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SEEDS OF CAPITALIST DESTRUCTION IN MAD MAX

Published On July 3, 2015 | By Emily McArthur

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of many retreads of 1980s action movies. It’s the fourth installment in George Miller’s Mad Max series about a post-apocalyptic patriarchal world starved for water, petroleum and bullets. But it’s also part of a recent trend of Hollywood hits, like Elysium and theHunger Games trilogy, that weave science fiction thrills out of today’s struggles against the injustices of capitalism.

The barbaric future of Mad Max: Fury Road is a depiction of scarcity towards which today’s ruling class is dragging the world. It makes a high-octane, two-hour battle out of the struggle of our lives for a livable, equitable planet. It is as though the crises of capitalism we hope to avoid are shown in the extreme through the effects of warfare on the environment, and the writhing, diseased, and dispossessed masses.

Image: Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures

Other action movies, including the previous Mad Max iterations, tend to focus on raw masculinity and horsepower. This installment, on the other hand, pivots on women collectively rising up to defy their oppressors and is one of the few action movies that pass the Bechdel test. The “wives” of Immortan Joe, the movie’s main villain, evoke a vision of resistance to patriarchal control with their parting messages scrawled across their former prison– “Our children will not be warlords,” “We are not things” and “Who killed the world?” While most action films celebrate a single hero whose rugged individualism saves the day, the heroes of this movie only succeed as they learn to work together, valuing all members of their team.

The barren landscape of the post-apocalyptic world ofMad Max (Image: Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures)

These themes of struggle resonate with audiences because they live in an unnecessarily brutal world where starvation and suffering is the reality for masses of people while they toil and fill the coffers of the 1%. Many protest movements have gained momentum globally in the last few years, and this film captures that spirit. It depicts generalized misery for the majority while control over the resources is in the hands of a few. And it depicts the struggle against that reality.

In Mad Max, warlords have had free reign to “kill the world” by producing a society stripped down to naked brutality and the glorification of death and destruction is the ultimate, devastating outcome of a world that reduces the utility of its citizens to their ability to die or breed for their leader.

Access to Water = Power

The warlord’s hoarded supply of water (Image: Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures)

From his Citadel, Immortan Joe has renamed water to “Aqua Cola”. He stands on high, releasing insufficient amounts of clean water to a scrappy crowd of dispossessed and disfigured citizens. It is a painful echo of the real world where 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water. Struggles in recent years in the Amazon against Nestle’s privatization of water and in India against Coca-Cola’s pollution and destruction of an entire aquifer give a real life echo of Immortan Joe’s Aqua Cola monopoly.

Though we do not have something so apparent as a crazed mad man with his hand on the only lever for clean drinking water, we have seen the chaotic results of distributing water according to private profit. Thousands of residents in Baltimore and Detroit have had their access to water shut off for small bills of less than $150.00 while businesses who owe millions have the political sway to keep their taps flowing.

Image: Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures

A majority of people in the Mad Max universe don’t live to experience old age. Aside from the “mothers” shown connected to milking pumps like chattel, the only characters who appear to have lived past their youth are the three main warlords. These three men are given intimate camera close-ups to reveal their pollutant ravaged bodies riddled with deformities. Even the young, able bodied “War Boys” are shown to have tumors along their endocrine centers. The radiated, heavy metal landscape and air filled with the belches of their high-octane war rigs is slowly killing even the most powerful characters in the film. Again, as in the real world, this allegorical ruling class has access to healthcare, here blood transfusions and oxygen tanks, to help them overcome the environmental destruction they have wrought on the entire population.

Radical Conclusions

Image: Warner Bros. / Village Roadshow Pictures

So what, aside from a pulse-exciting car chase critique of patriarchal domination and ruin can be gleaned from a film like Mad Max? In a pivotal moment, the heroes, weary from battle, consider fleeing over unending salt flats in the desperate hope of finding water and greenery to start a new life. Instead, they steel their wills to return to Immortan Joe’s Citadel and seize the water and greenery the warlords have been hoarding the whole time. Today’s struggle for a better world similarly cannot be achieved by fleeing from society. It requires a reorganization of the world as it exists. And this is how a better world must be fought for: by uniting all those who toil under this system, the working class, and using our collective power to seize the infrastructure and resources from the ruling class and organize production and distribution based on need.

Of course Mad Max is a summer action blockbuster, not a socialist or feminist propaganda piece. But it is a distillation of many rational fears held by the population in the face of endless imperialist wars for oil and impending environmental destruction. It’s a powerful allegory for the international unity necessary to overthrow the yoke of capitalist oppression and exploitation.

http://www.socialistalternative.org/2015/07/03/seeds-capitalist-destruction-mad-max/

Out of the Woods

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by ExCBadWolf, theblackshrimp

When Prince Dean of Winchester meets Castiel, the Duke of their rival kingdom, Elysium, while on the hunt for a common enemy, they think nothing of each other. It’s only when they get lost in the woods together that they find more in each other than they ever imagined.

Words: 1372, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English



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New Elysium - ​Celldweller

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Denel PAW-20 “neopup” The PAW-20 is a hand-held, semi-automatic grenade launcher that fires a 20 mm point detonating round. It holds up to seven rounds in a conventional box magazine, with an effective range of 300–400 meters. It was designed mainly as an anti-personnel grenade launcher for use against opposition closely grouped together or behind light cover. However, it is also compatible with less-than-lethal ammunition. The PAW-20 is in direct competition with the more complicated and expensive joint American-German XM25 CDTE. The PAW-20 has attracted some criticism due to the location of the ejection port; these allegations have largely been proven false, as the spent casings are ejected no closer to the operator’s face than in a conventional assault rifle being fired from the left hand. Due to the unique location of the pistol grip on the side of the weapon, it can be fired from the left shoulder for a right-handed operator by simply placing the butt on the left shoulder, with no hand swapping necessary. This allows the user the advantage of being able to fire from around or under cover, with little time required to change the grip on the weapon. The right-handed location of the pistol grip also allows the weapon to recoil unimpeded into the shoulder of the operator, allowing for a much more manageable recoil than most weapons of this class.

Second batch of sketches that I colored for eu-lette‘s Donation Stream.
It made a lot of fun and I tried out some different ways to color the eyes. xD
Tomorrow I will do the third batch, because I won’t make it in time today.

All characters belong to their owners.
Top left girl is (maybe) finalelysium and the yellow cat is my Pikunamon.

I’m doing coloring commissions.
So if you have some sketches/Linearts lying around you wanna see colored, check out my Commission Sheet.

Mothers of The Seven
  • I have this head canon that Nico sometimes visited Sally when he needed someone to talk to or just sit with and those visits were strictly confidential and Sally would make him a mug of hot chocolate and they would just it quietly eventually Nico leaving or falling asleep and Sally would tuck him in and kiss him like she kisses Percy goodnight (because Percy is a total mama’s boy we know that). Nico leaves before anyone wakes up in the morning
  • Sally Jackson enters Elysium and is summoned by Hades who gives her a polite briefing because although Percy Jackson isn’t his favourite nephew Sally did take care of Nico in place of his own mother especially after Bianca died and when The Seven came back with Nico (and Reyna) she made sure to take even more care of him because now he didn’t reject affection and closeness like he used to. (She became a mom to all the Seven and Reyna not just Nico)
  • Hades gives her a very gruff and quiet Thank you but Sally hears it and accepts it.
  • Once Sally enters Elysium she is met by Maria di Angelo, Emily Zhang and Esperanza Valdez. They all can’t understand how to show their gratitude  but Sally doesn’t need the words their expressions are enough.
  • When they come across Beryl Grace (now back to her normal self) she has tears in her eyes and thanks Sally for being a person Thalia and Jason could talk to and giving them love and affection because she couldn’t and Jason’s upbringing didn’t leave a lot of room for motherly affection.
  • Sally only replies by saying they (meaning The Seven + Nico and Reyna) were Percy’s cousins and so they were her family and she only did what she knew the rest of them would have done and what any mother would have done.
  • They all become fast friends and I like to imagine they sit and talk over tea and cake sabout their children’s adventures and how they nearly gave every single one of them cardiac arrest multiple times

I’m sorry its so horrible. I certainly think i could have done better but they say writing is a learning process

Elysium City Ver 0.16 (Demo version)

Elysium City 0.16

I added a couple new areas and removed some bugs(while probably adding new ones). I’ve also tried adding some gameplay changes that hopefuly makes it more interesting.

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Things I will try to implement in future updates:

A more fleshed out story/world.

Creating your own tools via workbench: with this I hope to make it more fangame-like where you explore the world to find materials to create your own tools(effects) to progress through the world.

A better menu system to differentiate between regular items and tools(effects)

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I hope you enjoy it!

Please contact me if you find any bugs/typos, have problems playing, or want to leave feedback.

I feel like I’ve drawn something like this before. I remember when I was a kid I had posters and stickers of Sailor Moon that I’d copy. I also remember this arc being my favourite because there was not only a pegasus but a unicorn and a hot guy all rolled in one!

Also the looking into people’s dreams thing was legit scary to me. Even as a child it really really looked to me the Amazon Trio were violating some serious personal space there.