There are dozens and dozens of science fiction films that predict various dystopian futures, and we have been served them up since before the Second World War.
There are alien invasions (e.g. War of the Worlds, Independence Day), walking talking robots going collectively insane (e.g. I, Robot), artificial intelligences that control nuclear weapons going insane (e.g. Terminator), space-borne seeds landing on Planet Earth that grow into man-eating plants (e.g. Day of the Triffids) space-borne viruses that kill us (e.g. The Invasion) and so on. There are films that depict the world ravaged by a pandemic killing 99% of the population (e.g Contagion, Carriers). These are basically in the land of never-never, although clearly we have the ability to consider the possibility of such things.
Then there is a whole sub-genre of films based on the theories of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’. In recent years, the most outrageous was Day After Tomorrow which shows massive overnight weather changes involving an instant tsunami coupled with a 30 degree plus drop in temperature (warming?). The earliest such film was Soylent Green, depicting a dystopian future suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, due to the greenhouse effect. Of course, we “kippers” are sceptics, believing that the science is not settled. It is a fact that all the IPCC predictions of the last 20 years have turned out to be wrong in terms of the weather of the last 20 years, so their models are wrong, and there is also a strong view that the cost of trying to prevent ‘global warming’ far exceeds the cost of just dealing with any effects of it. So, more la-la land.
Another sub-genre of films show horrific possible futures based on social, economic or technological developments that may favour some but will disadvantage the majority. Perhaps the scariest is Hunger Games depicting a world where a dandified elite lives in grand cities and large estates, the majority of the population scraping a living from denuded soil in shanty towns. There’s the Robocop world where policing is performed by corporations rather than the state, and Matrix where people are never too sure if they’re living in the real world or a computer simulation. While seemingly far-fetched, such scenarios, or variants of them, are possibilities.
There are films that show us in a post-holocaust world of some sort, usually a nuclear one. Here, we are entering the world of genuinely possible futures, and those of us old enough to have lived through the 1950-1990 period will have been painfully aware of it. Come the end of the Cold War, we thought we would enjoy era of Peace Dividend, but in reality the rise of crackpot regimes developing nuclear weapons and the EU and USA’s insistence on prodding the Russian Bear has brought such a risk back to reality.
There are other possible dystopian futures we face, based on real developments going on before our very eyes. We are all well aware of the growth of Islamic Fundamentalism threatening our internal and external security, for example.
There’s the efforts of the EU and western governments trying vainly to prevent the imagined threat of rising CO2 by investing in wind-farm and other ill-developed technology which is only serving to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
The EU in particular is making most of us poorer in the UK (and indeed having pretty perverse effects on the Eurozone countries of the south, and the deserted areas of Eastern Europe) through uncontrolled mass immigration, while the “elite” get richer.
There’s the way the banksters are allowed to get away with virtual murder, slicing off money from each financial transaction, rubbing their hands with glee at each “quantitative easing” as their senior staff and shareholders get wealthier and wealthier.
Large multinational corporations are favoured by the EU and USA, and both seem to enact legislation that benefits them, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as a joint act, while failing to encourage small and medium enterprises (SME), who are the real generators of widespread wealth.
The wealthy can buy the best education for their children while the rest of us have to endure the postcode lottery of comprehensive system for our children, or be lucky enough to live in an area where we get our children into a grammar school. This further perpetuates the wealth divide.
And then conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones in the USA and Brian Gerrish in the UK (CP Exposed and UK Column) present their views of what is “really” happening – it’s up to you if you believe what they are saying.
Each and every one of these threats are real (bar the conspiracies, of course), and it seems that our government and the EU are leading us by the nose into them. While many voters can see these threats and realise that UKIP is the only solution to avoiding them, there are a vast number of people who don’t or won’t see them, or are doing very nicely with the present system, thank you very much.
We all know that UKIP’s policies work to avoid such futures:
- Leave the EU and control our borders
- Defend the homeland securely and don’t prod others
- A common-sense energy policy
- Encourage SMEs
- Bring back Grammar schools
We UKIP activists must get out on the streets, taking our message through leaflet or personal contact to every door in the country to maximise our vote on 7th May. I trust this article has armed us all better for that engagement.