Monday, September 28, 2009

The Baader Meinhof Complex

In addition to having the most chillingly realistic recreation of police violence at a demonstration, The Baader Meinhof Complex chronicles what happens when violence is introduced as a viable component in maintaining and invigorating a worthy and noble ideology. It's not long before said ideology is at first influenced and then outright corrupted by violence. Of course, some would say it happens the minute it is introduced. A fine line indeed...

5 comments:

beatriz said...

"liberal alert"

the people with the guns always win...the seduction of violence seems unavoidable...but it isn't.The Baader Meinhof memebers were young, idealistic and ........what can we say and what will the written history of the "winners" of the war between workers and capitalists reveal ?

http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/paintings/photo_paintings/category.php?catID=56

Stan B. said...

Perhaps German history will be considerably more nuanced and revealing, but had it happened here, it would simply have been a one sentence conclusion like- the terrorists were no match for a freedom loving country.

beatriz said...

speaking of it happening "here"....kent state, the MOVE movement, the SDS assainationss, the stand-off of David Koresh in Tulsa....any serious resistance, or perceived resistance, is squashed...even the FBI's murder of the "tax rebellions" in Sandlake, Idaho.

Stan B. said...

Yup, emphasis on "perceived." And that's the proverbial tip of the iceberg...

I have my reservations about nut jobs like Koresh, and even MOVE, but when I found out (in the case of the former- and who knows what they did to the latter) that they fired on the back entrance so that no one could escape while it burnt down- that's some sick shit!

beatriz said...

yep! it isn't about agreement...it's about the "freedom loving country" myth.