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How Conservatives Can Conquer Hollywood

The Walt Disney method of becoming a billionaire: depict the battle of Good Vs. Evil with innovative technology.

by
Dave Swindle

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March 4, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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Disney’s cartoons perpetually argued this theme — consider “Three Little Wolves” from 1936, in which the father wolf stands in for Hitler.¬†After the wolf clan has captured two of the pigs and they’re about to be stuffed into the oven to cook, the third “Practical Pig” rescues them with his new invention, an elaborate “Wolf Pacifier” machine.

On the superficial level this is all a lot of fun and laughs, but seen as a kind of cultural prophecy there’s an eeriness to it. Disney’s message was that superior technology defeats evil. And Harry Truman would prove him correct nine years later.

Turning 30 a month ago and thinking about the next decade of my life in the context of the past inevitably leads me back to thinking about my grandparents — 3 of 4 of whom are deceased now — when they were my age.

My father’s father was a pilot who flew in the Pacific during World War II. Among the ideas that he impressed on me was his belief that if Truman had not dropped the atom bombs he would not have survived the war.

So my whole family could be said to exist because a president had the moral clarity to use the technology America had developed. Is that a creepy thought to have?

Perhaps, but as I continue to read the news from our friends in Israel (alas, now through a Barry Rubin-shaped hole), it seems a necessary one to articulate. Superior technology and the will to use it means more families can live. Why can’t we find new ways to tell this story?

With appreciation and respect,

David Swindle

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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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The way to conquer Hollywood is to stop going to their damn movies.
36 weeks ago
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Excellent article with exactly the right "attitude". Let's not try to "fit in" with Hollywood, let's blow it up and do it right. Let's take the attitude Steve Jobs took when he had the ridiculous notion of taking the small market share computer company into the highly competitive cell phone market. He decided he could do it better and so he created a product that nobody was making with none of the features "conventional wisdom" said were absolute requirements. No physical keyboard, no carrier provided ring tones, no crazy low prices. He made what he thought would be good for people. I think that is what Dave is recommending here. An approach that provides a distinct undeniable alternative. Movies which relish moral clarity, not moral relativism.

And how about movies that reject the current "conventional wisdom" that terrible language is a requirement, and casual sex is also. Can writers of today create great drama and characters without profanity? Steve Jobs said "no tiny physical keyboard" against the history of the entire smartphone industry and the industry analysts laughed at it while the people voted with their dollars and now the entire industry has shifted to the quality vision Steve Jobs provided. Just like Walt Disney. Fearless innovators driven by a total commitment to quality.

Last - a comment about this line from the article - "The left has developed an election data tool called Catalist. The GOP has no functioning counterpart. This database allows leftist groups, the DNC, and the Obama campaign to activate the far left base in ways that were never before possible." The GOP does have a functioning counterpart to this. And it is a lot simpler. It is called Tea Party conservatism. American Freedom conservatism. 2010 brand Sarah Palin conservatism. Clear, honest, America loving, Constitution revering, freedom believing, small government advocating conservatism. When this solution is aggressively used, we turn out big numbers. But the "industry experts" of the GOP are as useless here as the idiots who told Steve Jobs to put a physical keyboard with the keys the size of pinheads on the iPhone. Steve was smart and he fired his version of the GOP Karl Rove, Steve Schmidt experts and he did what he knew in his heart was right. And he won and changed the world.

Thank you Dave for suggesting the Audacity of Believing in America. And trying to save it in Hollywood. I think this is a great idea.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Fabulous post. There does seem to be a dearth of creativity these days, relatively speaking, in Hollywood. It appears that wholesomeness & good intentions are woefully out of style in this modern era. I really do wonder if this trend will ever come to an ebb (can't imagine it ever ending, as we seem to have gone beyond the veritable level of "no return").
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Walt's "The Fifth Freedom".
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
I remember Steven Spielberg and George Lucas warning that a few successive big budget flops would radically alter the Hollywood business model. They suggested that this imminent implosion would be the end of Hollywood as we know it. Sounds like an opportunity to me!
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
So, conjecture like this is what you get when you legalize marijuana.
36 weeks ago
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Two things I find amazing in "Insultin' the Sultan": The very gay harem guards (eunuchs?) and how the sultan loses his beard and morphs into Gandhi. Was Mohandes Gandhi well known to American audiences in 1934?
37 weeks ago
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Certainly Ghandi was fairly well known to that part of the US populace with anti-British feeling. For someone who rejected almost every facet of Western culture, he was quite good at publicity.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
David: As a conservative producer/writer in Hollywood I can report that conservatives (the ones I've come across anyway) seem to have very little sense of how to cultivate and support new talent, or as a matter of filmmaking how to tell stories with imaginative complexity and style. As a group, they have not impressed me much with their artistic dynamism or even their interest in the human condition as expressed in art at all. I've found more interest in having conversations about how to produce radical, counter-narrative projects among liberals (not quite classic liberals, but not leftists either) than conservatives in Hollywood. Conservatives just enjoy talking and kvetching amongst themselves.
37 weeks ago
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rrpjr - you are quite correct sir! But if I may add they should help in getting these projects up, funded, & in production. This is a collaborative medium, it takes a team of people to create something worthwhile. Conservatives seem more interested in carping & caterwhauling about leftist dominance in Hollywood than actually getting active in doing anything about it. Roger L Simon had an excellent recent column on this. Having a project up now on indiegogo (can see it via www.marscherlordsfilm.com) and getting little or no support from the community. Am I surprised? Yes & No. Understand the economy is bad. Ok, then help spread the word; via word-of-mouth, tweet, FB postings, email, social media, etc. But Nothing. Just the usual "sounds like a great project. Good luck." And I come with a very credible production team: Emmy-winner & Academy Award & Grammy-nominated people. Even people here at PJ Media preach a good game, but do nothing. I call it the "Collective Ignore". If conservatives are going to complain about this subject anymore, they better be actively doing something about it (producing their own projects, etc) or they should just shut the hell up. With the revolution in technology it's never been easier to make your own film. To coin a well-known phrase, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." Message to conservatives: get active or get the hell outta the way.
37 weeks ago
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I think LOTR was a story, arguably an old fashioned good versus evil story - though it is much more than that, that was waiting a long time for someone creative enough to tell it.

I think there are gold mines of books waiting to be brought to the screen. The Foundation Trilogy, when it finally gets made, is going to have the same impact as LOTR and make as much money too. And it's a good parable for what's happening in our society right now.
37 weeks ago
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Can we make a movie from The End of Eternity instead? That's the book Asimov wrote when he started having second thoughts about the advisability of technocracy.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
I doubt the Foundation Trilogy would have anywhere near the same impact, with its premise that human culture can be shaped by wise sociologists. That's basically the Progressive mindset. It had a profound influence on Osama Bin Laden, though, who read it as a young man and then named his movement after it (Al Qaeda = The Foundation).
37 weeks ago
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Two thoughts for your consideration:

1. Want new technology? Start writing for gamers / simulations as a direct competitor for Hollywood.

2. In 2012, roughly 60 million voted for Obama. Roughly 60 million voted for Romney. And roughly 92 million chose to sit the election out. These include 4 million McCain / Palin voters who stayed home. Turn out an appreciable subset of that 92 million - as Nixon was able to do in 1972, Reagan in 1980 and 1984, and Bush 41 to a lesser extend in 1988, and you will win and win big. Let the dems turn out every dog, cat and dead person to vote, as their base is contracting as they abort themselves into oblivion.

Cheers -
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
Romney as a president was simply not worth the mayhem that a tight victory would have caused for people in the orbit of the inner cities - the specter of race riots had to be in the minds of some people, particularly in the swing states with appreciable black populations.
36 weeks ago
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Yeah, and for the 2012 elections, and to a lesser extent 2008, there's more than a little evidence pointing towards voter fraud causing Obama to win. Heck, I live in a voter ID state, and Romney won that state.
37 weeks ago
37 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think the fraud was a factor too. There wasn't a big uproar over it though, I believe, due to electing Our Historic First Black President. It'll be interesting to see how they will react to future instances of voter fraud.
36 weeks ago
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Well, that, and even if the RNC wanted to react to it, they were legally forced to look the other way with the passing of that law in 1982 and modified in 1987 as a result of a lawsuit regarding Republicans, in their zeal of fighting voter fraud, apparently violating the Civil Rights act by driving away minorities, and stated that any suppression of votes basically meant any attempt at investigating voter fraud.
36 weeks ago
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The game angle is right on. Folks my age and younger tend to play a lot of games... spend more time playing games than watching movies or TV even. Introducing concepts in games is a great way to get the ideas out to the young that they were never exposed to in school.

Game companies can be large or small - some games I've purchased were made buy a single developer. Surely some of our wealthy can invest a little in game development. - Hell, I'd do it, and might do it, if I can manage to get reliable income.
37 weeks ago
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Am I wrong, or was this what Peter Jackson was trying to invoke with the Elves heading for home?
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