I like apocalyptic cinema being a collapse/doomsday kind of guy, but I stopped watching the zombie TV show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, this year. Boring, long drawn out stuff, the usual, from shows that have lived too long. We are no friends of popular culture here, but I want to point out an interesting paradox in the show. Basically, we have a core group led by ex-cop Rick Grimes. Then there are the bad guys led by warlord Negan. Negan represents the Alt Right, Rick pc liberalism. Team Rick is largely multiracial and diverse gay characters, with no transgenders, yet. Negan’s crew is mainly white.
Anyway, while the show has Negan as the ultimate bad guy, it was pointed out by the Negan character to Rick, that Rick was the real baddie, killing more people in cold blood than him. While we are to believe that Negan’s tribe live under a dictator, Rick is even more of a dictator, making all of the decisions. In the last episode of season 8, he fought Negan in the standard one-on-one battle and decided to let him live, even though his number 2 wanted him dead for closure for killing her husband. No democratic vote on that. The point here is that the show perfectly illustrates the inner contradictions of liberalism, that while promoting freedom and diversity and democracy, and even peace, it in practice seeks the opposite, ultimately leading to enslavement. We see it happen daily.