I shouldn’t write topically, being a serious procrastinator, but another “Planet of the Apes” movie came out this summer.
The original series came out on TV when I was in grade school. Kids love talking monkeys- a relic of my earlier childhood was the talking chimp show “Lancelot Link”- so everybody thought it was the coolest thing ever. The political message didn’t make an impression, beyond maybe a little the environmentalist/anti-nuclear angle.
I guess grownups like talking monkeys too, because they made another POTA movie in around 2002, with Mark Wahlberg as the astronaut, but I guess it didn’t do well enough to motivate another series. They tried again a few years ago, dropping the astronaut/time travel angle, making use of recent CGI technology, and using modern science as a plot motivator.
Progressives having gotten less subtle over the years, you could tell just from the advertising it was a black power movie. Apes on horseback in the forest with assault rifles! Real Third World revolutionaries! A TV ad had a couple of dumb blue-collar white guys with assault rifles approached by an ape. The ape engages in various antics to amuse them and get their guard down, then grabs a gun and wastes them.
That kind of sums up the whole attitude of progressives and their non-white goons. “You better watch out, whitey! Because we gonna rise up! You think we just yo clowns, we just be foos, but we gonna get our shit together and rise up!” (My apologies for the poor attempt at Ebonics.)
We are grimly assured that while the non-white masses may be poor, fat, slovenly, unlettered, childish, and mostly occupied with various foolishness now, that any day now they will develop consciousness, organize themselves and rise up against their evil oppressors, who as we can see are dumb blue-collar white guys. To prevent this we must give them education, and health care, and lots of other benefits so they won’t hate us and slit our throats while we sleep.
We’ve been waiting on the revolution for all the post-colonialist era, which could be said to start at the end of World War I, and we’re still waiting. Communist revolutions have been started by middle-class intellectuals and terrorists. Indigenous takeovers in Africa came when the colonial governments left of their own accord. In Rhodesia and South Africa whites resisted longer, with more violence from native blacks, but mostly surrendered due to shaming from other whites.
The closest the world actually came to this was in Central America, in El Salvador and Guatemala. The civil wars there are thought of as communist insurgencies, but I think are better thought of as Indian rebellions. The Guatemalan was a particularly bloody affair, lasting for decades and costing 300,000 lives. And yet even in this case it didn’t succeed, and the Guatemalan peasant mostly deals with his want by heading to the US.
What black leftists in the US call “revolution” is mostly at its worst a couple of nights of looting and burning. Immigrant shopkeepers suffer but the system is not threatened. And why should it be, and why should blacks threaten it? The Great White Father in Washington keeps the EBT card charged up.
The local system, primarily responsible for basic order and security, reacts flexibly. Speeches are made, police go to sensitivity training, and people who don’t like the chaos pick up and move a few miles. But the “black undertow”, as Paul Kersey calls it, is like Hawaiian lava. It moves very, very slowly, and while it will burn you to a crisp if you stay still, it is easy to avoid if you aren’t asleep.
And so nothing will ever change. Lower-class white people are aggravated by having to move when lower-class blacks show up in the neighborhood, but nobody important is ever put out. There is a certain socio-economic level of neighborhood where you can buy a house and be sure the black undertow will never arrive. (Middle-class blacks prefer these neighborhoods also, when they can afford them.)
The revolution that is always coming, but never arriving, seems to be a basic fixture of progressivism. Human nature seems to be a constant that does not change in the way progressives tell us it does.
There isn’t going to be any revolution, at least not the kind we are promised.