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Tougher Than HYDRA

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Stephen McDonald


June 21, 2014 - 6:37 am
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In the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, HYDRA is the science wing of the Nazi SS during World War II. Almost 70 years after the war’s conclusion, the organization lives on as a secret society whose acolytes include many defense personnel, government bureaucrats and politicians. With the American defense agency S.H.I.E.L.D. now controlled by HYDRA, they plan to launch a preemptive strike on the global public, killing 20 million people identified by data mining and NSA-style panopticon surveillance as potential dangers to world order.

(Their vision, in other words, is to make sure everything goes on largely as it has been. Hard to think of a more damning comment on America’s status quo.)

Much as I otherwise enjoyed the movie, using HYDRA to explain S.H.I.E.L.D.’s corruption was lazy. We have recent examples to illustrate that it doesn’t take a secret society to corrupt the State.

For instance, it’s not like Lois Lerner and her fellow Obamatons whispered some leftoid equivalent of “Hail HYDRA” in one another’s ears as they hatched the plan to use the IRS to target conservatives. (If they did, it would be something alliterative and collectivist, yet also alternative lifestyle-positive. “Masturbate Marx”, perhaps.) Instead, they all simply shared the same understanding–the same conceptual metaphor–of their political adversaries. Some variation of “conservatives are evil”, evil in this case being a noun rather than an adjective.

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When I heard the line about HYDRA taking 70 years to take over SHIELD, my first thought was that this was like the long march of Communism through our government and institutions. My next thought was to wonder how the producers got such an obvious parallel to Soviet infiltration past the Hollywood mafia. Once you strip away the genocide doctrine, as HYDRA did from Nazism, you are left with Marxism. That is, the central planners know what's best for you.
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Don't know about you but I've *always* thought of The Left as Evil.
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It seemed to me, especially after the elaboration from Agents of SHIELD, that HYDRA worked in the US (as the reveal about Senator Stern revealed, it wasn't just SHIELD) basically as an organic conspiracy given definite form. The HYDRA remnants seemed to steadily find people who shared their worldview and picked them to serve as HYDRA. The ideals HYDRA held were not exclusive to its members, its members just organized under them.
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