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5 Destructive Ideas Matt Damon Devotes His Movies To Promoting

Elysium is only one 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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March 23, 2014 - 12:00 pm
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in August of 2013 as “The 5 Most Destructive Political Ideas in Matt Damon’s Movies.”  It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is completed in a few months… Click here to see the top 25 so far and to advocate for your favorites in the comments.

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.

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It's pretty amazing that so many of Matt Damon's movies bombed -- at least in part, I believe, due to their poisonous politics -- and yet he remains a star, able to command enormous salaries for his acting.
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I am second to no one in my contempt for Howard Zinn. But on clicking through the links, it looks like the survey -- described in the article as "[asking] historians to name “the least credible history book in print” -- was a survey of readers of the History News Network. Did I misread that, Mr. Boot, or is that what you meant by a historian? Again, this is meant not to defend Zinn but for the sake of accuracy.
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