Christmas Viewing for Socialists & Grinches

My friend M.V. Moorhead once compiled a list of 12 twisted Christmas films. He included Beavis and Butt-Head’s It’s a Miserable Life, which I recall watching with him many years ago. I recommend watching it back to back with the film it parodies, It’s a Wonderful Life, which W. Andrew Ewell sees as a critique of capitalism, a reading I agree with. By watching these two films, I think you can get a concise and accurate look at the U.S. pathology in the 20th Century, and a look at where we are now.

If you think I’m joking, you probably have never watched Beavis and Butt-Head, or have watched it only casually. Moorhead has referred to them as the modern Tom and Huck, which is how I see them too.

Moorhead once remarked to me that, given the U.S.’s abandonment of a production economy in favor of a service economy, Bedford Falls might have done better if it had become Pottersville, especially in terms of its real estate values.

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