AMERICA: THE RISE OF A HOLGRAPHIC EMPIRE, RED DAWN, EMOTIONAL CONTAGION, AND APOCALYPSE NOW
By Paul McGuire
July 7, 2014
In the classic scene from the epic movie Apocalypse Now,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola and written by Coppola and John Milius, actor Robert Duvall gives the order for an air strike which ignites a massive fireball blowing up several coastal islands during the Viet Nam war while classical music blasts over the film’s sound track. Coppola depicted the Viet Nam war from the psychedelic perspective of soldiers beyond the front lines with their minds altered by heroin, coke, and psychotropic drugs. Thus the movie goer experiences the Viet Nam war as a virtual reality psychedelic nightmare. [Must read book: Apocalypse Soon, out of print, only 30 books left in stock]
Ironically, John Milius, who wrote the screenplay with Copolla, was one of Hollywood’s few publicly identified conservatives at the time. Milius not only supported the military, but produced the 1984 film, Red Dawn, not to be confused with the politically correct remake made in 2012, which was edited to appease the new Chinese owners of the major studio that they had just purchased. Milius’ original “Red Dawn” was set in a kind of alternative 1980s where America is invaded by the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Nicaragua. In the backdrop of the movie the United States has offended its allies in NATO and European nations withdraw from their support of the U.S. and NATO, while Russia expands its influence, especially in the Ukraine. In the movie Mexico becomes a communist nation after an internal revolution.
With America distracted by its own problems, Russian paratroopers invade a small town in Colorado as part of a large scale invasion of the U.S. A small group of Colorado teenagers manage to get guns and lead a resistance to the Russian troop invasion. The Russian KGB has complete records of all gun sales made to every store and is sending soldiers to every home to arrest or kill citizens who possess firearms.
Red Dawn is interesting in the light of the fact of the growing tensions between the U.S. and NATO with Russia over the Ukraine situation, and the devaluation of the dollar. This week Vladimir Putin will tour Latin America and visit Cuba, Argentina, and Brazil. Cuba has already sided with Russia over the Ukraine and Russia agreed to write off 90 percent ($35 billion) of a Soviet-era debt which Cuba was expected to payback.