The Dark Knight Rises and Occupy Wall Street
I had the opportunity to snag seats at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises this past Thursday night. I was hoping it would be a stunning ending to one of my favorite trilogies, ever. I wasn’t dissapointed, and I’ll try and refrain from spoilers for all of you who haven’t seen it before.
But seriously folks, stop reading my article and go see the movie, then come back.
Back into focus on the actual meaning of the film, I’ve come to the conclusion that The Dark Knight shows everyone in America the true result of a society bent on class warfare and ‘wealth redistribution.’ The message is simple: no one wins when you attempt to make everyone equal by force.
Case in point if you have seen the movie, you will remember a certain scene with Anne Hathaway. Anne Hathaway’s character of Selina Kyle (never outright called Catwoman), is in a room with one of her cat-burglar accomplices. In this scene, the two women are standing in a destroyed and abandoned apartment. Standing in disbelief, Kyle’s friend asks her what’s wrong. She responds: ”This used to be someone’s house.” Her friend quickly responds with what I remember to be, “It’s everyone’s house now.”
The connections to Communism and socialism are inescapable.
It’s critical to remember the quote, ”it’s everyone’s house now.” To put it simply: the destruction of the home is the result of class warfare on steroids, and it was the finished product of Bane’s revolution. It was the endgame of a revolution focused on combining all wealth, property and resources together for everyone, without law enforcement, instead of an organized system where an individual can succeed based upon the merit and success of their work.
Pooling everyone’s resources together and disbanding law enforcement are two common goals and hopes of the Occupy Wall Street “movement,” and socialists in America.
The main question I would like to pose is, what would happen if Occupy Wall Street took over America? I believe, we would see a similar outcome to the movie, or at least, that is my theory. We would see an anti-rich, ant- authority uprising that would target all in power in hopes of rebalancing the system in favor of forced equality. While this may sound appealing to some liberals, such a system simply does not work (see the French Revolution, for starters).
The main reason it cannot work is simple: when you take from the rich by force in hopes of giving to the poor, anyone and eventually everyone is deemed rich and therefore everyone loses. Eventually, as Margaret Thatcher said, you run out of other people’s money – and things.
When that occurs, total anarchy unfolds. And what happens a villian gains power, as we saw in the film. It doesn’t take a moron to realize that the villain in the movie, Bane, won the hearts of the common man by convincing them they had been punished by people of higher stature and therefore had been deceiving the people of Gotham. It does however, take someone with a constitutional worldview to realize the implications and results of what happens when class warfare fed anarchy unfolds. And total anarchy usually unfolds when class warfare is strongly incited.
Go see the film and decide for yourself.