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Friday, January 08, 2010

Avatar, Multiculturalism, and the Death of the West

Avatar, the movie, illustrates all that is wrong with multiculturalism and shows how it threatens Western civilization. This film is easily summarized. It is the good indigenous people fighting the bad U.S. military. But, beyond the highest globally grossing film of all time having audiences cheering the killing of U.S. Marines, the film reflects even deeper multicultural truisms that we must combat with culturism or die.

This film provided a perfect representation of multiculturalism. At heart multiculturalism says to respect all cultures, except the West. This is because we are, as the film explains, seen as imperialist. And, as we have transformed the world, we have disproportionately disrupted the indigenous cultures multiculturalism celebrates. Culturism, by way of contrast, supports the West and recognizes progress.

In indigenous cultures, on average, Lawwrence Keeley and other anthropologists tell us, 25% of the male population died in warfare. And, there was yearly war. The population stayed low because of starvation and death in childbirth. And, while the men fought, women were beasts of burden. In 20th century Europe, by contrast, with its two World Wars, only 1.9% of males died in combat. Most Americans never go to War. Nearly none of us die in War. We live long lives with lots of comforts and food. If you are anti-War you should support the West.

Indigenous poplutions were not the angelic environmentalists of left leaning Hollywood minds. As the indigenous population spread across North America, it wiped out 85% of the large mammals. Jared Diamond, in Collapse, tells us that Arizona used to be forested. The locals used all the trees and descended into cannibalism, before Columbus arrived. And remember Easter Island? Science solved the Ozone problem. To abandon the West and rationality is to destroy the hope of environmental management.

The film backs an array of pathological leftist multicultural thoughts. This film, as multiculturalism generally, denigrates progress and the West for having made it. The lead character says the indigenous will not give up their way of life for “lite beer and blue jeans.” The West is more than that. We have taken the world from one of scared superstition and constant warfare to a place with comfort and progress. Thanks to the West, slavery is nearly gone and the world population is booming.

It was significant to me that the lead character had a “tribal” tattoo. These tattoos show disaffection with the rational West and sympathy for a more emotional primitive past. In several scenes the indigenous people all chant or sway in unison. They have a sense of community. The West is an alienating place as it stresses individualism. But, we could again find cohesion in the fact that we are the cutting edge of technology and freedom in the world. By claiming that we have no majority culture or connection with western civilization, multiculturalism drives people to look for it in fairy tales and get tribal tattoos.

In Avatar the left’s hatred of America was on display. Though it happens in a remote time and place, a protagonist calls the marine’s destruction “Shock and awe.” A Marine leader says “we must fight terror with terror.” And, as a central trope, the Marines attack their tallest structure, a tree. This covertly justified the indigenous people’s attack on our tallest structure, the World Trade Center. When you couple this with Avatar’s asking us to root for the killing of American soldiers, we have a fairly anti-American film.

In reality, whether Hollywood’s left or Obama want to admit it, we are currently fighting for the survival of western civilization. Our Islamic enemies, like all indigenous folks, are war like, irrational, and oppressive. When the Taliban took over parts of Pakistan last year, they immediately destroyed nearly two hundred girl’s schools. They are attacking Thailand. It is not because of Thai crimes. It is due to the rabid, irrational, drives that their form of theocracy unleashes.

Lastly, the film sinks to its lowest multicultural level with its invocation of racist themes. The angry Marine leader, before and in the ultimate showdown between good and evil, asks the lead protagonist to stick with his own “race.” The correct word would have been species. But the choice parallels the multicultural blurring of race and culture. The multis label all mention of negative aspects of cultural diversity “racist.” Ultimately, in this film, to be for the West is, in the Marine’s words, to be racist. That optimizes the multicultural left’s position.

We must use the words culturism and culturist to help distinguish between race and culture. Racism is stupid. But cultural diversity, like progress, is real. If we cannot talk about the negative aspects of some cultures, and if to root for our side continues to be demonized as racist, we are in trouble. Avatar’s overtly saying those who side with Western civilization are racist reflects a common multicultural tactic of the left that should not be taken lightly.

Perhaps even scarier, the film constantly evokes the use of the word, “the people.” In Avatar, to be for western civilization is to be against, “the people.” This is the sort of black and white thinking that leads to genocide. When leaders start doing things in the name of “the people” we are on our way to demagogic authoritarianism. To be good, the lead protagonist must show is he not part of the West, disdains it, and has converted to being one of “the people.” This is a bad trope.

For the West to thrive, it must replace multiculturalism with culturism. We must know we have a valuable and vulnerable civilization and strive to protect it. This will give us a much-needed sense of pride and community. We must recognize that progress has happened and we can revert to something much worse. While we have a war on terror, films that subtlety justify the 9/11 attacks and overtly justify the killing of Marines, sap our defense of civilization. The West must stand against theocracy. To do so we must side with and strive for the success of the West. We must adopt a culturist, rather than a multiculturalist, perspective. Avatar shows us why.

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Blogger christian soldier said...

I wanted to view the movie-now I will not...Thanks for the heads up...
C-CS

Friday, January 08, 2010 6:33:00 am  
Blogger midnight rider said...

CS -- Epaminodas has a different take on it:

http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2009/12/avatar-review-first-of-all-its-not.html

Friday, January 08, 2010 7:03:00 am  
Blogger Damien said...

Culturist John,

I saw the movie so I can comment on it, without saying anything to off.
The movie did have a few good points. I definitively they did a good job with the special effects. They were spectacular. There were some problems with the philosophy through one should point out some of the things they do get right. We most certainly should care about the Earth, for one thing. Also, I would have a Moral dilemma, with conquering or abusing any Creature as intelligent as the Navi that was not a threat to us. Even if unlike the movie, the turned out to be barbaric. However you raise some valid points. The Navi are portrayed as enlightened and compassionate and one with the natural world. When it comes to real tribal societies things are not like that at all. However you do get one thing wrong, in your review. In the movie, its never the U.S Military or the Military of any nation or that of a one world human government, Its a corporation who's mercenaries who are working for a big corporation who carry out the dead. Its more of an attack on capitalism than it is on the U.S military. Although even that you could argue is some what of a stretch, since its possible to have a free market capitalist society without private corporations forcing their will on the people of other societies for a profit.

Friday, January 08, 2010 7:49:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Previously thought I might get around to seeing it, but now I think I probably won't.

Nitpicking capitalism? Strike one!

Heartless corporate mercenaries killing poor blue (what, green too obvious?) environmentally stable noble savage types? Steee-rike two!

Anti-western, anti-military leftist innuendo? Strike three, yer outta there!

Rad special effects? Yawn.

No money from my wallet to yours on this one mister screenwriter/movie director. It just doesn't sound like the kind of movie the world needs to be going all gaga stupid over at the present time. I think I'll pick up a couple of used copies of Team America and 300 and then just give them to a liberal instead.

Friday, January 08, 2010 9:28:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding attacks in Thailand, this is part of a much bigger picture which the liberals and leftists do not want to acknowledge. Islam does not only attack big bad imperialists, but has also wiped out pacifist Buddhists by the million .

This is a conveniently forgotten jihad that deserves much wider publicity.

Friday, January 08, 2010 10:45:00 am  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

I couldn't DISGAREE more strongly.

In fact I could craft an argument which states when things go south, BECAUSE ALL HUMANS ARE WEAK (and upon the receipt of riches... all self conscious life), it is the conscience of western man, through ENLIGHTENED SELF INTEREST - which goes to the rescue of those who cannot act for themselves.

Those who see racism and cultural messages might consider the underlying racism is that these 'natives' can never save themselves, it takes the white guy and the product of the white culture to pull their asses out of the fire.

BUT IT'S ALL... ALL BUNK.

Want to see a political movie? ... download "Z"

There is NO MORE political message in this flick than the rich gal poor boy motif in Titanic, the military war on 'russian water tentacles', the company saving 'aliens' for commercial use in Titanic, Abyss, and Aliens .. all Cameron products.

All story inventions are slaves to the SUCCESS OF THE SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF against the background the main tension:
BOY MEETS GIRL
BOY GETS GIRL
BOY LOSES GIRL
BOY GETS GIRL
i.e. - the inescapable theme of EVERY MOVIE LOVE STORY

This movie is a technical triumph on a simple story. The acting especially by the marine -- actually MERCENARY COMMERCIAL GUARD, colonel, Stephen Lang who can sell it is EXCELLENT. The idea that a technology has been invented which allows us to see actors ACT thru this kind of imaging is a TRIUMPH for a new genre.

Those of you who naively say they refuse to see this movie are being silly. See it for yourselves.

Too many people like the athiests planting signs on the sides of buses are TOO READY TO BE OFFENDED.

Go enjoy a very quick 2 hours and 45 minutes of ENTERTAINMENT.

Mrs Epa and I have seen it TWICE. Both times it RAN BY. RAN.

It's a science fiction movie. Not "Z"

Friday, January 08, 2010 1:06:00 pm  
Blogger Culturist John said...

I think the attempt to distance the Marines from America died with the "shock and awe" and "fight terror with terror" remarks.

This was not a random story. The idea of the West being evil bullies that rape the earth is a liberal ur-myth. It needs to be fought.

And, yes, if there was one bright side of the film it was the special effects. If the rest of the West was as cutting edge as our film industry, we'd never have to worry about our economy. The effects were mind-bogglingly great.

But that makes this even more dangerous propaganda. The whole world will go see how fighting the rapacious American military in the name of "the People" is a great and noble endeavor.

Friday, January 08, 2010 2:13:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

I just think you are too ready to find offense. If you want to find that, differentiate between this and Valley of the Wolves.


That is something which offends, not this.

This is PURE.

PURE FICTION.

Friday, January 08, 2010 2:52:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I haven't seen the movie, so I can't comment.

But, check this out:

http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2009/12/video-director-james-cameron-admits-avatar-movie-nothing-more-than-liberal-propaganda.html

Friday, January 08, 2010 3:10:00 pm  
Blogger rumcrook™ said...

sorry epp its still upsetting to see that at the core thier is a message that the western culture is evil.

thats the big lie of multiculturalism, that we are all equal, but the reality is that in a western state the cultural immigrant is considered "more equal" coddled and in most situations the western ideal is considered the defacto guilty party that isnt being "sensitive enough"

the onus is allways on the cultural westerner to be understanding and see how bad and evil they are as the basic assumption

also its nature worship going on in this film set up as a higher state of being and more noble.

fuck that. I no tree that anyone has ever prayed to has ever saved a life.

nature is cruel and all you have to do to confirm that is watch national geographic channel and watch a wilderbeast get shredded by a crock trying to cross the river.

nature is not god. thier is no reason in it.

western thought and philosophy has tried to raise humanity above nature because we yearned to see a life better than the cruel death nature provided.

this film has the message that a nature worship tribal life is more noble than our western life and thats a crock of shit.

the aztecs were nature worshipers and how many millions had thier hearts cut out on thier alters? but somehow the spanish conquitadors were the real bad guys.

Friday, January 08, 2010 3:43:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Once again, having not seen the movie, my comments don't much apply ...

But, you know what they ought to make a movie about? They ought to make a movie about how British Imperialism made life BETTER for the people of Africa and the Middle East.

Everything the West has touched has gradually become better. Since we left Africa and the ME, life has gotten worse.

I wonder how the Blue Meanie creatures in James Cameron's mind would grok that?

Friday, January 08, 2010 3:55:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

@rumcrook, "the core thier is a message that the western culture is evil."

United Fruit Company WAS EVIL.
Google Smedley Butler
So what?
Greed and brutality is NOT western culture but it happens.
Greed is not capitalism.
The Spanish brought disease and within a hundred years these continents suffered a loss of indigenous population which in % DWARFED that of 1346-1350 making them ours, easily. That's the way IT WAS

You can as easily argue it takes a white guy to save the 'colored blue-ies' from the thievves and killers (who are DIVERSE, btw) as the "THEME" if you are looking for a negative theme.

Or argue the core is if you don't have the technological edge live on a planet which is one giant net of synapses.

I don't buy that's the core.
The core is Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana.

Is the core of "It's complicated" a vicious blast of the navel gazing american middle class, american culture, fixated on stupid bourgeois concerns? Or is it a comedy?

Ar we the mirror image of humorless communists who can see nothing but the dialectic and offenses against it?

NOT ME.

Friday, January 08, 2010 4:08:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

By the way, Rumcrook's points are all very important to ponder. Great comment.

All this being said, the movie could STILL be excellent.

The question is, does one want to spend one's money on a movie which is anti-Western/anti-Capitalism, and ultimately anti-Freedom, if that is, indeed, what this movie is?

I've spent an awful lot of time consuming art with this message. It doesn't bother me much. Some of my favorite writers (Henry Miller, Paul Bowles, Henry David Thoreau, etc.) are anti-American and anti-Western. I still love their writing.

Friday, January 08, 2010 4:12:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Epa asked: Ar we the mirror image of humorless communists who can see nothing but the dialectic and offenses against it?


I say: Now, THAT is a brilliant question to ponder. There's a book in that question.

Friday, January 08, 2010 4:14:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

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Friday, January 08, 2010 6:08:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Rumcrook,

In the real world the people running corporations sometimes to evil things, and they sometimes do evil things to make money, but given the track record of other economic systems that's hardly an argument agianst free market capitalism. I agree with Epaminondas. A movie can portray people, including the heads of big corporations doing evil things motivated by greed, without being in any way shape or form, pro socialism or anti capitalism.

Friday, January 08, 2010 6:09:00 pm  
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Friday, January 08, 2010 6:13:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Pastorius,

I said it was a stretch to say that it was anti capitalism. For one thing even through they were part of a private corporation, the greediness and aggression of the bad guys' was never blamed on the free market. I guess that you could assume that, because it doesn't say anything against that idea, but it doesn't really say that either.

Friday, January 08, 2010 6:15:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

In fact Damien, for all the qualifications made earth could be run by a fascist conglomerate like a govt-GE goop melange, or a bunch of Mugabe's

Friday, January 08, 2010 6:28:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Epaminondas,

Good point, and it might well be if society as a whole didn't have a problem with attacking primitive societies that clearly weren't a threat to us just to get valuable resources.

Friday, January 08, 2010 6:47:00 pm  
Blogger Culturist John said...

Pastorious,

The question for me is not only will I plunk down $16.45!!! for the 3-D version; the question is what is the net effect of this being the worlds' most popular movie? We live by our myths.

No, it doesn't say all capitalism is bad. But it is the ONLY capitalism within this film. It is clearly a US corporation.

BTW, there was a book called, I believe, the Pan-American Dream. The guy who wrote it also wrote with Samuel Huntington. It went into detail about the United Fruit Company (UFC). United Fruit Company provided schools, hospitals, jobs, and a national infrastructure that no other previous indigenous entity did. I do not buy that we were evil there or that capitalism did not enhance folks life there.

During our expansion of the African slave trade, we did harm Africans. That said, it pre-existed us as the Islamic slave trade and the British spent large sums, lives, and years, trying to put down the slave trade. We are not unique for having slavery, we are unique for having stood against it. That was a Western gift to the world.

The film sometimes looks, my friend told me, like Apocalypse now. Again, was this (as the left portray it) the evil warring West disturbing the peaceful indigenous? The Vietnamese nearly killed the Cham people to where they now only live in Cambodia. And, when we left the place turned into a hell hole. The only reason they are emerging is because they are doing business with us.

The analogy to Vietnam is not UFC, it is to Korea. In Korea we did the same thing as in Vietnam, but we won. Ask the people of the South if they aren't glad we won. Ask the people of North Korea if it wasn't good that we spent our lives trying to spread our values. Oh, wait, you can't speak to North Koreans!!

Anyhow, this leftist multicultural myth is damaging. If you apply it to Islam it is very dangerous as it, as I said, justifies 9/11 and recruitment in our universities of jihadists. Sigourney Weaver is, BTW, just like the leftist professors I studies with - anti-military and so much smarter than everyone else. Is it any wonder that British university experience radicalizes jihadis?

www.culturism.us

Friday, January 08, 2010 8:07:00 pm  
Blogger Epaminondas said...

@john..just do some research on Smedley Butler, one of I think only TWO, two time winners of the MOH.

See what he had to say on the ground about UFC and the banks that worked with them.

Sorry, they are not a model of capitalism.

They did what NIKE did in Indonesia. There is NO EXCUSE for knowingly paying wages which keep people living in cardboard boxes in the city and claim that's better than they were when they were starving in the jungle.

That is NOT Ayn Rand's enlightened self interest. That's greed.

And THAT's the WSJ talking about it.

Friday, January 08, 2010 9:49:00 pm  
Blogger medical said...

Boycott "World Cup 2010". South Africa and Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) have been TOTALLY DECIMATED since they have come under black rule. You clueless and delusional Marxist fools who pushed for black rule should quite literally be shot dead for the murderous destruction you have caused. http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/

Saturday, January 09, 2010 3:21:00 am  
Blogger Damien said...

Medical,

What does that have to do with this post, and who among us are you calling Marxists? I'm not a Marxist, Pastorius is not a Marxist, Epaminondas is not a Marxist, midnight rider is not a Marxist, Christian Soldier is not a Marxist, and Culturist John is not a Marxist. Second of all, what makes you think any of us support what happened with the governments of those societies?

Saturday, January 09, 2010 4:09:00 am  
Blogger Damien said...

Back on the topic of the Avatar movie, here's another interesting commentary on the movie. This time from David Brooks.

The Messiah Complex

It talks a lot about the movie and his interpretation of it.

Saturday, January 09, 2010 5:43:00 am  
Blogger Culturist John said...

Epa,

I am not sure what MOH stands for. And, you have read an account one way and I another. According to what I read UFC workers were not in cardboard boxes.

But, the point is not that the West has never done rotten things. Again, slavery stunk. But in the long sweep, we are a boon. And, multiculturalism's long portrayal of all cultures being pristine, except us, does our nation no good.

And, again, you could say it is nice to appreciate subcultures. To some extent. But, again, all totaled, the focus is destructive. It blinds us to progress and evils in other cultures.

I think we agree on the above, if not details of UFC.

BTW, if you're interested, read the account in UFC, read the pan-american dream by Lawrence Harrison.

Saturday, January 09, 2010 11:10:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Epa said: They did what NIKE did in Indonesia. There is NO EXCUSE for knowingly paying wages which keep people living in cardboard boxes in the city and claim that's better than they were when they were starving in the jungle.


I say: We may not like the idea of people living in cardboard boxes, but why would people work to live in such a way, if they did not feel it was better than what they had before?

How much should a corporation pay? Are people entitled to a plywood house, rather than a cardboard box? Are they entitled to meat in their rice at every meal?

Saturday, January 09, 2010 1:39:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

By the way, the conditions described in the book Grapes of Wrath are wrong. A company town is wrong. A place where the corporation controls not only the wages paid, but the cost of goods and services, and the living conditions of the workers, that is wrong.

If THAT is what was going on with Nike in Indonesia, then that is something shameful.

I do not know what was going on with Nike in Indonesia. I have never read on the subject.

Saturday, January 09, 2010 1:43:00 pm  
Anonymous revereridesagain said...

Avatar sounds like an inflated version of what Disney did to Pocahantas a couple decades back. A pretty but poisoned fairy tale.

Cameron tried to hammer the "evil capitalists" theme into Titanic, mostly via Bruce Ismay (a sitting duck if there ever was one) and the character played by the execrable Billy Zane. (I'll never forgive him for not actually drowning Zane. Given the mechanics of that set, he had plenty of opportunity.)

But the Titanic overwhelms everything else with its human drama, and Cameron wisely chose to emphasize a young woman's journey to her own freedom and to focus on the romance with a young man who personified that freedom. But even Cameron admits that Avatar is more about the "green" and anti-capitalist message. I'll take him at his word and pass on it, thanks.

Saturday, January 09, 2010 2:45:00 pm  
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