Bane on the ballot

And he has a “D” after his name.

In Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film, “The Dark Knight Rises,” Bane the mercenary revolutionary emerges from the shadows after Gotham City has been at peace for eight years with a clear agenda: Destroy Gotham. He cannot abide seeing Gotham thrive.

A master of psychology and deception, Bane does not just ride into town with an army of evil henchmen. He does do that, and he even robs Gotham’s Wall Street, but mere financial gain is not his motive. He wants to turn Gotham inside out so that it devours itself, discrediting everything Gotham once stood for in the process.

Bane cloaks himself in the enticing language of social justice: “We come here not as conquerors but as liberators, to return control of this city to the people.”

He says this after commandeering a football stadium full of terrified citizens he is “liberating” from their freedom, after he has already murdered the mayor: one noble-sounding sentence in a paragraph of threats. He intends to liberate nothing, and destroy everything. He knows the language of social justice will fool enough gullible people long enough to keep them from stopping him.

Social justice language is powerful because it tugs at our human desire for fairness. It’s also a terrible lie. Selina Kyle—Catwoman—is initially won over by Bane’s tricks. At a lavish Wayne Manor party at the beginning of the film, Kyle tells billionaire Bruce Wayne whose side she is on. “There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne,” she says seductively. “You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

Kyle could have been a speechwriter for the Democratic Party. So could Bane. They both sound like a pastiche of Antifa, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and socialist Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic primary battle but has won the ideological war for the party’s soul.

Shhhyeah, right. Like that coven of Commie bloodsuckers has a soul.

1 thought on “Bane on the ballot

  1. In 1986 The trenches of Wall Street was filled with Randians, who wanted to end the James Taggart run businesses by buying them, stripping them of their socialist management and bloated balance sheets and then reselling them to real investors at a huge profit.
    The Movie WALL STREET tried to show them as Evil.
    In 1989 I joined a trading desk designed to do the same thing for foreign governments. Take bloated bank debt balance sheets and restructure the debt so as to make foreign socialist countries to fix their governments to become more capitalist and be able to repay the debt after huge writeoffs. We made huge fortunes in aggregate.
    Year after year and region after region as Socialism died and governments needed access to real capital markets as they became capitalist, we made fortunes helping them while they cleaned up their act.

    Is that wrong?
    It worked great un till I met a Dem in HK who ran the group but went from Randian to Dem asshoe propping up China it made my stomach churn.
    I tried reporting him through back door channels but the Bank had been taken over by Collectivists and all the Randians were gone.
    It was a troubled time for me. I am glad I left now.

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