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5.0 out of 5 stars Blacklisted Hollywood Ten Fight Against Tyranny., November 11, 2009
This review is from: Trumbo (DVD)
A sober reminder of the power of tryanny over the individual. An individual who will stands up, because he cannot stand down.
Thus it becomes a matter of priciple for Dalton Trumbo and the other Hollywood writers to make that stand. All they has to do was to inform on friends. Those who had participated in the crime of speaking their own minds.
I write this on Veteran's Day. A day many gave their lives so that others could speak freely, even if they themselves adamantly disagreed with there politics or religion. It was a matter of the American Spirit itself, forged in the crucible of war, where many died or were wounded just so that their sons & daughter could live "free". Trumbo and the others also took that symbolic stand. The Supreme Court, aka Supreme Denial, refused to hear their case when they were marched off to jail. Many subsequently committed suicide. It was economic warfare on the ten who dared speak against the power. Some crumbled. Those that survivived suffered divorces, poverty, and other degradations, as a consequence of not only talking American, but being American - not bending over to the tryanny, but standing up against the powerful for the principals upon which this country was founded.
Ironicaly, the Supreme Court, aka Supreme Denial, in Buckley vs. Valeo in 1976 ruled that Free Speech is $$$$, thereby guaranteeing economic capital's purchase of the peoples' political capital. Corporations, with remorseless impunity, could corrupt the peoples' elections, strangling anychance of meaningful representation of the poor/middle classes.
This documentary has Kirk Douglas, his son Michael, Donald Sutherland, Liam Neeson, and others reading the letters of those writers and Trumble. That is worth the price of admission alone. The archived films and portrayal of the times are very informative.
The film and its themes are timeless.

The struggle of people against power
Is the struggle of memory against forgetting.


P.S. The Red Scare sweeping the U.S., the rise of Red-Hunter General Senator Joe McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover's Messianic persecutions, the House of Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood purge was an ironic reflection of look-alike Soviet pogroms and show trials.
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Initial post: Feb 29, 2012, 9:27:54 PM PST
A matter of 'priciple'! Why say he stood up because he couldn't stand down when it would be so much simpler to say he 'shut up rather than speak out'?

All he had to do was 'inform on friends'? I think he was called as a witness in front of the House to testify as to what he knew about the Communist Party and influence from the Soviet Union over business in Hollywood. It seems Dalton was an excellent choice for this, as a member of the Communist Party and having written about successful efforts to stop films condeming tyranny from production (the irony is really rich here).

I am not that concerned with his communist sympathies, but they certainly don't entitle him to refuse to answer questions from Congress. His crime wasn't one of 'speaking his own mind' but of refusing to testify as a witness.

You write on Veterans Day, reference men dying to preserve freedom, the American champion a man who would not testify about Soviet influence in this country (before, during and following WWII).......the same Soviets who at the time were constructing the Iron Curtain to what....... preserve freedom? What a hero!

Looking forward to many hate-filled irrational rants from all you resurgent neo-stalinists, sorry, progressives.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2012, 7:53:24 PM PDT
That you still 'believe' is great. However, I don't believe in a Congress that sells out to the point where, for all practical purposes, the government has become privatized.

Back in the Trumbo days, Hoolywood was a defacto monopsony. That is, its ditributing power was obscene. Today with SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and the like, Hollywood has taken the concept of obscenity to infinity and beyond!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012, 11:03:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2012, 11:05:40 AM PDT
RAB, honest to goodness I don't know what the heck you are trying to say.

To what are you referring in your first sentence?

Congress now or Congress then? Selling out what to whom?

Isn't government almost the opposite of private? Are you referring to the tendency of big corps to work in conjunction with govt to limit competition?

You just don't hear terms like 'monopsony' tossed around every day! Are you saying it is worse now and if so, still, what is the relevant point?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012, 1:36:30 PM PDT
Suggest you read Power, Inc. The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government-and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead, by David Rothkopt. Also read, Guilt By Association: How Decseption and Self-Deceit Took America To War by Jeff Gates. My writing a few paragraphs isn't going to accomplish the realignment & dealignment required for the necessary spark. Although you certainly seem to have George Lakoff's framing down to a 't'. Now all you need is to cross a couple of i's by reading the suggestions above.
Good luck, Jim Phelps.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012, 2:56:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2012, 3:01:41 PM PDT
RAB, I think there are a lot of neurons firing off in your head (maybe they have something to do with the spark you refer to), but the pathways are clogged. Suggesting I read a few books because you appear unable to express a coherent thought doesn't really address the issue.
Lakoff??? He, Chomsky and their ilk are ultimately anti-rational, anti-communication and anti-sense. I have no idea what your reference to 'Lakoff's framing' really means in this context (ha,ha,ha) but I will point out that usually people dot their 'i's and cross their 't's, but then maybe you are just again failing to make some obscure point by the reversal.
And by the way, wouldn't one first 'dealign' before one should attempt to 'realign' oneself?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012, 7:12:02 PM PDT
I see your of The Red Queen school. Cross my heart, u r.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012, 10:32:22 AM PDT
I suggest you read America's Nazi Secret by John Loftus. Also visit website. Sometimes if the truth doesn't come looking for you, then breakout a sweat and seek it out.
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