Video: Walking into Mordor
posted at 11:45 am on July 5, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Bill Whittle returns with a new Firewall, and a new term: oikophobia, defined as an irrational fear of the familiar, the opposite of xenophobia. Bill argues that it wasn’t conservatives who launched the culture war in the 1980s, but the Left, starting much earlier. When the workers’ revolution promised by Karl Marx failed to materialize because capitalism actually delivered expansion of wealth and rising standards of living. Instead of losing the economic argument, the Left tried winning a culture war — and largely succeeded:
Whittle argues, perhaps somewhat counterintuitively, that conservatives need to engage in the entertainment industry. Like it or not, they have tremendous power, and boycotts only leave Mordor to continue to spew noxious gases. Declaration Entertainment is one channel to do this; another is to support those entertainment-industry products that either don’t carry hostile messages about conservatives and traditional values or actually portray them in a positive light. Watch to the end of the video to see how you can help Declaration Entertainment make films that do the latter.
I have no problem with Hollywood entertainers making political statements in their work as long as conservatives have the same access and ability to do so. I don’t need a Hays Code to protect me from my own entertainment choices or to impose my values on others. I’d be happy with real choices in theaters for dramas and comedies that reflect a wide range of thought on values in America and around the world. Unfortunately, as Whittle and Ben Shapiro have demonstrated, Hollywood doesn’t provide that kind of balance, nor much honesty in their product. While the Mordor comparison might be a little overwrought (but only a little), a pre-1990 Pravda comparison might not be all that far off the mark.