "25 Best Conservative Movies of the Last 25 Years":

One of its writers, S.T. Karnick–who… considers Rambo to be a sterling theatrical achievement that celebrates authentic Christian values–named the genuinely superb 1985 Terry Gilliam film, Brazil, as #22 on the list. When doing so, Karnick wrote…

"Terry Gilliam's Brazil portrays a darkly comic dystopia of malfunctioning high-tech equipment and the dreary living conditions common to all totalitarian regimes…. Terrorist bombings, national-security scares, universal police surveillance, bureaucratic arrogance, a callous elite, perversion of science and government use of torture evoke the worst aspects of the modern megastate."

Is it even theoretically possible for someone's brain to allow them to write that last sentence in National Review as listing the hallmarks of "a totalitarian regime" and "the worst aspects of the modern megastate" without simultaneously realizing that this is everything that same magazine has cheered on for the last eight years at least?

Greenwald further drives the point home in a subsequent update that quotes Terry Gilliam himself saying "he recognizes what is glaringly obvious to everyone but National Review: that the very authoritarian horrors depicted by the film are the exact ones ushered in by the U.S. government over the last eight years."