Saturday, August 18, 2007

Alan Moore interview

The folks at Infoshop News have posted a very thoughtful conversation with comic book author and anarchist Alan Moore. The entire interview is worth reading, but to whet your Libertarian Left appetites, here’s a short bit from Moore about why he separated himself from the Wachowskis’ 2006 movie version of his extraordinary graphic novel V for Vendetta:

“What had originally been a straightforward battle of ideas between anarchy and fascism had been turned into a kind of ham-fisted parable of 9-11 and the war against terror, in which the words anarchy and fascism appear nowhere. I mean, at the time I was thinking: look, if they wanted to protest about George Bush and the way that American society is going since 9-11 — which would be completely understandable — then why don’t they do what I did back in the 1980s when I didn’t like the way that England was going under Margaret Thatcher, which is to do a story in my own country, that was clearly about events that were happening right then in my own country, and kind of make it obvious that that’s what you’re talking about. It struck me that for Hollywood to make V for Vendetta, it was a way for thwarted and impotent American liberals to feel that they were making some kind of statement about how pissed off they were with the current situation without really risking anything. It’s all set in England, which I think that probably, in most American eyes, is kind of a fairytale kingdom where we still perhaps still have giants. It doesn’t really exist; it might as well be in the Land of Oz for most Americans. So you can set your political parable in this fantasy environment called England, and then you can vent your spleen against George Bush and the neo-conservatives. Those were my feelings, and I must admit those are completely based upon not having seen the film even once, but having read a certain amount of the screenplay. That was enough.”

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3 Comments:

At 4:24 AM, Blogger B.W. Richardson said...

A way cool interview! Thanks for posting the link!!

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger vendo said...

In my 20+ year old copy of "V", Alan Moore has an essay in the back entitled "Behind the Painted Smile". In it he states:

"Starting with the assumption that the Conservatives would obviously lose the 1983 elections, I began to work out a future based upon the Labour Party gaining power, removing all American missiles from British soil and thus preventing Britain from becoming a major target in the event of a nuclear war. With disturbingly little difficulty it was easy for me to plot the course from that point up until the Fascist takeover in the post-holocaust Britain of the 1990's."

It appears to me that he is saying that a liberal government would be more likely to lead to fascism.

I completely agree with him that a major stumbling point is that the eternal conflict between anarchy(individualism) and fascism(collectivism) is written out of the movie.

 
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