I went to see The Dark Knight with a friend, and another former Occupier analyst last night. Patrick Ross suggested I go see the movie and write a review from the perspective of an Occupy Dissident. I’m glad I did, the movie was great- it was entertaining, and had great special effects. It wasn’t Oscar material, but it was a nice surprise to see fellow east Londoner Michael Kane.
Spoiler alert, if you read further, you’ve been warned…
There weren’t any tents in the movie, but it was right on-target as an allegory for the Occupy movement- if we were to be the change that Occupy’s hijackers wanted to see, this would most likely be it. The only real difference is that Bane was at least honest about his intention to destroy the city- the people leading hijacked Occupations are still publicly in denial.
The movie had something for everyone in the occupy crowd. They invaded the stock market, let everyone out of the prisons and locked-up the police in the sewers, sustainable energy (we’ll get to that in a moment), and anarchy at its best (showing why anarchy is the worst.) The only thing missing from making this movie the perfect wet dream for Occupy’s hijackers was that nobody got smashed over the head with a flagpole!
Doug Hattem of Occupy Bay Street was probably confused watching the bad guys invading the stock exchange (OBS has avoided protesting the bankers and has instead stuck to policing political correctness). But, I’m sure he peed his pants with excitement watching all of the city’s criminals being released from prison. Of course, the rest of us were horrified, as we knew what the results would be.
Now, let’s get to the sustainable energy. Bruce Wayne’s company created a new device that could supposedly solve all of the earth’s energy needs in a sustainable way. The only problem is that this same power source could also be easily weaponized. As a result, Wayne mothballed the project. Once the 99% took power, they immediately used it as a weapon, ignoring the value it could have to mankind.
This makes me think of many of the radicals in Canada’s environmentalism movements. Like Bane, they weaponize sustainability as a political tool. The real question is, if they had to choose between political power, and something that could achieve their ‘goal’ of sustainability, which one would they choose? Occupy gave me a pretty good idea of what the outcome would be- just look at how they weaponized safe space politics if you have any doubts.
I knew I’d enjoy the movie from the moment I saw people on the Marxism mailing list calling it fascist propaganda– they are like the inverse of Mikey to me, if they don’t like it, the odds are that I will. And, they didn’t disappoint me. I’m not a fan of most action movies, but this one was a great time, and highly recommended…