"The Further Adventures Of Lucie Miller" Spoilers from p 10 Sept 5, 2019 1:19:12 GMT number13 likes this
Post by barnabaslives on Sept 5, 2019 1:19:12 GMT
The Revolution Game
(Only right now, typing the title, did I finally get the double meaning... not at my sharpest - or worse still, maybe I am! Anyway, I like the pun, now I've got it!)
A fun action story which felt perfect for this team - and I'll get my one minor gripe out of the way first. The villains were EVIL CAPITALISTS! AGAAAAAIN!! Sorry, I may have over done that a little bit but really, those guys leave the Daleks standing for evil plans don't they, you can't turn round on Who these days without it's evil capitalists. What we all need to do, Comrades, is stop buying anything from anyone beyond local artisan crafters and then the capitalist system will collapse, there will be no more money or mass production and we can all (writers and producers of Who included) go back to living like our peasant ancestors did. Will you plough the field for subsistence crops today, or is it my turn? I was going to muck out the pigsty and hopefully barter three turnips for some used sackcloth to make a tunic from, but I'm happy to swap roles if you are.
Well, I certainly wouldn't begrudge anyone earning a living or having an improved standard of living, and I don't know what the answers to "the human condition" happen to be, but I still can see plenty of trouble in the world that seems to happen, whether it's economic, social, medical, or environmental, when some take the right to a capitalist lifestyle too far in the absence of limitations.
Ordinary people have often had to fight terribly hard to make the progress against that that they have or I fear we might have much less to talk about when it comes to improved standards of living. It's pointless to try paint all corporations with the same brush, I'm sure, yet many have proven time and again to be unwilling to do right by the very people who put them where they are unless forced into a corner.
From a story perspective I understand completely that too much of any theme can get tiresome, but somehow the lessons that stories can teach us about preserving our humanity though preserving our priorities never seem to get less timely. I hope I live to see the day that such stories become less relevant, but I'm not terribly optimistic about that.
For whatever it's worth, I think of stories like that as not being about the evils of capitalism, but about the evils of greed, which I'm sure is just as applicable independent of capitalism.