Freddy Krueger and Government
by Ryan Bassett
by Ryan Bassett
The 1980’s are considered by many as the age of the "slasher flick". Horror fans flocked to the theaters and rented or purchased the films to indulge in morbid curiosity or perhaps simply engage in a little primordial bloodlust. This writer is no exception to the rule. In fact I ventured into and remained fascinated with the genre throughout my teen years. The passage of time found me chasing more productive pursuits. Horror films became largely little more than a fading memory.
Fast forward thirteen or so years. While searching for information related to the war on drugs and political feminism I happened upon a link to this site, LewRockwell.com. Its contents were, to my formally neoconservative mindset, radical, and in the eyes of some, even heretical in relation to the questioning of US government policies in both the domestic and foreign arenas. Little was I aware at the time just how profound the change in not only what but how I perceived the world and the socio-political and economic aspects which effect the actions of all individuals and groups. My original investigation of this site was just before the Bush administration’s illegal invasion of Iraq. Needless to say the information provided by this site and Mises.org profoundly changed not only my views to the government’s invasion of Iraq but its entire approach to foreign policy stretching back to the McKinley administration.
As one might imagine an enormous amount of reading on my part (creating the permanent roadmap-look in my eyes) was required in an effort to fully understand the economic and political causes and effects war and an interventionist foreign policy have on the invaded as well as the invader. It is interesting that I eventually came to the conclusion that one war always manages to breed another, exponentially proliferating with the increase of interventions required to "fix" the mistakes of the previous one.
The politicians for their part appear all too satisfied to toss aside the lives and liberties of Americans as well as foreigners for their politico-economic ambitions. Their actions typically belie their proclamations, later bringing denial of wrongdoing or acknowledgement of responsibility on their part to the actions in question. In this case the Bush administration appears to hold little sympathy, if any, for the enormous amount of murder and mayhem they have managed to create in Iraq (they look poised to spread this horror show across the Middle East). It is as if those holding the wheels of power view themselves as God, as only they appear worthy to take the lives and property of individuals who have committed no sin against them (protestations to the contrary).
This brings me to the original intention of the article.
Recently I tuned in to watch some television, a now rare event given the greater importance I now place on studying economics and history. With my computer in the process of being replaced and coming down with a cold I began flipping the channels, eventually settling on a film I hadn’t seen since my teenage years, A Nightmare on Elm Street.
As the film played out a certain segment caught my special attention. Tina (Amanda Wyss), apparently dreaming at this point in the film, ventured out of her house inspired by a strange voice calling her name. At one point she became startled at the sound of a trashcan lid rolling in behind her. Already shaken, Tina quickly turned her head in the opposite direction to see the shadow of Freddy Krueger approaching her. As Freddy approached his next victim, scrapping his finger-knives against the wall and gleefully chuckling, Tina pleaded, "Please God!"
Now it is Freddy’s response that caught my attention, a line that had faded from my mind after so many years of not viewing the film.
"This….is God!", Krueger arrogantly responded as he brandished his tool of murder.
As we’re all aware, Freddy proceeded to murder Tina out of sheer sadistic pleasure and of course, so the story goes, for revenge. Apparently the parents of previous victims had killed Freddy in a fire after he had been released on a technicality. Unfortunately for his future victims this would not be the end of Freddy Krueger.
Krueger’s statement of referring to his weapon of choice as God is an obvious suggestion that "might makes right"; a "I do it because I can" attitude, if you will. Combine this with another revelation we discover in future sequels of the film; e.g. Freddy obtains the souls of the children he murders, thus giving him "strength".
The state holds a very similar if not identical belief. Lew Rockwell, while being interviewed by Karen Kwiatkowski on American Forum some time back, described the state as follows:
"…it’s the gun to your head, the electric chair, the hangman..."
In other words:
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." ~ George Washington
If one fails to pay taxes, obey erroneous laws, submit to a military draft, and so forth government claims the right to send its enforcement agents in order to force compliance upon the recipient. The individuals sent to enforce government’s will, typically policemen dressed, trained, and armed along the lines of professional military soldiers (thus making war on civilians rather than simple policing), are authorized to arrest, injure or even potentially murder an individual on the basis of a government statute regardless of the moral and practical validity of the law.
Government’s approach to foreign policy is even more vicious than on the domestic front. It invades foreign peoples based on erroneous proclamations while subjecting "the enemy" (i.e. the civilian population) to bombings, gassing, "sweeps" and other forms of terrorism.
If (for the sake of argument) Freddy Krueger were Muslim, he would very likely (and quite justifiably) be labeled a terrorist. However, when the state commits acts along a similar vein, though on a significantly more masses scale, it is called foreign policy. The latter’s victims are dismissed simply as "collateral damage", as if this phrase justifies such atrocious acts.
It appears to this writer that Freddy Krueger and government have quite a bit in common. Both believe in a "might-makes-right" policy while neither care for the deaths they cause nor for the misery they generate in the process of their actions.
Worse yet the Christians, while eagerly desiring the banning of say heavy metal or rap music, the censorship of films, or the prohibition of pornography, are still all too willing to justify the murder of hundreds of thousands in the name of God! In doing so they enlist the state apparatus to enforce their beliefs (an end-times doomsday scenario for example) at gunpoint in order to achieve their stated goals. It is a complete mystery to me as to why so many Christians are willing to endorse the acts of a real and living Freddy Krueger (government) in real life while condemning those who watch the fictional story portrayed on the screen.
Unfortunately for the individual, the politician is at best a well-intentioned fool and at worst a sadistic criminal.
Whether Christian or otherwise, do we really desire to hang our hats on those operating such a destructive and chaotic institution?
[Note: The article wasn’t written with the naïve intention of vainly searching for anti-government or antiwar ideas within the film but rather to acknowledge the simple observation that both a character like Freddy Krueger and the Government believe themselves to be the rightful arbiters of life and death, to take it away as they see fit and at their pleasure.]
October 30, 2006
Ryan Bassett [send him mail] resides in Georgia.
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