[The film] 300 reminds us too that for all the current misperception of America as global bully, the West is in truth the eternal underdog. In a world always ready to fall back into tyranny and superstition, only the Greeks and their inheritors know the value and the power of individual human beings. When we are set free, we can bring down giants, but we always play David to the worldâ€™s Goliath. Refusing to kneel before the Persian horde, Gerard Butlerâ€™s Leonidas and his buffed-up men are an army of Michelangeloâ€™s Davids.
They are simultaneously the progenitors and inheritors of the best of the West. Their reception in 2007 is proof that ordinary westerners retain a sense of their civilisation and its essential values. Our elite gatekeepers may find the unofficial western mottoâ€”freedom or death; war is not the worst of evilsâ€”hard to grasp. 300 shows that everyone else gets it. There is hope for us yet.
Hahaha! I’ve never read so much tripe in my life. Is the British right that desperate to clutch at anything that offers them comfort? Looks like it. The above is a review of the film 300 on New Culture Forum, a think-tank for British conservatives. It’s hilarious to watch the extent to which these people are painting themselves (and ‘the West’ as a whole) as victims.
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