Est. May 2008

14 July, 2013

Zombies in Chicago

Eugene Kane, Milwaukee’s resident ‘everything’s-about-race’ guy, had a column in the Journal Sentinel today where he compares the zombie movie and book genre with the ‘recent outbreak of deadly handgun violence in Chicago’, wherein 72 people were shot (12 killed) over the 4-day Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.

He makes the typical ProgLibDem call for stricter gun control (because, you know, it’s worked out so well for Chicago so far), the typical insinuation that these killers are actually victims whom we ought to feel sympathy for, and then writes:
Where my theory goes awry is that when zombies attack in the movies, government responds in an extreme fashion, leaving nothing to chance. The living survivors of the zombie plague are protected by police and the military and herded into safe zones while officials look for effective ways to counter-attack the marauding hordes.

In other words, everybody takes zombies seriously because they realize if the enemy isn't dealt with immediately, all could be lost. That's in stark contrast to the apparent apathy from society when 72 people are shot over four days in a large American city and nobody seems to have a plan for how to control things.

I bet if more government officials felt gun violence in the inner city was a disease in danger of spreading to other areas, they would create a plan.
In three paragraphs Mr. Kane’s thesis seems to be this: let the government handle everything.  Yet anybody familiar with zombie-lit and zombie-film realizes that in the vast majority of those books and films, the governments are the first things to go south.  Walking Dead, the Resident Evil movies, the Day/Dawn/Night/Mid-afternoon/Whatever-period-of-time-you-want of the Dead films…in each and every one of them, there is no government beyond, perhaps, small village and town governments.  Zombie novels are similar – the government is toast, it’s time to fend for yourselves.

Only in the book World War Z (I haven’t seen the movie – I’ll wait ‘till it’s $10 in the big bin at the local big-box store to get it and see it) do governments seem to play a role, and as far as Mr. Kane’s ‘government responds in an extreme fashion’ idea, it’s shown to be little more than a failure – the Battle of Yonkers comes to mind.  Those governments which survive the ‘plague’ end up spending the better amount of time just trying to put themselves back on their feet – they haven’t got time to help out Dick and Jane until they’ve repaired themselves.

The overall theme of the zombie-apocalypse genre is ‘what happens when society goes to pot and there’s no real law; what happens when people have to fend for themselves?’  Yet Mr. Kane sees the genre as ‘wait for the government; they’ll help you out’.

And what happens when the government itself is the source of the ‘zombification’ disease?  Sure, there’ve been stories like that – the ‘evil government lab’ makes a drug or whatever that infects people and turns them into zombies – those zombies bite others and pretty soon, whoosh, you’ve got a zombie plague (like the Mark Tufo zombie collection).  That scenario seems much more in keeping with the current ‘zombification’ we’re seeing, as the government ‘zombifies’ people with welfare programs which look pretty much designed to keep people on the dole, thus sucking their work-ethic right out of them and making them dependent on the government – or call it ‘Vector Zero’, if you will, for the zombification ‘virus’.

ProgLibDems like Mr. Kane would have us turn to Vector Zero (erm, the government … sorry) to save us from our problems; all that does is keep our lips attached to the pipe which feeds us the ‘zombification virus’ of welfare dependency.  What we need to do is tear ourselves off the teat and become human again.

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