Sunday, March 30, 2014

Major Hollywood Movie Studio to Release Film Distorting Anarchy

Universal Pictures is about to release a new film, The Purge: Anarchy. The picture paints anarchy as a complete out-of-control society, as opposed to simply a society without government. And though anarchy can mean total lawlessness and disorder it is not the only meaning.

Here are the definitions of anarchy that are listed in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Full Definition of ANARCHY

a : absence of government
b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government

a : absence or denial of any authority or established order
b : absence of order : disorder
Certainly, anarcho-capitalists, who believe in free markets, the non-aggression principle and respect for private property, use the definition of anarchy as a combination of Merriam definitions 1a, 1c and 2b rather than definitions that include disorder and lawlessness.

That said, this movie is going to reinforce in people's minds the definition of anarchy as disorder and a complete lack of respect for the non-aggression principle.

From EmpireOnline on the movie:
Moved into production swiftly after the success of last year’s low-budget chiller thriller The Purge, the sequel, subtitled Anarchy, put a teaser online last month. Universal and Blumhouse productions have now released the full promo.

Anarchy, like the Purge before it, takes place a bizarre, violent future America where the government comes up with a radical idea to curb crime and social issues. One night a year, all laws are suspended, the emergency services including police, fire and medical are benched and people are free to do exactly what they want for a 12-hour period. 

While maintaining the paranoia levels and still focusing on a relatively small group of characters, the sequel opens the canvas up a little, following what happens when a young couple (Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez) break down outside LA on the worst night possible. Naturally, things turn very dark for them as masked weirdoes haunt their every turn and the violence begins to ramp up. Enter Grillo’s haunted antihero, who had set out during the night of the Purge on a vengeful agenda, but ends up being helpful to Gilford and Sanchez.

Curiously, the studio producing the film, Blumhouse Productions, tends to produce low budget paranormal themed films. Blumhouse is also coming out with a film about Area 51 that will distort what is going on there. The film is set as a mythical documentary that takes Area 51 beyond current conspiracy theories and puts Area 51 in an absurd, far from reality, paranormal setting.

If I didn't know better, I would think we have serious distortions about anarchy and Area 51 that suggest government psy ops in play.

For the record, the director and co-writer of Area 51 is Oren Peli, who was born in Israel and relocated to the United States when he was 19. Before getting involved with films, he was a  computer software programmer.

Peli also produced and wrote the 2012 horror film, Chernobyl Diaries based on the Chernobyl disaster.

Here's TMZ on that bizarre film:
The Friends of Chernobyl Centers U.S. tells TMZ ... it's furious with the plot of the new movie -- in which several people who were mutated in the blast hunt down unwitting tourists. 
Getting back to the word anarchy, I have always felt that most associate the word only with violence and the complete opposite of the non-aggression principle. This movie isn't going to help things. The confusion about the word is why I have always preferred do describe an anarcho-capitalist society as a private property society. It means the same thing without the possibility of confusing the words with violence and disorder.


  1. "One night a year, all laws are suspended, the emergency services including police, fire and medical are benched and people are free to do exactly what they want for a 12-hour period. 

  2. -- Anarchy, like the Purge before it, takes place a bizarre, violent future America where the government comes up with a radical idea to curb crime and social issues. One night a year, all laws are suspended, the emergency services including police, fire and medical are benched and people are free to do exactly what they want for a 12-hour period. 

    Interesting concept - letting people free to do what they please and suspend all laws (which is the main plot of an episode of Star Trek (Original Series) called "The Return Of The Archons".

    Anyway, wouldn't that mean that one day each year, a lot of burglars and robbers and would-be pillagers and rapists will have their heads blown off by 12-gauge-armed citizens that prepare for such a night? Obviously, the original "Purge" movie does not address that point and I am sure neither will this sequel, precisely because the director, producer and scriptwriter are not interested in showing the irrelevancy of government but rather just how much we need it, by showing us scary stuff (the same with movies like Contagion and World War Z).

  3. I doubt a terrible horror movie can do anything more to denigrate anarchism that hasn't already been done by government schools and the antisocial behavior of the "anarcho-syndicalist" posers. Most people hold self-professed anarchists with the same esteem as child molesters.

    I agree that it's helpful to avoid the anarchy branding given the negative connotations. I've taken to referring to an anarcho-capitalist society as a "civil contract society".

  4. Seems like a badly titled "Hunger Games" rip-off or "Mad Max by Law" The theme... political class preying on the tax cattle for fun, profit and power ie real "social Darwinism." The sequel to this nonsense should be "The Purge: Mussolini in the Square."

  5. Sounds like a terrific PSA about the dangers of allowing a single entity to monopolize the provision of "law and order ."

  6. The fallacy in this is the implication that an anarchic society is one with no structure or rules at all. That's entirely wrong, of course. It's just one in which a monopoly violence and control is not ceded to a particular group of people by the people at large. There would be plenty of "governance", just no government.

    Also, a sudden withdrawal of all current government structure without a transition to private structures to take their place would clearly result in chaos. Only the most extremist anarchists who desire just that situation would advocate for that to happen. So it's a strawman, pure and simple.

    1. Bingo Onlooker. You hit the nail on the head!

      But you know these statist maggots. Stupid is as stupid does.

    2. The absence of what govt structures would result in chaos?

  7. According to the Merrian-Webster definitions, the anarchy in this cheap horror movie fits a couple of those definitions. While this may be unfortunate, it is a fact.

    Furthermore, i also think we shouldn't take it too seriously. I don't think the people making this popcorn movie are trying to make an anti-libertarian or anti-anarchism statement so much as coming up with a concept for a horror flic and then realizing that this is called "anarchy" in the mainstream.

    I don't think anti-anarchism political pundits or activists would, in the future, point to "The Purge: Anarchy" and say: "This proves just how bad the views of you libertarian whackos are." The movie is far too inconsequential for that. Its intent is pornographic violence for entertainment sakes, not making a political statement.

  8. The government told people to go out and do this

  9. What do you expect from these government worshiping parasites and psycho-brats in Hollywood. The government told their Hollywood lackeys to produce this movie. Freedom minded people are going to be demonized and eventually murdered.

  10. I don't think it's an accident that the majority of people associate the word anarchy with some sort of dystopian "Mad Max" kind of world. Edward Bernays would be proud. There is a fairly large contingent of our fellow human beings out there who are thoroughly convinced that the only reason that we aren't out there killing each other every minute of every day is because there are laws against it. If the events in this "movie" were to take place in real life, I anticipate that it would be a lot more boring that what is portrayed. I see a whole bunch of people banding together with weapons for protection, and a few sociopaths roaming around trying to find easy prey. Sounds like the every day life of voters and politicians to me. Not so exciting.

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