Patrick Ford defends Wall-E from conservative movie critics:

The real tragedy of these callous conservative critics (say that three times fast) is that they are missing the real lessons of the movie, ones I found immediately attractive to a traditional conservative. In the film, it becomes clear that mass consumerism is not just the product of big business, but of big business wedded with big government. In fact, the two are indistinguishable in Wall-E’s future. The government unilaterally provided its citizens with everything they needed, and this lack of variety led to Earth’s downfall.

Well Lileks loved it. Not all conservatives are stupid ideologues.

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