(Soundtrack: Silverchair Frogstomp… “Pure Massacre” on repeat, actually)
I’ve got pretty conflicted feelings about Demo #7. It appeals very strongly to my “suppose they gave a war and no one came” side–this is kind of a reverse Sergeant York, and that’s all to the good, as far as I’m concerned, because I hate Hawks’ film. For those of you who don’t know it–SY stars Gary Cooper as a pacifist sharpshooter who never misses, and tells the story of his conversion, under fire, into a damned war hero. The war in question is World War One–the original senseless conflict. There are no ideological issues involved here–it’s “pacifism vs. patriotism”, pure and simple. Of course, as far as I’m concerned, pacifism is the only patriotism that matters–fidelity to “all creatures”. So, yeah, John Hatfield’s epiphany makes a lot more sense to me than good ol’ Alvin York’s.
However, I just don’t like the “social deprograming”/Adbusters tone of the issue–and I’m really not on board with the new femme fatalism that’s becoming a bit of a pattern in the series. This is the second issue of Demo (#4 was the other one) in which we have encountered a sensitive working-class guy pushed against his better judgement to make concessions to the economic order by a foul-tempered, utterly unloving girlfriend/wife. This is a disturbing throwback to Jack London-style class-consciousness–i.e. women are the agents of a “false capitalist consensus”/gentrification, and a true “revolutionist” is better off goin’ it alone!
Does anyone else get this sense? Or am I totally off base here? I’ll have more to say about this issue, once I’ve got other opinions to work off of!
Good Day Friends!