Friday, February 13, 2009

The National Review Online Presents the 25 Best Conservative Movies of the Past 25 Years

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM

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Jim Newell's doing such good work on this over at Wonkette that I hesitate to pile on, but the Gattaca one probably should not pass without comment:

In this science-fiction drama, Vincent (Ethan Hawke) can't become an astronaut because he's genetically unenhanced. So he purchases the identity of a disabled athlete (Jude Law), with calamitous results. The movie is a cautionary tale about the progressive fantasy of a eugenically correct world—the road to which is paved by the abortion of Down babies, research into human cloning, and "transhumanist" dreams of fabricating a "post-human species." Biotechnology is a force for good, but without adherence to the ideal of universal human equality, it opens the door to the soft tyranny of Gattaca and, ultimately, the dystopian nightmare of Brave New World.

Sure, yes, obvs, Gattaca is a movie about what an awful world this would be, if pro-choicers had succeeded in forcing Sarah Palin to abort Trig — as I, like most progressives, held many traffic-blocking demonstrations demanding she do.

This actually sort of pernicious inasmuch as it ties into that whole Jonah Goldberg Liberal Fascism anti-science thing, in which embryo screening and other potentially useful, potentially problematic scientific advances are aligned with eugenics in an effort to frame the Nazis as left-wingers. As if the opposite of a "master race" was anything other than the dreaded-to-the-National Review d-word, diversity.

Also, you know. Wow.


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