You Can’t Take the Sky From Me, because The Leader says it’s for The Proletariat

When I logged in, I was accosted by a blurb for a post called “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me: A Marxist Reading of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” « The Myles Files.” Some guy named Myles wrote it for a class, and it shows; it takes a good bit of selective analysis and cognitive backflips to read Firefly as some kind of commie opus.

The true dissection of the piece will have to wait. Mrs. Bitterness doesn’t like it when I blog away Friday night, especially if the little Bitters are out of the house. But a Marxist interpretation of Firefly would require the viewer to favor the nefarious, all-controlling Alliance as the perfect form of government. The crew of Serenity would be sent to Siberia by a Marxist regime, if the Feds could catch them. Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a Browncoat (Independent) who still sports battle scars from fighting the Alliance in The War, would probably pop Myles in the mouth for the insinuation.

Joss Whedon’s politics seem to swing Left (he’s at least got a bad case of Bush Derangement Syndrome), but Firefly’s as conservative as a squirrel when winter’s coming. I’ve heard co-creator Tim Minear, who wrote much of the show’s one season, is responsible for that, I’ve heard.

But nailing down that detail would take research. It’s Friday night, Mrs. Bitterness and I heard a doctor say “cancer-free” this afternoon, and I have altered states of consciousness to pursue.

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One Response to “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me, because The Leader says it’s for The Proletariat”

  1. As the particular author of that piece, I would like to make one thing clear: I would never insinuate that Firefly is a Marxist show from a political standpoint.

    Rather, the perspective is a literary one: as a piece of literature, Firefly would actually be seen as a marxist representation due to its presentation of lower classes. While you’re entirely correct to assert that the environment itself is ANYTHING but leftist in its organization, the lens through which we view it gives more credit to lower classes than a majority of literature. Marxist Literary theory purports for literature to be a realistic if mediated perspective on reality. Its representation of the conservative and authoritarian Alliance is, as a result, actually fairly realistic from a literary eye.

    Does the article read like this? Probably not, it was hideously rushed and never intended for consumption outside of my professor (ie: it getting picked up by Whedon fansite was kind of a mixed blessing). But I would never attempt to claim that the universe in Firefly is anything but oppressive.

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