Seems to me that in the early 80’s there was a bunch of movies about the trials and tribulations of rural bumpkins trying to hold onto their farms. Topically, this was elicited by the farm crisis, and these films had a habit of starring Sissy Spacek, Meryl Streep, and Jessica Lange in gritty farm woman roles. I saw none of those films, as I was 13 or so, and thoroughly a suburban boy. Red Dawn was the type of thing that making a big impression on me.
Anyway, cinematically I get the gist. There is a spirit of agrarian populism in that 80’s farm film genre, and some combination of banks and the government are the antagonists. In my mind’s eye, I see bankers and sheriffs and dept of agriculture busybodies being barred from foreclosure auctions by a line of farmers on their tractors. Or maybe angry farmer drives tractor through the front window of bank. Whatever, I’m just spitballing here.
In that spirit, this Bundy Ranch melodrama has the makings of a based on true events farm crisis movie. Seems to be an organic, grass roots conflict with a proper set of protagonists and antagonists. And also, a seeming climactic victory in which bureaucracy backs down:
But Bundy Ranch is not getting any coverage in the big media, not breaking out into the broader culture. This could be for several reasons. I suspect it’s because; A: it’s not a huge story yet, and may not become one in our modern culture. Not enough superficial glitz. B: today’s news bureau journalists are so sycophantically inclined that that there ain’t a one that can work up the doggedness to seriously critique the Obama Administration or one of its agencies. C: these days, elite culture inverts presumed antagonists and protagonists. IE, the government is the good guys, the farmers and bumpkins are old, white racists who impede progress.
My biases are speaking there, but in any event, I’d like to know more about this Bundy Ranch. It’s the bureau media and then the left wing media that are dropping the ball. Their insight would be useful here.
In that agrarian protest vein, I was moved to try and remember what it was that thing was where farmers where tipping over electrical towers here in Minnesota in the 70’s. I was even younger then, and never did develop a factual grasp of that. But it was this, no doubt:
There was a dramatized movie of the week that was inspired by this. I think we watched in civics class at Pony High School.