The Truckers Fighting Dystopia – The American Conservative
Canadian protesters are defending the human element that global elites would seek to mask, manipulate, automate and social distancing.
Martin Scorsese angered global nerds a few years ago when he claimed that today’s comic book adaptations don’t really qualify as cinema because they don’t achieve the kind of “aesthetic, emotional and spiritual revelation” that we associate with the masters of this art form. Scorsese was right, of course. These franchise flicks endlessly recycle the same flaky mythology about men and women in pantyhose, with stories and ideas that don’t run much deeper than soft-core porn plots.
But there are a few exceptions, and a more benevolent Scorsese might have noted those. One is Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, with its gripping if not exactly subtle meditations on the war on terror (The dark knight2008) and class struggle (The Dark Knight rises, 2012). another is loganthe 2017 Wolverine film with one of the most chillingly plausible portraits of American dystopia ever brought to the digital screen.
Say it like this: In logan We could just get a glimpse of what the world will be like once the Covid dust settles.
In 2029, when the events of the film take place, everything more or less continues as before, but everything has just gotten…crappy. There is still an American economy. The dollar didn’t collapse. Vegas still glitters. Agribiz still produces something like mass-produced food. But everything is colder, more inhuman and alienating. The population is aging. dr Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is a bit senile. Big corporations rule society like they used to, only more so. you go with me
In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, our protagonists attempt to navigate Midwestern highways as huge, heavily armored autonomous trucks zoom by at breakneck speeds. These machines keep racing to their destinations and have no pity on others who try to share the road. They are at the same time incredible achievements of man’s technological mind – and incredibly mindless. You can’t argue or negotiate with these things. You cannot appeal to their mercy. They are utterly impersonal and ruthlessly efficient.
If some Silicon Valley wizards have their way, autonomous trucks like the ones in logan could actually dominate North American roads and destroy the jobs of the nearly 4 million Americans who work as truck drivers. Such a transformation would coincide with other shifts underway before the Covid outbreak and supercharged by the West’s pandemic response.
The general tendency is to discipline, if not eradicate, the human element – especially where the human element might resist the world our elites seek to create. Lockdowns and business restrictions, for example, happened to target small businesses, but not the world’s Walmarts and Amazons. By contrast, workers in retail, service, and similar industries must literally obliterate themselves and stand apart from the people they serve. Ideally, trucking would be fully automated, but for now, truck drivers must be made to submit to the vaccination mandate.
Well, the last group doesn’t have it. In Canada, truckers have been seen and heard clamoring, assembling a mass convoy to Ottawa that appears to have sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into seclusion (he claims he has contracted Covid). Similar convoys are also rolling into the centers of power in Europe. This is as organic and peaceful and persuasive as working-class concerns can be, but as the Marxist writer Edwin Aponte notes bellowsthe professional and media left try their best to ignore the movement or portray it as “fascist” and “racist”.
These false and stupid accusations are ringing increasingly hollow as more and more people realize what is really at stake in the struggles of the Covid and post-Covid era: namely, the defense of the human element – man as a rational, political animal – that that global elites would seek to mask, mandate, automate and lift social distancing out of existence.
Honk for the Liberty Truckers.