Wednesday, July 9, 2008

WALL-E : Not Really A Children's Film

Beware - it's not a cute little ET type film... it's environmentalist, anticapitalist, and antitechnological propaganda. It's aimed at brainwashing our kids too.

This brilliant critique by Gennady Stolyarov II, on the Mises website really hit the nail on the head.

If you don't read anything else this week - you have to read this article.

Here's an excerpt:
Virtually no one today who romanticizes the "good old days" of traditional agriculture recognizes how nasty, brutish, and short life under such conditions had been for millennia. Once the first industrial factories opened — with their long hours, dangerous equipment, and meager pay — people flocked to them in droves, because the factory conditions (including the sanitation provided and wages paid) were greatly preferable to those of toiling virtually all day on the traditional farm.

The creators of WALL-E, sitting in their comfortable Hollywood studios, did a tremendous disservice to the civilization that made their work and high standards of living possible. They glorified a lifestyle that would likely have killed them — and countless others — had it actually been revived.
Yes you see, there is a movement afoot to vilify big business, big oil, and any big money making corporations. Never mind that businessmen keep people working and earning - and produce goods and services that have made American standard of living so incredibly wonderful. Many of the people we call impoverished in this country still have cell phones and cable TV. Compare that to the real poverty in 3rd world countries... there is no comparison. We live quite well here. We even demand to live quite well here. Living well has become possible because of technology, because of businessmen who took risks to bring goods to market and because of investment.

Are some businesses ruthless and not very good corporate citizens? Sure. Are some businesses greedy? Sure. But you'd better believe that people would still be driving buggies and doing everything the hard way if there weren't money to be made by making improvements. But the market deals with bad businesses and bad businessmen as well. People have a choice to patronize businesses that they feel treat their workers better or give back to the community or don't test on animals. We see it everyday, and businesses are marketing those attributes as well as their product. We also see the market forcing adjustments on businesses like McDonalds... for example, people are demanding healthier foods and if companies like McDonalds want to stay in business they will respond to those consumer demands. That's how it works. We are seeing more organic and "healthy foods" now than ever before in the market place. It's when there is no competition or when government intervenes and the market is manipulated that we fall into trouble. Businesses can be punished for not doing the right things. That's what boycotting their goods and services is all about. That's how the market works.

Capitalism has contributed to the greatness of this country. Making money is a good thing. Tapping into a market - bringing something that people want to the market is what it is all about. That's why Socialism and Communism don't work - it takes away incentives. It gives people less choices. It makes the government your parent. Even China has begun to embrace capitalism and investment because they know that without incentive and profit an economy stagnates. A planned economy creates slavery and sameness and stagnation. Capitalism creates ingenuity and the incentives to solve problems. Technology is created that fulfills a need. A case in point is the emergence of all sorts of technologies to tackle our energy problems.

The Global warming Al Gore crowd seeks to punish people who employ technology and make advances in our culture. They'd have us weeding the fields by hand and reading by candlelight. Oh correction... they would have everyone who isn't elite living like 18th century peasants with tiny carbon footprints, while they enjoy their own jets and mansions.

WALL-E is not a child's film - it's social commentary and meant very much to influence developing minds into thinking technology and big business is bad.

Just thought you should know.