Friday, March 16, 2001

A is for Anarchy

Social chaos on celluloid: an anarchy film fest

"Dammit men, we've got to get organized!"
— Jonathan Winters, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!

What you think about anarchy depends on what you think about human nature. If, like Rousseau, you think "man is born free but is everywhere in chains," the end of civilization as we know it is a good thing. If, like Hobbes, you think people are essentially rotten, life in a state of nature is "nasty, poor, brutish and short." If you're an existentialist, you don't believe in human nature, but you still believe in being real.

Now that we've got that out of the way, here are a few films about anarchy and social chaos — the bad, the good and the existential.

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