Freddy Krueger and Government

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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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