Rollerball shows us one aspect of America, and a possible future

Summary:  The Arts show us visions of the future. Some bright, some dark. Here we look at Rollerball (1975), one of the most powerful films of that decade, a reminder of when Hollywood made more than cartoons. These visions  can help to shock us our complacency, our unthinking confidence that things will work out for the best.

This is America, designed to keep us feeling isolated and weak

“The game was created to demonstrate the futility of individual effort. And the game must do its work.”

Rightly so. Reform becomes possible only when we learn that we are strong when we stand together, tightly grasping reality — seeing through the

Before we start: ladies and gentlemen, our Corporate Anthem

A suitable ceremony for a nation where so many put their loyalty to their corporation ahead of that to their nation and fellow citizens.

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A history lesson about a possible future for America

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“Nations are bankrupt, corporate wars are a thing of the past. Now we are making decisions on a global basis. Corporate society takes care of everything. All it asks of anyone, all it has EVER asked of anyone, EVER, is not to interfere with management decisions. You must know, Jonathon, all decisions concerning you are for your own good.”

For More Information

(a)  Other Visions of the future:

(b)  Other posts about movies:

  1. Does the Tea Party movement remind you of the movie “Meet John Doe”? , 27 January 2010
  2. About the movie “Fight Club”, 28 March 2010
  3. Robocop is not a good role model for the youth of Detroit, 12 March 2011
  4. We want heroes, not leaders. When that changes it will become possible to reform America., 11 January 2013
  5. Loki helps us to see our true selves, 15 May 2013
  6. My movie recommendation for 2010: Vitual JFK (the book is also great), 30 June 2013
  7. Hollywood’s dream machine gives us the Leader we yearn for, 30 June 2013

Watch the full movie

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