The Dark Knight Rises Is a Pro-Fascist Movie

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About Noah Brand

Noah Brand is an Editor-at-Large at Good Men Project, and possibly also a cartoon character from the 1930s. His life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. He is usually found in Portland, Oregon, directly underneath a very nice hat.

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  1. Jim Bowen says:

    You have no idea how much this has cheered me up. I’ve felt like the little kid in ” The Emperor’s New Clothes” since seeing it.

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  8. [...] a dozen more moments as callous as that, all reflecting the same problem. Like The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel treats the everyday, ordinary people of the world with something between disregard [...]

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  10. […] Batman has always been a bit fascist, as are all superheroes to some extent–their raison d’etre, after all, is fighting evil, not ameliorating dysfunction. As Noah Brand writes in “The Dark Knight Rises Is a Pro-Fascist Movie“: […]

  11. […] Batman has always been a bit fascist, as are all superheroes to some extent–their raison d’etre, after all, is fighting evil, not ameliorating dysfunction. As Noah Brand writes in “The Dark Knight Rises Is a Pro-Fascist Movie“: […]

  12. […] in the Nolan Batman mode; all scary men in suits, military hardware right and left, and a certain weirdly fascist undertone. Back in the old days, Diana was always hauling bad guys off to, I kid you not, Punishment Island, […]

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