Monday, August 21, 2017

An Antifa/Negan Analogy

Disguised as a “walker,” Carol takes
 down Terminus with one shot

For the longest time, I couldn’t help but think, or imagine, that the popular hit AMC/Netflix series, “The Walking Dead,” is but  an intentional and  visual roman à clef, or a  gory parody of contemporary politics. It will debut its eighth year (and season) in October 2017.

I know many correspondents and friends who don’t care for the series, but from Season 1 forward I found it fascinating to observe the trajectory of character development of many of the main characters from lows to highs in their individual conflicts. The trajectories are at times erratic and ominous, as though the show’s writers could not decide which way to go.  

I don’t like horror movies. The Walking Dead has been billed as a “horror” series. I think that’s a misnomer. It is a drawn-out, and often compelling and inspiring story of man’s determination to live other than in apocalyptic circumstances or under the thumb of tyrants and killers.

Carol’s trajectory: from weepy dishrag
to formidable fighter
This is an essay on the parallels between the villains of The Walking Dead and Antifa. Antifa is as nihilist and even sociopathetic and psychopathic as any of the villains of the TV series. As is Islam. Antifa seeks through violence, intimidation, and terror to obliterate anything of value in our culture.

There are four main villains in the series, beginning, by my lights, with Dr. Edwin Jenner, of the CDC, who initiates the destruction of the group after he has failed to find a cause or cure for the unknown pathogen that has turned most of the world’s population into flesh-eating zombies (or “walkers”). He traps the survivors, allowing them no escape from their imminent “painless” extinction. At the last minute, moved apparently by the pleading of some of the group, he unlocks the doors in his research bunker; however, the CDC’s main doors cannot be opened again. My chief heroine, Carol, found a grenade that could blast the bullet-proof windows apart, and allows the group to escape before the structure is reduced to a pile of flaming rubble. Jenner tried to convince the group to “give up,” as he had. Civilization is gone, and so there would be no point in living.

In the present, Rick and the other survivors file in to the CDC lobby in Atlanta. Dr. Edwin Jenner meets them at the door with an automatic. "Why are you here, and what do you want?" Jenner asks them. "A chance," Rick says simply.

"That's asking an awful lot these days," Jenner replies, but he agrees to allow them in - provided they all submit to a blood test. "Grab your things," he tells them. "Once this door closes, it stays closed." Rick agrees, and they follow Jenner to the building's basement control center….

After Jenner has locked the doors, or rather after the CDC computer has locked the first floor doors as a containment measure against the release of other diseases that were being researched if the CDC runs out of fuel…

In the CDC lobby, the group finds the doors locked and they pound helplessly on the windows. Shane shoots a rifle at the glass, to no avail. "I think I have something that might help," Carol says, fumbling in her purse while Shane retorts, "I don't think a nail file's gonna do it." Carol ignores him. "Your first morning at camp," she tells Rick. "When I washed your uniform? I found this in your pocket." She pulls the hand grenade that Rick found in the tank (in "Guts") from her bag.

Gareth adopts the Islamic “halal” method
 of animal slaughter, by cutting his prisoners’ throats
 and bleeding them to death.
The second principal villain is “The Governor” of Woodbury, a small town protected and “governed” by him. It is after the group, in search of a “safe” place to live, takes over a state prison overrun by “walkers.” The group annihilates the walkers, including the “turned” guards in their riot gear. The group first encounters Woodbury and the Governor after two members are kidnapped while searching for food and supplies and are about to be executed by the Governor. The group attacks and bests the Governor’s “soldiers.” In revenge, the Governor plots to attack the prison. He tries twice and fails, except that his second army (not the one from Woodbury, as he murdered them in a fit of anger for having run from the walkers the group set loose during the first assault) uses a tank to blast the prison. The group is broken up and flees the prison, now ruined and virtually uninhabitable. The Governor, fighting Rick, the leader, is killed by another main character.  
The Governor:  
another congenial psychopath

The third principal villain is Gareth, who runs “Terminus” with his mother, Mary. (Shades of “Psycho.”). Originally established as a “sanctuary’” for survivors, its occupants become cannibals, luring the unsuspecting inside and then imprisoning them in box cars and containers until they can be taken out, killed, and cut up for food. Women and children, too.

In Season 5, Carol, who was banished from the prison because she killed two people she thought were carrying a disease that would sicken and kill the whole group, has followed Rick and his group to Terminus and rescues them. It is one of the most enthralling episodes of the series.

The fourth and most prominent villain is Negan, leader of the “Saviors,” amoral, degenerate, marauders who prey on other survivors, killing them, and taking whatever they wanted. Wikipedia writes:

Negan, portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan,[36] is a totalitarian and manipulative dictator, who made his first appearance in the season six finale. He is the psychopathic and merciless leader of a vast organization of hostile survivors — The Saviors — that he rules in tyranny. His group coerces other survivors to give the Saviors their possessions and supplies by the threat of force and intimidation. When Rick's group attempts to take Maggie to the Hilltop Colony for medical assistance, the Saviors capture them all. Negan demands that Alexandria will turn over half its supplies to him from now on, and reinforces his mandate by beating to a bloody pulp the heads of, Abraham, and then Glenn with his barbed wire-studded baseball bat.

An Antifa man to the core: Negan
He’s nothing like the geeky-looking James Anderson , a professor at UC-Berkeley, who is said to be the nominal head of Antifa. Others point to George Soros. Others say it is James Anderson, who writes for and maintains “It’s going down,” an Antifa website.  

“The resurgence of the far right really began in the wake of Black Lives Matter, especially Ferguson,” said James Anderson, the editor of “it’s”, a website that promotes anti-fascist organizing, propaganda, and recruitment.

Or, it might be run by James Tracy.

Antifa and Muslim activists have
Much in common. Masks and their ends
They adopt what they call the “Black Lock,” that is, the masks to frustrate their identification by the police, dressed in black from head to toe. I’ve said it time and again; even though Antifa purports to fight “fascism” its brain-stunted thugs don’t even know what “fascism” is, could not give you a coherent definition of it, and probably prefer not to know. Nevertheless, Antifa is a fascist group practicing every vile, violent policy of the original fascists (the German and Spanish Nazis and the Italian fascists).

Is there any difference between the fictional villains of The Walking Dead and Antifa? No. And none between them and Islamic jihadists who are also nihilists, because they also kill for the sake of killing, to destroy in the name of the destruction of the good. Would it be accurate to call this a parallel? Yes and no.

But readers must admit that the truth in reality today is becoming very close to the fiction. I doubt that the writers, producers, and directors of The Walking Dead would agree with this analogy.

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