So, me and dad went to see “The spirit of ‘45” tonight, a movie about England after WW2. A black and white documentary, how’s that for artsy? It was about how Britain was able to flourish after the war due to unionizing and nationalization of “industries” such as medical care, railways, housing and so forth. What this did for the working class, how people who died of poverty were now able to live in a proper house and have a job and not starve to death. Things that before that was a luxury and a privilege, things that are starting to once again get a higher status.
The film also showed how things started to change once again once Margaret Thatcher was elected. Unemployment sky-rocketed, NHS became less affordable, privatization of the welfare state etc. I know that all documentary films are angled to get their message through, and it is always problematic to romanticize the past. A lot of things that we did in the '40s could be done better today, and politics are never black and white. But the way society is today is so fucked up.
It’s unreasonable that we should have a fraction of the world’s population who exploit all it’s resources, that some of us have a ridiculous amount of material wealth while some us starve to death. I think all of us could agree on this, however some people choose to not care because they are already at the top of the hierarchy, and they are scared to lose their financial wealth, their fake sense of happiness. The truth is that real happiness can’t be bought (and no, that is not something people who don’t know where to shop tell themselves).
I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot lately, so I probably will be posting a bit more about this stuff later on. Sorry for rambling on and being clutter-minded, I’m trying to sort out my tangled mind and be sense-making.
Btw, Margaret Thatcher reminded me of a certain Defense Against Dark the Dark Arts professor clad in pink…
Here’s an interview I did with Ken Loach for Buzz earlier this year. We chatted about his new documentary, The Spirit of ‘45, which is now out on DVD. The original mag’s still online – you can read it here.
Rules: Tag 10 people you want to get to know better.
Birthday: September 24
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Light red
Relationship Status: Single af
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Siblings: I have a younger sister and brother
Pets: I have 500 dogs in spirit but only 100 stuff animals currently
Wake Up Times: 6:45 for school, 9 for summer
Lemonade or Sweet Tea: Lemonade
Cats or Dogs: Both
Night or Day: Night
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Text or Call: Text. Calling people is of the devil
Met a celebrity: I’ve met Karen Gillan, Matt Smith, and Jenna Coleman.
Smile or Eyes: Eyes
Chapstick or Lipstick: Chapstick I ain’t got time for makeup
Last Song I listened to: The First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes (it’s super johnlock listen to it)
AUGUST 14 – NATIONAL SPIRIT OF ’45 DAY – NATIONAL V-J DAY – NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY National Spirit of ’45 Day – Second Sunday in August NATIONAL SPIRIT OF ’45 Day National Spirit of ’45 Day honors the can-do attitude of an entire generation affected by the trials and hardships of World War II. Observed every year on the second Sunday in August, communities around the country hold events and…