In the above linked article the writer attempts to demonstrate
that vampires are a manifestation of the fears of the political right,
and that zombies are a manifestation of the fears of the political left.
I take issue with his view, and will attempt to demonstrate the
opposite understanding. The secret is that each is a fusion of 1) what
each side fears about the other and 2) what each side suspects about the other..
Why The Left Fears Vampires:
First off, I should mention that I'm talking about old-school
Stoker vampires. Drakul. Vlad Teppic. Nosferatu. And so forth. Now then:
vampires are the privileged elite. Count Dracula is, after all, a
count. Most vampire stories involve, at most, only a few vampires. A
small family, if not just a solitary figure, feeding off the masses for
the good of the few. And they tend to be rich. Fine food, fine wine,
good clothes, expensive all around. The operate in secret, in the dark,
influencing those beneath them. Davis rightly mentions that vampires
tend to be sexually defiant. But the left never actually believes the
right when they claim to be chaste and righteous. Every pastor caught
in adultery or with a porn addiction just reinforces the notion that the
right are hypocrites. I also disagree that the foreignness of vampires
is ever a major factor. They tend to be pale and at least somewhat
Caucasian-esque. Even when they're not, it's usually not an emphasized
factor. He's correct that vampires are parasites, but the left views the
wealthy elite as parasites on the poor.
Why The Right Fears Zombies:
Note: we're talking Dawn of the Dead, Romero zombies. Not 28 Days Later zombies.
They're not just zombies, they're the proletariat rising!
The vast horde, walking (shambling) in communist lockstep. The right
fears that the left will attempt to equalize us all, remove anything
that makes us exceptional. Zombies, by and large, are all equally fast,
equally strong, and equally smart. No one zombie typically gets to eat
any more than the other, as they all descend on the of kill and partake
as they can. One might object that the zombies aren't actually working together,
they're just a collection of individuals seeking their own ends. But
that's the trick: the right doesn't think communism works because humans
are selfish bastards that seek their own ends and can't work
together. Capitalism is an attempt to use human greed to positive
effect. But zombies are perfectly equalized humans whose selfishness
happens to mesh with each other.
Friday, April 19, 2013
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A list of the previous labels I've tagged to posts in the past.
abortion, america, Apartment, art, atonement, beauty, blog, capitalism, Christian, Christianity, Christians, Christmas, college, contradictions, forgiveness., happiness, History, icons, immodesty, Introduction, Jesus, journey, joy, judging, justice, killing, labor, Lamentation, leisure, Life, lists, logic, Love, martial arts, meaninglessness, mind, morality, new, observation, Orthodox, Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy., others, penal, person, personhood, pregnancy, propositions, protesters, Sainthood, Saints, Salvation, society, States, substitution, suffering, theory, truth, United, veneration, War, work, working, worship
Sort of a smorgasbord of what I tend to think about.