World War Z ReviewSubmitted by Gnome DeGuerre on Thu, 07/04/2013 - 15:25
World War Z (The Book)
I just saw the movie last night and am finishing up Max Brook's book. The movie bears almost (Z)ero resemblance to the book. That being said, the book is even more statist than the UN promotion masquerading as a movie!
In case you haven't read it, the book is a compilation of interviews with survivors of the zombie war. The breakout of "African rabies"-- as the epidemic is originally termed-- spreads through the "black market" organ transplant trade originating in China. The walking plague spreads worldwide via air travel.
Israel, having prepared for invasion for decades, weathers the onslaught well. She absorbs the Palestinians and walls herself off from the world renaming herself Unified Palestine.
A war weary America is originally not willing to take the necessary steps to contain the outbreak once it reaches her shores. South Africa adopts the pragmatic and apartheidist "Reddeker" plan which, in a nod to NWO and Illuminati conspiracy theorists, creates a list of those who will be saved and those who will be sacrificed as bait. This plan is eventually adopted worldwide.
Safe zones are created and people are assigned jobs in labor camps evoking the Stalinist mantra of "those who will not work do not eat." Former white collar workers come to enjoy their new found purpose. The book romanticizes and promotes Luddite localism and anti-materialism.
Self sustaining regions--regions abandoned by the government but who managed to survive the epidemic--are ruthlessly crushed by the restored U.S. government. Secession is not tolerated by the President. The political parties merge and democracy--even if it is an admitted charade--is preserved to create "hope" for the future. Democracy becomes the new religion.
In the end, the world is saved from zombies and chaos by gulags, castles, local feudalism and global statism.
Brooks is no dummy. He is very knowledgeable of military tactics, philosophy, and economics. He does present the individualist perspective, albeit as a failed ideal. He even invokes Ayn Rand at one point. Brooks clearly understands and describes comparative advantage in WWZ, but then trashes it as crass materialism.
Brook's story reads like a progressive's wild fantasy about government realizing its grand purpose, seizing the reins of power, eradicating the petty human conditions of materialism and religion and saving the culled herd of humanity from the hoard of groaning untermensch (muslims?). In 'World War Z', The state is God.