Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Bad Trade: The Lone Ranger Re-Writing History

Unwittingly, perhaps, the film actually makes fun of its own position when John Reid (Armie Hammer) arrives wearing a city-slicker suit and it gets all torn up. His level of education is frequently mentioned in the film, and that is rather like Marxism itself: it's learned in the classroom, but doesn't carry over into reality.  Why does he wear such a big white hat? Hats can symbolize the thoughts or what governs our ideals, and the faith, purity, innocence of his thoughts (for example, taking someone in to stand trial, not killing someone for revenge) is the highest ideal of the Lone Ranger and what guides his thoughts so it guides his actions. Tonto takes the hat, however, and makes a part down the middle, then gives it back to him; why? We have seen this in Lawless with Guy Pearce's character, who has a wide, dramatic part down the middle of his hair. It's a clear separation of one side vs. the other side, that is, there is my side and your side. Why doesn't the Lone Ranger want to shoot a gun? This isn't the Lone Ranger, this is a socialist, anti-Second Amendment character who is trying to in-validate the traditional symbol of justice and American independence. If a Western cowboy won't shoot a gun, why on earth does any American need to have a gun? Only outlaws carry guns. Secondly, the Remington gun was a huge, American invention, and just like The Croods and Escape From Planet Earth trying to "debunk" that Americans have invented anything, so The Lone Ranger attempts to downplay the importance of American firearms and how they contributed to American and international history.  Why does John not marry Rebbecca? We will see this same storyline in Hercules 3D (not the one with Dwayne Johnson) in May; why? Two brothers of different character competing for the hand of the same women reveals the metaphor of two varying economic models both competing for domination of a country (the “motherland” and which brother/economic model will mate with the motherland to beget and sire the future). The Lone Ranger doesn't want an economy, it wants a "trading system" like what Tonto does; why? Who wants to live under government rule and submission? No one, so "feed" (like Tonto's bird) the audience a picture-esque image of freedom from capitalism's evils, and people will buy into that when they won't buy into socialism.
Let's start with the closing scene.
There is a post-credits scene, which validates everything else being said previously in the film, but first we will do the last, proper scene, then the post-credits scene. John Reid, aka “The Lone Ranger” (Armie Hammer), is on the white horse “Silver,” and Silver stands on his hind legs, kicking his front legs in the air as Reid says, “Hi, ho, Silver, away!” in the iconic fashion of the Lone Ranger; Tonto (Johnny Depp) sees him doing this and says disapprovingly, “Never do that again.” Why? Socialists hate icons, and that moment—as well as the William Tell Overture played during the corniest part of the film—is intentionally meant to mock and invalidate the Lone Ranger and everything he stands for. Now, the post-credits scene: we see Tonto's back, an old man wearing the suit John Reid wore on the train into Colby, Texas, and walking into the desolate, wilderness landscape; why? To “undo” the progress that has been done in this country, to go back to a “native lifestyle,” to lead a generation of “suit” wearing Americans into a tribal life where there is no money, only trade. The Lone Ranger is one, really long lesson in how terrible white people are and how evil and cursed money is, and anything protecting and promoting white people and money, including the Constitution, dreams and travel.
Why does the Lone Ranger wear the mask? There comes a time, Tonto tells him, when good man must wear mask, make them believe you are dead. What? Why on earth would any good man doing good deeds need to wear a mask and hide his honesty, unless, of course, he's not a good man and not doing good deeds; who in our society has been hiding his identity and wearing a mask, talking about doing good, but is he? Who in our society has been going after the rich people wearing a mask about his own identity? The truth is, socialists know no one wants socialism, so all their actions have to be "masked" because if people saw what socialists in society were really doing, people would stop them immediately, just like in World War Z with noise attracting the zombies, anytime socialists make "noise" about what they really think and really want in society, the conservatives (like myself) start attacking them, just like the zombies.
When the film opens, we follow a little boy, dressed as the Lone Ranger but in 1933 San Francisco, so during the Depression, not after America was a World War II superpower (this is an important point made in The Hunger Games, that if WWII had not of happened, because of the Depression, America would have become a socialist country and in choosing the year as the film has, we are being re-educated about what “really happened,” according to socialist (and, it's important to note, Tonto is no longer in his “white face” make up because he fulfilled his vow to kill the men who destroyed his village). The point is, we the audience are that little boy: we are in an economic depression, and being at the theater to see the film, the film compares theaters to carnivals making money off freak shows, but through the little boy, we have wandered into a Wild West museum that is going to educate us on how terrible we are and what we need to do in order to cleanse ourselves of our own white faces (even if we are black, Asian, Filipino, etc., if we are not socialists, we are guilty).
Why a little boy?
Why does Tonto always feed that bird? According to what he tells the little boy, the bird isn't dead, he's waiting for his spirit to return, and from the bird cage Tonto gets at Red's (Helena Bonham Carter), we could say the dead bird is the spirit of revolt? It doesn't mesh well, I agree, but I think since he's always feeding it, it symbolizes us--the audience--who are being "fed" the doctrine the film wants us to swallow, and our spirit of socialism is to return to us the way the spirit returns to the bird,... I guess. However, we have seen another character who likes to "feed birds," in Professor Moriarty of Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows; why?  Moriarty was "feeding" his (stool) pigeons in government offices who trusted his advice although he was the biggest fraud in the world and leading them all on for his own advantage; likewise, Tonto leads us on for his own advantage, to take us where he wants us to go, regardless of whether we want to go or not. What does "Tonto" mean in Spanish? "Stupid," which is interesting, because Tonto is always calling someone else "stupid" in the film (which is typical of socialists who think they are the only intelligent people on the planet); originally, however, the name "Tonto" in the series referred to WILD ONE, because Westerns always have the dichotomy of our inner-wild side and our inner-civilizing desire at conflict, and it could have been kept as "wild one" for today's remake, however, too many of us capitalists, like myself, view socialism as "wild" and "revolutionary," a side socialists don't want to be associated with. Why does Tonto wear white face in the film? After he made the bad trade, he became like the “white people” and could not go back to his tribe until he had erased his mistake, or done what was honorable to make amends for his foolishness. In Imagine Dragons' hit song Radioactive, there is a line, “We're painted red to fit right in,” and while I immediately assumed that was “red for socialism” because red and black are the official colors of the international socialist movement, it could also be taken as “painted red to fit right in with Native Americans” and a small, yet definite movement to abandon civilization and return to a more “natural” way of life (which the post-credits scene definitely hints at). We have seen this in Star Trek Into Darkness with the opening scenes of the exploding volcano and the natives painted white who had “barely invented the wheel” but also in films such as Moonrise Kingdom and Savages. Just like the story telling device the film opens with to "feed" Americans a new version of history to ourselves, Tonto carries the Sears Roebuck pocket watch with him, invoking that capitalists have written history (Sears Roebuck still being a successful company, and watches being symbols of history because they keep time and history is the recorded events in time); but the watch is broken at a specific moment, and the watch can't tell time past that, as if nothing happened beyond that point in time because socialists hate history they always do and blatantly lie about real events that they can't fit into their narratives which demand revolution, so Tonto carrying a broken watch is typical of socialists "hating progress" because a government run society cannot keep up with a capitalist society.
Children always symbolize the future, and while women symbolize the “motherland,” so a little boy symbolizes the “future of the economy” because men symbolize the active principle of production. Tonto is instructing the little boy (us, the audience, because socialists believe that anyone but themselves are impossibly stupid and have to be educated, although even that isn't going to help people like myself) on how evil white people (like myself) are. Two points: the wendigo evil spirit Tonto claims has possessed Butch, Tonto realizes is what being a white man is all about: eating other people. That's twofold itself, because Butch eating the flesh of other people relates him to zombies (World War Z and Warm Bodies support this) and we see the film substantiating this interpretation with the rabbits.
Why does Red have an ivory leg? Supposedly, Butch (for "butcher") Cavendish ate her leg? Symbolically, the whore who manages other whores has material standing in society (legs symbolize our reputation or our standing in society and with other people) and the ivory being a rare and expensive material is meant to be juxtaposed against her natural leg that would have allowed her to be a ballerina. Again, this is a part of the debate of what is better for art (ballet), socialism, so artists don't have to suffer, or capitalism, which causes artists to compete and do a better job of pulling their art out from themselves. The Raven, Pitch Perfect A Good Day To Die Hard and House At the End Of the Street all support capitalism/competition in art, whereas films like Side Effects don't. We can directly compare Red being a ballerina to another dancer, the Russian guy in A God Day to Die Hard; would she have been a good dancer? Plenty of inspiring examples show runners who have lost their legs but still run, not being discouraged by the loss of their limbs; that's not the socialist way, though.  

Reid and Tonto cook a rabbit at a camp fire when rabbits suddenly appear, supposedly smelling the dead rabbit; Tonto takes a piece of the cooked rabbit, tosses it to the gathered rabbits and they develop sharp teeth like vampires and attack each other to get the piece of cooked rabbit meat; what's the purpose of this cannibalism? That's how socialists see capitalists (vampires, as in Dark Shadows, Hotel Transylvania and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) and if you own a business or participate in the capitalist system, you are eating your own kind, just like the wendigo Butch. So, what about Silver eating the scorpions?
Tom Wilkinson portrays Latham Cole, and I don't think it's much of a coincidence that Obama this week announced a "War On Coal" and what Cole symbolizes (the one percent and greedy capitalists) in America. There's another important point, however, because it's Cole who is synonymous with progress and his vision and dream of easy travel, and yet, he's thoroughly evil. That's because you are not supposed to have dreams. If you have a dream, you are going to place yourself above others, and that's bad, you are going to make others suffer for what you want, and that's greed; if you want to travel to other places, you are participating in the terrible work conditions of the people who (in this case) built the rail road tracks and the killing of the Indians whose land the tracks run upon. No, Americans who travel are evil, it's far better to stay in one place and not have any guns and don't have any money or any dreams, that's a good socialist.
Silver will devour anything threatening Reid and Tonto, just like the socialist state doing anything to protect the socialist party or its members (like Democrats doing anything to protect Obama and Hillary Clinton from scandals) whether it's natural or not, and this is supposed to be an "advertisement" that if you want to be protected, become a socialist today! Silver, the spirit horse, is the opposite of the Iron Horse Latham Cole builds, Silver is supposed to be that balance in nature whereas the trains system is unbalanced nature. Like Reid's big white hat, Silver is the vehicle by which he will achieve the destruction of the evil men, the law, the Constitution (the cargo train with the silver rocks in it) and gun carrying. Why does Tonto think it's a stupid horse? The same reason why John Reid is kemo sabe "the wrong brother": nature favors the strong warrior, but the mediocre, like John, should be attracted to socialism because socialism favors those that capitalism doesn't.
Please remember this shot, because we will be contrasting this "desolation" with the desolation in The Hobbit the Desolation Of Smaug, and how spiritual good will be brought out from Bilbo's troubles and sufferings, but socialists want to insist that the only way for America to go forwards is to go backwards (just as Tonto drives the train in reverse towards the end of the film) and their definition of progress is just like the total destruction of the world in World War Z.
Last point, which I referenced earlier.
The "massacre of the innocents," is mentioned in the film, but even as it happens, we have all ready seen this in Iron Man 3, when the Mandarin talks to the president about the Sand Creek Massacre, because this is what's being referenced. As if the film makers had read the script for The Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3 makes the point that this wasn't the work of the government, but of corrupt individuals. Why is this distinction important? Corrupt individuals will always exist in ANY SOCIETY, including capitalism, however, the whole system of socialism/communism is corrupt; it was the socialist government of Adolf Hitler that ORDERED the extermination of the Jews, it wasn't just a few corrupt guards, it was the wholesale policy of the government, like the Soviets killing millions and millions of their own citizens, and socialists will NEVER admit this, but we have to remember it when we are forced to argue with them. In short, do NOT bother to go see this film, I wanted to walk out after 45 mins, then again after 2 hours, but you don't have to put yourself through that.
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