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The 5 Most Destructive Political Ideas in Matt Damon’s Movies

Elysium is only the newest example of the cultural damage inflicted on America beyond the grave by Marxist historian Howard Zinn.

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John Boot

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August 9, 2013 - 1:00 pm

This week Matt Damon hits theaters with the thinly veiled, pro-amnesty sci-fi parable Elysium. It’s a movie in which struggling Latinos stranded on a wrecked planet Earth 150 years from now plot ways to steal citizenship on a utopian space station called Elysium where the richest and whitest people have fled. This is all nothing new for Damon, who has pushed a liberal political agenda many times before. Here are the five worst political ideas that have been central to his films.

5) The CIA is evil.

The 2006 film The Good Shepherd is loosely based on the early days of the OSS and the CIA, with Robert De Niro directing and playing a figure modeled on “Wild Bill” Donovan (the founder of the OSS, which became the CIA after World War II) and Damon starring as James Jesus Angleton, the CIA executive who befriended British turncoat Kim Philby.

The movie is a somber, depressing affair of a descent into darkness that amounts to a sort of Greatest Hits of anti-CIA liberals obsessed with such disappointments as the agency’s experiments with LSD and the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. Though few outside the liberal establishment can see the wisdom in letting the KGB go unanswered during the Cold War, the film portrays the CIA as fatally morally compromised — a kind of cancer on the whole idea of America.

4) Fracking is bad, or something.

Spoiler alert: Damon’s strange 2012 flop Promised Land came and went so quickly it hardly attracted any notice, but it deserves to be watched and ridiculed for its preposterous central conceit.

Damon, who co-wrote the script, plays a hard-nosed negotiator sent out by fracking companies to blend into rural areas and exploit gullible townsfolk into selling the rights to the land beneath their feet for far less than it’s actually worth. Despite his cheerleading for fracking, and his opposition to a Greenpeace type (John Krasinski) who schools the townsfolk (and the audience) with the urban legend that fracking causes drinking water to become flammable, the movie takes an utterly bizarre U-turn at the end, when it is revealed that (surprise!) Krasinski’s character is actually a double agent who is secretly working for the fracking companies and has been sent to make eco warriors look bad.

While it’s amusing to think that fracking opponents are so incompetent they’re actually doing more harm than good for their side, they actually aren’t a joke: they sometimes succeed in scaring up job-destroying fracking bans, such as in New York state, which could really use the economic boost in its western rural areas.

3) We were the bad guys in Iraq.

Perhaps Damon’s most viciously America-hating film is the indefensible 2010 mega-bomb Green Zone, one of Universal’s biggest-ever money-losers.

The movie’s operating myth is that nefarious Pentagon forces who wanted to stir up war in Iraq simply lied about the WMDs (when every major intelligence service including that of France, which opposed the Iraq invasion, believed Saddam Hussein was hiding the weapons). During the Iraq war, an evil Rumsfeldian type (played by Greg Kinnear in the film) even sends out assassination teams of U.S. troops to murder Iraqis to hide what he’s doing, risking setting off a civil war within Iraq that could potentially be even more costly in terms of life than the actual invasion.

The movie is set up so that you’re supposed to root for the noble Iraqis when they do battle with American soldiers portrayed as murderous thugs.

2) No, really, the U.S. is responsible for messing up the whole Mideast.

Damon plays an oilman with close ties to the U.S. government in 2005’s Syriana, in which a country meant to make us think of Saudi Arabia is portrayed as on the cusp of tremendous liberal reforms which, improbably, are opposed by oil companies and their lackeys inside the U.S. government.

U.S. forces actually assassinate the reforming prince — as if the U.S. wouldn’t love to see a liberal democracy in Saudi Arabia (and as if we didn’t expend considerable blood and treasure trying to achieve exactly that goal directly to Saudi Arabia’s north in Iraq). For one thing, if Saudi Arabia behaved like a normal, free-market-based country instead of as a repressive regime that props up OPEC, energy prices would plummet.

1) Howard Zinn was a truth-teller.

Matt Damon’s entire career rests on the Oscar-winning screenplay he and Ben Affleck wrote as starring vehicles for themselves, Good Will Hunting. Without it, both actors would have disappeared into the Hollywood digestive tract. A chance side comment Damon shamelessly threw into the movie as a plug for his favorite Marxist intellectual, though, turned out to be hugely influential. Few people who weren’t subscribers to The Nation had ever heard of Howard Zinn when Damon’s genius character said in the movie, “Read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. That book’ll knock you on your ass.”

That vile tract — which was recently runner-up in a survey that asked historians to name “the least credible history book in print” — has been a mammoth bestseller ever since, warping millions of young Americans and convincing them to view their homeland as a racist, sexist, genocidal machine for oppressing the poor. The book continues to poison the wells: When Purdue University president and former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels correctly suggested it wasn’t up to standards, the Left that dominates the educational establishment predictably went ballistic and cried censorship — as if universities now have a solemn duty to propagate a hideously distorted Pravda-level take on U.S. history.

John Boot is the pen name of a conservative writer operating under deep cover in the liberal media.

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I'm surprised Elysium isn't up there. Damon's recent actions regarding school demonstrates this. He condemns the proletariat to the ghetto public schools while his daughters join the rest of the hoi polloi bourgeoisie's children in private schools. Wasn't that the entire meme of his new movie? The rich distance themselves from the striving poor? Hypocrisy never reeked so badly.
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i disagree with you, paying money to see a Mad Matt movie is not something I will do, just like I won't pay to see Shawn Chavez Penn or Harryl Dannah, for without money they lose their platform. For whatever Hollywoods social goals might be, they most of all want to make money.
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Seems Damon forgot he is a top member of the Elysium club. I wonder when he's going to give his spot to someone else.

If you're going to be an idealist, be an honest one: Austrian turned British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein gave up on his part a rich inheritance from his industrialist father, and moved to Norway for years where he lived in cabin he built by his own hands. Waiting for Damon to similarly give away for good causes all that big money he made for being a mediocre actor.
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If Matt Damon makes so many movies that lose money, how is he still rich enough to send his kids to private school. You'd think his money would run out after a while.
1 year ago
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When he stops playing himself in film after film, let me know. Ditto for Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, and most Hollyweird actors. They're so busy bringing political enlightenment to the rest of us that they can't be bothered to be actors as opposed to costumed script readers.
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Somebody once had a wonderful description for this sort of selling-out: "he has sold his birthright for a pot of message".

No doubt Hollywood will continue to make awful films with awful political messages, and earn awfully little money in return.
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have you noticed that all modern day liberal actors must at one time play the GAY role, if not they will be shunned by Hollywood, it appears many go with the flow to be POLITICALLY Correct while living in Liberal land of Kindergarten Bliss
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Just wanted to see a movie on the Big Screen. Not much out there. Eluysium just another stupid movie that makes no sense. But like I said, just wanted to get out of the house and watch a movie. Sad that we have lost the art of making good movies. Now LINCOLN.....that was a good movie.
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I saw it too and spotted it right away as a pro amnesty movie.
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No no no -- you don't get it. Neill Blomkamp came from South Africa *after the ANC takeover*. This coming to the USA is his escape to Elysium, leaving behind a place that has been taken over by a corrupt ANC and massive migration from the rest of Africa.

Blomkamp is merely projecting his own escape from the ANC's (and Nelson Mandela's) South Africa onto the immigration debate in the USA.

So the current metaphor is that Elysium=USA, Refugees from Earth=Undocumented workers -- but in reality it is really about his escape from South Africa so that (Elysium=USA, Earth=South Africa).

Just like District 9, in which Blomkamp gives an uncannily real description of what occurred in 1994 when the ANC men took over after they were enabled by the Western Left and Swedish money...
1 year ago
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HIS NAME SHOULD BE MATT DEMON: THE WHOLE PREMISE OF SYRIANA IS A LIE.
Unravel the complex plot of Syriana and you'll find this: Saudi Arabia and Iran would be best friends (and share oil pipelines) if only the United States wasn't trying to force them apart.
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Nothing new here. George Orwell described Matt Damon perfectly in his 1936 book "The Road to Wigan Pier":

Take the question of imperialism, for instance. Every left-wing 'intellectual' is, as a matter of course, an anti-imperialist. He claims to be outside the empire-racket as automatically and self-righteously as he claims to be outside the class-racket.
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That is the attitude of the typical left-winger towards imperialism, and a thoroughly flabby, boneless attitude it is. For in the last resort, the only important question is. Do you want the British Empire to hold together or do you want it to disintegrate? And at the bottom of his heart no Englishman ... does want it to disintegrate. For, apart from any other consideration, the high standard of life we enjoy in England depends upon our keeping a tight hold on the Empire, particularly the tropical portions of it such as India and Africa. Under the capitalist system, in order that England may live in comparative comfort, a hundred million Indians must live on the verge of starvation--an evil state of affairs, but you acquiesce in it every time you step into a taxi or eat a plate of strawberries and cream. The alternative is to throw the Empire overboard and reduce England to a cold and unimportant little island where we should all have to work very hard and live mainly on herrings and potatoes. That is the very last thing that any left-winger wants. Yet the left-winger continues to feel that he has no moral responsibility for imperialism. He is perfectly ready to accept the products of Empire and to save his soul by sneering at the people who hold the Empire together.
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I just saw it and I think ya all got it wrong.

Spoiler alert:

The liberals win and create a future society that makes the entire Earth into Detroit. Obamacare is in full effect and as a result -- shock -- there is a shortage of doctors, medicine and advanced medical equipment.

The conservatives leave the Earth (kinda aka Atlas Shrugged) and build this magnificent Space Station with all the trappings of a productive and prosperous people -- replete with advanced medical technology.

Since they cannot build and create a similarly advanced and prosperous society, the liberals decide that they will take what they did not earn and ultimately (through violence and magic of course) heal everyone in the world -- especially the babies.

In a nutshell.
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And of course they don't bother to tell you that in a few years after they have overrun Elysium it won't look any different from earth that they left.
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He is such a tool, it will be sweet when he finally grows up and realizes how badly he has been used by the Marxists.

Useful idiots are such a waste of intelligence and passion.

Jenny Hatch
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Did Moore ever Grow up, Bill Ayes, Barbra S or Walters, Ophra, Chris Mathews, S Donalson or the billionaires who support Obama? No liberalism must be a disease and if issued as such by the CDC it would be at epidemic levels in the USA
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Is there some reason that all those suffering masses on Earth can't build their own Elysium, or clean up their own planet. Why is the answer to all their problems is to steal from others? This whole movie revolves around them having machines on the space station that can cure any illness. In modern times, have you ever had anyone, who discovered any medical treatment, who ever kept it to themselves? Look at some of these Islamic countries - we're trying to cure people who are trying to kill the health care workers.
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It is a common belief among liberals/progressives that the common people are too stupid, lazy or incompetent to do those things. They need their masters in charge of the plantation to keep it running.
1 year ago
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I'm surprised Elysium isn't up there. Damon's recent actions regarding school demonstrates this. He condemns the proletariat to the ghetto public schools while his daughters join the rest of the hoi polloi bourgeoisie's children in private schools. Wasn't that the entire meme of his new movie? The rich distance themselves from the striving poor? Hypocrisy never reeked so badly.
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