Friday, August 25, 2017

“Wolves Not Far”: The Rivals of Nihilist Negan and Antifa

In the hit AMC series, The Walking Dead,, measurably worse than the Supreme nihilist, Negan and his “Saviors” were the “Wolves,” whose appearance in the show preceded the debut the baseball bat wielding Negan.

The Wolves are on the streets today

While many of my correspondents are repelled by The Walking Dead, I’ve seen the series, particularly Season 7, as a concrete lesson in contemporary politics. Drawing the parallels between Negan and Antifa is eminently instructive. Negan is a concrete that can communicate the significance of the anti-reason goals of our real-life nemeses.  The Alt-Left. And Antifa.

In The Four Feathers, as General Burroughs explains the position of his troops, the Russians, and himself he uses concretes to illustrate what happened in the Crimean War: a glass of sherry, walnuts, and a pineapple.

But the “Wolves” in The Walking Dead were, in contrast to Negan, the true nihilists. Negan commanded obedience from his victims, half of what they owned, and some sort of material value, or else he would bash his victims to death with his bat or sic his tribe of “Saviors” of them.

The Wolves, on the other hand, killed, quite frankly and in their own words and actions, for the sake of killing. Their motivation was not loot, or the slavery of their victims, but death. They wanted nothing for themselves.  Their “signature” was to carve a “W” on their foreheads and on those of their victims.

A Wolf victim: tied naked to a tree as walker bait
“You don’t belong here,” says a Wolf before Carol shoots him. Living people “don’t belong here.” They shouldn’t exist. They must be erased.

A dramatization of moral or immoral action is an effective way to convey the importance of fighting for values or for destroying them. It becomes a concrete. The Walking Dead does that in so many instances, in so many episodes.

It’s not so curious that Morgan Jones, one of the main characters, adopts a “pacific” philosophy and way of fighting that does not harm or bring the demise of his potential killers, but allows them to live; first encounters two of the Wolves, he fights back when they attempt to kill him, he defeats them but leaves them unconscious in an abandoned car. “All life is precious,” he keeps thinking. But they both return later in the series to kill again. No life s precious to them.
and, as a consequence, to kill another day, because they have not changed; but this thought is negated by his pacifism, just as our foreign policy will not declare Islam an enemy and allow it to kill us. When he

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) was history’s greatest martial artist. Even as an old man of eighty, Morihei could disarm any foe, down any number of attackers, and pin an opponent with a

Disguised as a Wolf, Carol makes war on the Wolves

single finger. Although invincible as a warrior, Morihei was above all a man of peace who detested fighting, war, and any kind of violence. His way was Aikido, which can be translated as “The Art of Peace.”

So when the Wolves attack Alexandria, Morgan fights them again with his expertly wiel ded Aikido stick.Carol goes into action and helps to bring about the defeat and retreat of the Wolves by killing them without question or hesitation.

Carol saves Morgan from a Wolf
He intends to disarm (or pacify) Wolves and let them go, again. “All life is precious,” he keeps telling himself and others. Carol saves his life, during the attack, by stabbing the savage who was about to overcome Morgan with an axe. The Wolves attacked without any warning. They invade the town and just start killing, without rhyme or reason or provocation. Disguised as a “Wolf,”Carol declares war on the Wolves.

The difference between the Saviors and the Wolves is only one of scale. Negan has outposts of Savior marauders in his area.The Wolves come out of nowhere.

And the Wolves of Antifa are not far. They are on our streets, together with the Islamic nihilists.

Get it? Time to yell “Wolf!” in the theater.

1 comment:

Edward Cline said...

"Wolves not far": The Wolves advertised their presence on the sides of abandoned cars, on walls, on the sides of buildings, and even on their victims.