BaalChatzaf Posted September 13, 2007 Share Posted September 13, 2007 I found a movie which is really an illustration of Hobbe's -Leviathan-. Guess what it is. It is the science fiction movie -The Day the Earth Stood Still-. This motion picture came out around 1950 so many of you probably either never saw it or never heard of it.Briefly: A flying saucer lands on the Mall in Washington D.C. Out comes a humanoid alien, Klaatu and his robot companion Gort. Klaatue is first shot by soldiers then taken to Walter Reed Hospital where his is held under guard. But he escapes so he can get to understand Earth folks better. He is eventually hunted down and killed but is brought back to life by his robot companion Gort. What is Klaatu doing on Earth? He has come to deliver a warning to the people's of Earth not to go out into space in a warlike fashion or the people of the other planets will destroy earth. In the last five minutes of the movie Klaatu explains the basic theory of governance used by the people of the other planets. They, too, used to be warlike. So they invented a race of robots that would enforce law and order and keep the peace. Any individual or group of individuals that initiated force and violence would be zapped by the robots. When I first saw this movie, I thought it had a libertarian message. Not so. It was Hobbesian. Gort and his fellow robots are nothing but Leviathan, a sovereign created by men to keep the peace and prevent the basic logic of anarchy from working. So it looks like Thomas Hobbes got his movie after all. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/ for details on the original motion picture.By the way, a remake is being released in 2008 with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu.Ba'al Chatzaf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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