Latest Posts





Bird Box is a pro-Trump film

Two things have been getting alot of coverage this last couple of weeks; the federal government shutdown and the new movie Bird Box. The one relates to the other.

The shutdown centers on the wall. President Trump wants it. Congressional Democrats won’t let him have it. The shutdown will continue as long as neither side gives way. President Trump argues that the wall is necessary to keep America safe. We cannot keep an open door, he argues, as there are people who would come through it and do us harm.

Right or wrong in the context of US border security policy, a similar argument is made consistently in the new post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box by Douglas (John Malkovich). He is a pretty standard character for these sorts of survival films, the selfish guy who thinks only of his own survival; think of the son in law in The Towering Inferno. Whenever the survivors encounter new people, banging on the doors pleading to be let in, Douglas recommends sending them away as they will only eat into the group’s supplies or pose some more immediate danger. At one point he gets drunk and claims to be “making the end of the world…great again” I think we’re justified in seeing a political comment here.

But the film shows time and again that Douglas is right. While foraging for supplies at a supermarket, the group hear someone knocking on the door, begging for help. Douglas vehemently argues against opening it but is overruled by Malorie (Sandra Bullock) and Tom (Trevante Rhodes), who believe that leaving the person outside would be inhuman. But, on opening the door, the man outside turns out to be a deranged psycho and, in the struggle to keep him out, warm, cuddly Charlie (Lil Rel Howery) is killed.

Later on, someone turns up at the group’s safe house asking to be let in. Again, Douglas argues against, and, again, he is overruled, as letting the person remain outside would be inhuman. And, again, Douglas is proved right. The guy they let in turns out to be another deranged psycho who ends up killing three people, including Douglas. All told, Malorie and Tom’s superior morality costs four people their lives. Four other people. “Every contact we have had with the outside has brought us death” Douglas says at one point, and, in the context of the film, he is right.

I doubt the makers of Bird Box intended to send this message. But Douglas is an explicitly political character. It is only fair to point out that film makers show him end up not only dead but vindicated as well.

John Phelan is an economist at the Center of the American Experiment. 




Upcoming Events

  • YLC Curling Event

    Location: Chaska Curling Center 3210 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318

    Grab your broom and stone and join the Young Leadership Council for an evening of Curling at the Chaska Curling Center! $40 registration includes: Instruction Ice time and equipment Appetizers (Curling Center Bar will be available to purchase drinks) The event will begin with 15-20 minutes of classroom instruction on curling rules and basics followed by 20-30 minutes on the ice for practice and drills. Instructors will be on hand the whole evening to guide your games. Dress Code: Bring a pair of clean-on-the-bottom shoes to change into. No leather soles or metal lace hooks Loose fitting or strechy clothes…

    Register Now
  • The Diversity Delusion

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Wednesday, April 24th at the Hilton Hotel for a lunch forum with Heather Mac Donald as she discusses her new book, The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.  Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race…

    Register Now
  • 2019 Annual Dinner Featuring Nigel Farage

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Purchase Tickets Here

    Register Now