I watched V for Vendetta last night, and I had completely forgotten about the false flag epidemic plot element. The conspiracist community must be having a field day with that lol

COVID conspiracism 

And what amuses me most about that is that the same people who think the coronavirus is an engineered bio-weapon are the ones saying we should allow it to spread uncontrolled through the population.

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Fascism 

One thing I did remember about the movie, and which I think stands out even more now, is how shallow its conception of fascism is. Once the leader and his lieutenant are taken out, the military just lay down their weapons and everything goes back to normal. As if the regime wouldn't have spent their 15 years in power purging the ranks of the military of everything but true believers, and society at large of all significant political opposition.

Fascism 

@hyperlinkyourheart it's been a while since I read the book, but IIRC that's one of the (many) things it handles a lot better

Fascism 

@technomancy I was curious about that actually (I haven't read it), so good to hear, thanks

Fascism 

@hyperlinkyourheart Not a mistake the comic makes, on the whole - it’s explicitly anarchist, and if it’s still a bit facile and optimistic then there’s a least an acknowledgement that the real work begins after the story ends.

Fascism 

@ghost_bird I was curious about that actually (I haven't read it), so good to hear, thanks

Fascism 

@hyperlinkyourheart It’s not perfect by any means - not least because the first half is early work with the second half written much later - but worth a look.

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