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6th Feb '16 9:08:37 AM SciFan
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* All those far right populist movements that shoot up like mushrooms the world over and are busy catching votes by thundering against [[ConceptsAreCheap vaguely defined "elites"]]. Anyone who knows their history understands that wherever far right elements take power graft and corruption skyrocket due to crony capitalism, i.e. the parties in question installing themselves as the new elite.
2nd Feb '16 3:01:25 AM Ezclee4050
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** [[http://www.tofugu.com/2012/10/17/language-professors-hate-him-pimsleur-his-method-and-talking-fast/ "Language Professors HATE Him!"]] He's prominent '''language professor''' Paul Pimsleur, whose language-learning method is considered very mainstream and non-controversial. Also, he's been dead since 1976.
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** [[http://www.tofugu.com/2012/10/17/language-professors-hate-him-pimsleur-his-method-and-talking-fast/ "Language Professors HATE Him!"]] He's prominent '''language professor''' ''language professor'' Paul Pimsleur, whose language-learning method is considered very mainstream and non-controversial. Also, he's been dead since 1976.
2nd Feb '16 3:00:44 AM Ezclee4050
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** [[http://www.tofugu.com/2012/10/17/language-professors-hate-him-pimsleur-his-method-and-talking-fast/ "Language Professors HATE Him!"]] He's Paul Pimsleur, UCLA language professor, whose language-learning method is considered very mainstream and non-controversial. Also, he's been dead since 1976.
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** [[http://www.tofugu.com/2012/10/17/language-professors-hate-him-pimsleur-his-method-and-talking-fast/ "Language Professors HATE Him!"]] He's prominent '''language professor''' Paul Pimsleur, UCLA language professor, whose language-learning method is considered very mainstream and non-controversial. Also, he's been dead since 1976.
2nd Feb '16 2:57:03 AM Ezclee4050
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** [[http://www.tofugu.com/2012/10/17/language-professors-hate-him-pimsleur-his-method-and-talking-fast/ "Language Professors HATE Him!"]] He's Paul Pimsleur, UCLA language professor, whose language-learning method is considered very mainstream and non-controversial. Also, he's been dead since 1976.
1st Feb '16 6:26:47 AM JulianLapostat
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* UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, who is promoted as a rebel on various merchandise. A former communist activist sold for big bucks of capitalism.
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* UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, who UsefulNotes/CheGuevara is promoted as a rebel an unintentional example of this trope. A photograph taken without his consent, printed on various merchandise. A former communist activist sold a poster (and then reproduced on T-Shirts) without his knowledge made him an IconOfRebellion for big bucks of capitalism.the capitalist west.

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* UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, ** UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi was an anti-imperialist crusader who is promoted as appealed to the people by invoking religious scripture, GoodOldWays of handicrafts and agriculture, and argued against industrialization. Except, Gandhi was ''backed'' by India's emerging business leaders - Ganshyamdas Birla and Bajaj - who definitely wanted to industrialize India. Gandhi's famously frugal standard of living still mounted something in bills not to mention his constant travel and entourage which despite their frugality cost a rebel on various merchandise. A former communist activist sold lot. All these bills were covered by them. The famous Indian poet, Sarojini Naidu famously joked about how much it cost for big bucks of capitalism.Gandhi to be poor.
1st Feb '16 6:01:55 AM JulianLapostat
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** Music/TheClash for their part, acknowledged and dealt with this discrepancy in their music. Their single "Complete Control" is an angsty, furious Punk anthem about the fact that recording companies and radios owned the airwaves and they determine and sell the most youth-appealing songs for money that the singers will never see a cent of, all just to cash in on the rebellious youth sentiment of the era.
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** * Music/TheClash for their part, acknowledged and dealt with this discrepancy in their music. Their single "Complete Control" is an angsty, furious Punk anthem about the fact that recording companies and radios owned the airwaves and they determine and sell the most youth-appealing songs for money that the singers will never see a cent of, all just to cash in on the rebellious youth sentiment of the era.

*** Their song "Hate and War" also addressed this trope:
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*** Of course much later, Clash ran into controversy when they allowed one of their songs to be used by Jaguar. Joe Strummer defended this out of solidarity with the auto workers for Jaguar's factories who were suffering as a result of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's crackdown on manufacturing.
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*** ** Of course much later, Clash ran into controversy when they allowed one of their songs to be used by Jaguar. Joe Strummer defended this out of solidarity with the auto workers for Jaguar's factories who were suffering as a result of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's crackdown on manufacturing.

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*** Of course much later, Clash ran * Historically tapping into controversy when they allowed one of their songs populist sentiment has been a path to be used power for many generals, politicians and dictators: ** Creator/JuliusCaesar himself became a prominent politician by Jaguar. Joe Strummer defended this out of solidarity siding with the auto workers for Jaguar's factories who populares and promising the ordinary Roman citizen relief measures such as land redistribution, curbing down aristocratic privileges and providing them equality before the law. He used this populism and his military successes to become Dictator perpetuo. ** Both the English and American Revolutions were suffering led by noblemen and wealthy landowners who incited popular sentiment against their opponents and then propelled themselves to power. As Marx remarks above, the French Revolution began as a result reform movement among nobles. ** The UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution was led by Red Guards, young teenage kids who rebelled against the elders of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's crackdown Chinese society...under the orders of Chairman UsefulNotes/MaoZedong. Mao created a youth movement and street gangs to institute a ReignOfTerror and institute party discipline on manufacturing.the Communist party.
1st Feb '16 5:42:17 AM JulianLapostat
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* A huge inversion, as revealed in Gerald Jones' ''Men of Tomorrow'' is the fact that Superhero Comics, promoters of the establishment and American values originated in a comics business that began as a front for Probition era gangsters. The cheap pulp and print businesses that ran the predecessors of Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics was founded by Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano. The Founders of National Comics (and later DC), Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz had ties to the mob. In other words, gangsters are sticking up for the Man by telling kids that crime doesn't pay, while using the profits as a front for their illegal schemes. * Creator/MarvelComics in TheSixties under Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby became popular among college kids and protestors and made edgy comics that reflected the post-war contemporary spirit. They used the superhero genre to tell stories that were DarkerAndEdgier, psychological and reflected an outsider sensibility that appealed to freaks and loners, and at the end of the day. They parlayed this into a multi-million dollar merchandise heavy empire, the domination of the superhero genre and all that it entails over the alternative forms of comics that emerged in TheSixties.
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* A huge inversion, as revealed in Gerald Jones' ''Men of Tomorrow'' is the fact that Superhero Comics, promoters of the establishment and American values originated in a comics business that began as a front for Probition Prohibition era gangsters. The cheap pulp and print businesses that ran the predecessors of Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics was founded by Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano. The Founders of National Comics (and later DC), Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz had ties to the mob. In other words, gangsters are sticking up for the Man by telling kids that crime doesn't pay, while using the profits as a front for their illegal schemes. * Creator/MarvelComics in TheSixties under Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby became popular among college kids and protestors and made edgy comics that reflected the post-war contemporary spirit. They used the superhero genre to tell stories that were DarkerAndEdgier, psychological and reflected an outsider sensibility that appealed to freaks and loners, and at the end of the day.loners. They parlayed this into a multi-million dollar merchandise heavy empire, the domination of the superhero genre and all that it entails over the alternative forms of comics that emerged in TheSixties.

* A huge inversion, as revealed in Gerald Jones' ''Men of Tomorrow'' is Richard Hofstadter noted the fact presence of this trope. He argued that Superhero Comics, promoters of the establishment and American values originated in a comics history is fundamentally about consensus (with the single exception of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar) rather than polarization between pro-and-anti-business interests. In his book, ''The American Political Tradition'', Hofstadter noted that parties often present or dress up their platform on anti-capitalist themes while at the same time furthering business interests and tricking the public into believing that began as a front for Probition era gangsters. The cheap pulp and print businesses that ran they really are going to reform the predecessors system: --> ''The fierceness of Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics was founded by Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano. The Founders of National Comics (and later DC), Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz had ties to the mob. In other words, gangsters are sticking up political struggles has often been misleading: for the Man range of vision embraced by telling kids that crime doesn't pay, while using the profits as a front for their illegal schemes. * Creator/MarvelComics primary contestants in TheSixties under Creator/StanLee the major parties has always been bounded by the horizons of property and Creator/JackKirby became popular among college kids and protestors and made edgy comics that reflected the post-war contemporary spirit. They used the superhero genre to tell stories that were DarkerAndEdgier, psychological and reflected an outsider sensibility that appealed to freaks and loners, and at the end of the day. They parlayed this into a multi-million dollar merchandise heavy empire, the domination of the superhero genre and all that it entails over the alternative forms of comics that emerged in TheSixties.enterprise.''

* French literary critic Roland Barthes called this "Operation Margarine" in his book ''Mythologies''.
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* French literary critic Roland Barthes called this "Operation Margarine" in his book ''Mythologies''.''Mythologies'' and in the post-script he identifies the same point arrived by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter.

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* French literary critic Roland Barthes called this "Operation Margarine" Victorian novels often had rebellious protagonists who are unconventional, independent minded individualists who don't play by society's rules but nonetheless serve the Victorian establishment and UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. ** Creator/RudyardKipling was especially skillfull in his tapping into this, painting the colonies as a romantic and exotic retreat from the staid conservatism of the metropole. His ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' is about a plucky hero who blends in and out of different groups in UsefulNotes/{{India}} but ends up serving the British Secret Service. ** Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is about London's street kids and the world of the poor. It's protagonist was IncorruptiblePurePureness, a foundling raised in the slums by chance accident (aka someone meant to appeal to the Victorian middle-class readership) and yet the book ''Mythologies''.became popular among readers for its colourful working class characters and LowerClassLout villains. ** Literature/Sherlock Holmes by Creator/ArthurConanDoyle is another instance. He's a brilliant detective, representative of pure rationality, a bachelor who is socially eccentric and a drug addict, yet he is the very much a defender of Order in the fight between OrderVersusChaos and a upholder of British rationality.

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* French literary critic Roland Barthes called this "Operation Margarine" in his book ''Mythologies''.Franchise/AssassinsCreed is a franchise and gaming series that presents a sympathetic portrayal of proto-anarchists across history, yet its also a CashCowFranchise for Ubisoft with endless spin-offs and is now a multi-million dollar empire of its own.

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* ** This is in fact Creator/KarlMarx's original perspective on how dialectical materialism works. Capitalism has created the working class, and as a result of industrial demand created the conditions of future revolutions. As noted by Marx in the context of the 1857 Mutiny: --> '''Marx''': "There is something in human history like retribution; and it is a rule of historical retribution that its instrument be forged not by the offended, but by the offender himself. The first blow dealt the French literary critic Roland Barthes called this "Operation Margarine" in his book ''Mythologies''.monarch proceeded from the nobility, not from the peasants. The Indian revolt does not commence with the Ryots, tortured, dishonored and stripped naked by the British, but with the Sepoys, clad, fed, petted, fatted and pampered by them."
1st Feb '16 5:09:30 AM JulianLapostat
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May come about as the result of two competing incompatible functions of "The Man". For instance, "The Man" is often seen as representative of censorship and regulation. A company that makes billions out of manufactured edgy and offensive content would thus call upon people to "stand up" against censorship groups. However, being motivated by profit rather than altruism is also a characteristic of "The Man". (Think of it as the not-too-crucial distinction between traditional conservatism and libertarian conservatism, which at the end of the day tend to go hand in hand, [[AmericanPoliticalSystem at least in American culture]].) Remember that TropesAreTools. While there is inevitably going to be some inherent hypocrisy in almost any well known media talking out against The Man, it's also because of The Man that these works get such wide coverage in the first place. Furthermore, the creative minds behind many of these works aren't always part of the establishment. While some given corporation may be happy to let itself be insulted as long as they profit, the people who write those insults in the first place aren't necessarily part of the problem they criticize. Writers subject to excessive amounts of ExecutiveMeddling have just as much of a grudge against their corporate overlords as do most people.
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May come about as the result of two competing incompatible functions of "The Man". For instance, "The Man" is often seen as representative of censorship and regulation. A company that makes billions out of manufactured edgy and offensive content would thus call upon people to "stand up" against censorship groups. However, being motivated by profit rather than altruism is also a characteristic of "The Man". (Think of it as the not-too-crucial distinction between traditional conservatism and libertarian conservatism, which at the end of the day tend to go hand in hand, [[AmericanPoliticalSystem at least in American culture]].) ) Or more simply, an attempt by the industry to respond to [[SocietyMarchesOn changes in society]] and tensions of its time and appeal to the needs and sensibilities of the public, even if they themselves don't share the same inclinations. Their main concern is self-preservation, and changing with the times is a historically proven method. Remember that TropesAreTools. While there is inevitably going to be some inherent hypocrisy in almost any well known media talking out against The Man, it's also because of The Man that these works get such wide coverage in the first place. Furthermore, the creative minds behind many of these works aren't always part of the establishment. While some given corporation may be happy to let itself be insulted as long as they profit, the people who write those insults in the first place aren't necessarily part of the problem they criticize. Writers subject to excessive amounts of ExecutiveMeddling have just as much of a grudge against their corporate overlords as do most people. people. If only for the selfish motivation that they, the creators of the works, are not getting the attention and money that their contributions so assuredly deserve. Furthermore, the fact that the media at times might disagree with "the Man" is a sign of democracy and freedom of expression. After all, the countries where you don't see this percieved discrepancy is one where the State controls the Media. The media, even if it is part of an establishment, recognizes dissenting or alternative views in the audience. From a business perspective it makes sense, any alternative or dissenting perspective is a potential market, even if it is against the establishment. If it's a big enough demographic to make a profit, the media will produce work reflective of that perspective and addresses those emotions, and in the process, [[AssimilationPlot assimilate it into the general consensus]].

* Creator/MarvelComics in TheSixties under Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby became popular among college kids and protestors and made edgy comics that reflected the post-war contemporary spirit. They used the superhero genre to tell stories that were DarkerAndEdgier, psychological and reflected an outsider sensibility that appealed to freaks and loners, and at the end of the day. They parlayed this into a multi-million dollar merchandise heavy empire.
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* Creator/MarvelComics in TheSixties under Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby became popular among college kids and protestors and made edgy comics that reflected the post-war contemporary spirit. They used the superhero genre to tell stories that were DarkerAndEdgier, psychological and reflected an outsider sensibility that appealed to freaks and loners, and at the end of the day. They parlayed this into a multi-million dollar merchandise heavy empire. empire, the domination of the superhero genre and all that it entails over the alternative forms of comics that emerged in TheSixties.

* Throughout its long history, Hollywood has produced many films critical of American society, history, government and even American values. Indeed censorship and repression against Hollywood (UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist), happened in response to criticism by MoralGuardians. It must be noted that Hollywood did not begin as The Man, it was a place for producers and directors who were themselves either immigrants or the sons of immigrants, who themselves rooted for outsiders (at least at first). However, a series of bad experiences and constant paranoia over being absorbed by big corporations (which finally happened in TheSeventies) led to it making compromises with the Establishment. ** Warner Brothers was one of the smaller and lower-budget studios during TheThirties, and frequently dipped into this trope by setting themselves up as the gritty, populist alternative to the star-studded musicals of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the '30s, when a lot of people were working very hard and seeing no benefits to their lives, a criticism of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps optimism of capitalism]] could made pots of money. Money that went to executives at Warner Brothers. It's hard to say whether the studio genuinely cared about the issue or not. *** ''Film/LittleCaesar'', a gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, has been read as a critique of capitalism, with a plot eerily resembling Andrew Carnegie's advice on how to get rich, except with, you know, organized crime. *** ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' is a double-whammy here. Primarily, the film's goal is to unapologetically target the cruelty, corruption, and racism of the chain gang penal systems still in use in many Southern states. This made it a very popular film among black audiences, whose money was as green as anyone else's.
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* Throughout its long history, Hollywood has produced many films critical of American society, history, government and even American values. Indeed censorship Censorship and repression against Hollywood Repression (UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist), happened in response to criticism by MoralGuardians. It must be noted that Hollywood MoralGuardians who hated Hollywood, which did not at first begin as The Man, it Man. It was a place for producers and directors who were themselves either immigrants or the sons of immigrants, who themselves rooted for outsiders (at least at first). first) who understood the American and global public well. However, a series of bad experiences and constant paranoia over being absorbed by big corporations (which finally happened in TheSeventies) led to it making when possible they made compromises with the Establishment. ** Warner Brothers was one of the smaller and lower-budget studios during TheThirties, and frequently dipped into this trope by setting themselves up as the gritty, populist alternative to the star-studded musicals of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the '30s, when a lot of people were working very hard and seeing no benefits to their lives, a criticism of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps optimism of capitalism]] could made pots of money. Money that went to executives at Warner Brothers. It's hard to say whether the studio genuinely cared about the issue or not. *** ''Film/LittleCaesar'', a gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, has been read as a critique of capitalism, with a plot eerily resembling Andrew Carnegie's advice on how to get rich, except with, you know, organized crime. *** ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' is a double-whammy here. Primarily, the film's goal is to unapologetically target the cruelty, corruption, and racism of the chain gang penal systems still in use in many Southern states. This made it a very popular film among black audiences, whose money was as green as anyone else's. Establishment.

* Throughout its long history, Hollywood has produced many ** An example of Hollywood's attempt to cash in on leftist and populist causes is the fact that in the early 30s (the era of TheGreatDepression, aka "capitalism in crisis"), Creator/SergeiEisenstein, the star film-maker of the Soviet Union and the director of Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin was invited on a contract to make films with Hollywood. Eisenstein accepted and proposed to make films on Literature/AnAmericanTragedy, however an anti-semitic and anti-communist backlash led Paramount to cancel the deal and provide Eisenstein return tickets. ** Creator/FrankCapra made successful movies in TheThirties that championed "the little guy". Films like ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington, Film/MeetJohnDoe'', ''American Madness'' and later in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' (which was a failure) had a banker as a cackling villain. Yet Joseph [=McBride=], Capra's biographer, points out that the director was personally conservative, critical of American society, history, government Franklin D. Roosevelt and even American values. Indeed censorship kept a bust of Mussolini in his office, and repression against Hollywood (UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist), happened in response to criticism by MoralGuardians. It must be noted that Hollywood did not begin as The Man, basically invoked populist themes because it was a place for producers the tenor of its times and directors who were themselves either immigrants or the sons of immigrants, who themselves rooted for outsiders (at least at first). However, a series of bad experiences and constant paranoia over being absorbed by big corporations (which finally happened in TheSeventies) led to it making compromises with the Establishment. made his films very profitable. ** Warner Brothers was one of the smaller and lower-budget studios during TheThirties, and frequently dipped into this trope by setting themselves up as the gritty, populist alternative to the star-studded musicals of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the '30s, when a lot of people were working very hard and seeing no benefits to their lives, a criticism of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps optimism of capitalism]] could made pots of money. Money that went to executives at Warner Brothers. It's hard to say whether the studio genuinely cared about the issue or not. *** ''Film/LittleCaesar'', a gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, has been read as a critique of capitalism, with a plot eerily resembling Andrew Carnegie's advice on how to get rich, except with, you know, organized crime. *** ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' is a double-whammy here. Primarily, the film's goal is to unapologetically target the cruelty, corruption, and racism of the chain gang penal systems still in use in many Southern states. This made it a very popular film among black audiences, whose money was as green as anyone else's.

* Throughout its long history, Hollywood has produced many films critical of American society, history, government Creator/FrankTashlin's Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt showed this. TheFifties Rock and even American values. Indeed censorship Roll era was basically run by gangsters from TheThirties who turned legitimate. One of the gangsters, played by Edmond O'Brien wants to cash in on the youth market by launching his own pop sensation and repression against Hollywood (UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode finds out his ex-rival now runs the big music company. At the end of film, Edmond O'Brien becomes a rising pop star himself and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist), happened in response to criticism by MoralGuardians. It must be noted his rival is so impressed with his success, that Hollywood did not begin as The Man, it was a place for producers he hires him and directors who were themselves either immigrants or the sons of immigrants, who themselves rooted for outsiders (at least at first). However, gives him a series of bad experiences and constant paranoia over being absorbed by big corporations (which finally happened in TheSeventies) led to it making compromises contract, because hey, he's a hit with the Establishment. ** Warner Brothers was one of the smaller and lower-budget studios during TheThirties, and frequently dipped into this trope by setting themselves up as the gritty, populist alternative to the star-studded musicals of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the '30s, when a lot of people were working very hard and seeing no benefits to their lives, a criticism of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps optimism of capitalism]] could made pots of money. Money that went to executives at Warner Brothers. It's hard to say whether the studio genuinely cared about the issue or not. *** ''Film/LittleCaesar'', a gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, has been read as a critique of capitalism, with a plot eerily resembling Andrew Carnegie's advice on how to get rich, except with, you know, organized crime. *** ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' is a double-whammy here. Primarily, the film's goal is to unapologetically target the cruelty, corruption, and racism of the chain gang penal systems still in use in many Southern states. This made it a very popular film among black audiences, whose money was as green as anyone else's.kids.

* Tom Wolfe coined the phrase "radical chic" to describe rich establishment liberals who support radical groups like the Black Panthers by donating money or hosting parties for them, just so long that they don't [[NotInMyBackyard actually have to do anything that would affect their upper class lifestyle]]. The phrase first appeared in an article Wolfe wrote for New York magazine titled "Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's", which was reprinted in ''Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers'' and ''The Purple Decades''.
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* Tom Wolfe coined the phrase "radical chic" to describe rich establishment liberals who support radical groups like the Black Panthers by donating money or hosting parties for them, just so long that they don't [[NotInMyBackyard actually have to do anything that would affect their upper class lifestyle]]. The phrase first appeared in an article Wolfe wrote for New York magazine titled "Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's", which was reprinted in ''Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers'' and ''The Purple Decades''.[[note]]This book was highly criticized by later writers who noted that Wolfe was unfair to Leonard Bernstein and the Panthers[[/note]]

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* Tom Wolfe coined ** Of course, if you listen to Johnny Rotten of the phrase "radical chic" to describe rich establishment liberals who support radical groups like the Black Panthers by donating money or hosting parties for them, just so long Music/SexPistols, he will argue that they don't [[NotInMyBackyard the original punk movement was a StagedPopulistUprising by BourgeoisBohemian who have no idea what the working class actually wants. Rotten disagreed with Malcolm [=McLaren=] for his promotional schemes and he regarded most of the punk movement as middle-class wannabes, including Music/PattiSmith and Music/TheClash. From his perspective, he was the only true working class punk rocker and he sees no problems with making a living as a musician and no contradiction with lending his songs for commercial airwaves, because he never saw himself as a revolutionary nor did he want to be. ** Music/TheClash for their part, acknowledged and dealt with this discrepancy in their music. Their single "Complete Control" is an angsty, furious Punk anthem about the fact that recording companies and radios owned the airwaves and they determine and sell the most youth-appealing songs for money that the singers will never see a cent of, all just to cash in on the rebellious youth sentiment of the era. --> "Complete control/even over this song" *** Their song "Hate and War" also addressed this trope: --> "An' if I close my eyes\\ They will not go away\\ You have to do anything that would affect deal with it\\ It is the currency *** Of course much later, Clash ran into controversy when they allowed one of their upper class lifestyle]]. The phrase first appeared in an article Wolfe wrote songs to be used by Jaguar. Joe Strummer defended this out of solidarity with the auto workers for New York magazine titled "Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's", which was reprinted in ''Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers'' and ''The Purple Decades''.Jaguar's factories who were suffering as a result of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's crackdown on manufacturing.

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* Tom Wolfe coined Music/TheRollingStones were seen in TheSixties as the phrase "radical chic" rebellious alternatives to describe rich establishment liberals who support radical groups like Music/TheBeatles, yet the Black Panthers by donating money or hosting parties for them, just so long that they don't [[NotInMyBackyard actually have to do anything that would affect Stones were more middle-class in their upper class lifestyle]]. upbringing than the Beatles (who really were [[WorkingClassHero working-class Liverpudlians]]). Their bad boy pose was deliberately created as an alternative to The phrase first appeared in an article Wolfe wrote Beatles. Their own music was quite honest about their tapping into youth sentiment for New York magazine titled "Radical Chic: That Party at Lenny's", which was reprinted in ''Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing popular themes: --> ''Ev'rywhere I hear the Flak Catchers'' sound of marching, charging feet, boy\\ Cause summer's here and ''The Purple Decades''.the time is right for fighting in the street, boy\\ But what can a poor boy do\\ Except to sing for a rock 'n' roll band\\ Cause in sleepy London town\\ There's just no place for a street fighting man''
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[[folder:Comic Books]] * A huge inversion, as revealed in Gerald Jones' ''Men of Tomorrow'' is the fact that Superhero Comics, promoters of the establishment and American values originated in a comics business that began as a front for Probition era gangsters. The cheap pulp and print businesses that ran the predecessors of Creator/DCComics and Creator/MarvelComics was founded by Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano. The Founders of National Comics (and later DC), Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz had ties to the mob. In other words, gangsters are sticking up for the Man by telling kids that crime doesn't pay, while using the profits as a front for their illegal schemes. * Creator/MarvelComics in TheSixties under Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby became popular among college kids and protestors and made edgy comics that reflected the post-war contemporary spirit. They used the superhero genre to tell stories that were DarkerAndEdgier, psychological and reflected an outsider sensibility that appealed to freaks and loners, and at the end of the day. They parlayed this into a multi-million dollar merchandise heavy empire. * Creator/AlanMoore is a self-proclaimed anarchist who came to fame while working for Creator/DCComics, writing works like ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' which criticized Reaganism, the UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki, mocked people's obsession with superheroes. Indeed, Moore's savviness with this trope and the success of the comic led him to quit mainstream comics. [[/folder]]

* Throughout its long history, Hollywood has produced many films critical of American society, history, government and even American values. Indeed censorship and repression against Hollywood (UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode and UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist), happened in response to criticism by MoralGuardians. It must be noted that Hollywood did not begin as The Man, it was a place for producers and directors who were themselves either immigrants or the sons of immigrants, who themselves rooted for outsiders (at least at first). However, a series of bad experiences and constant paranoia over being absorbed by big corporations (which finally happened in TheSeventies) led to it making compromises with the Establishment. ** Warner Brothers was one of the smaller and lower-budget studios during TheThirties, and frequently dipped into this trope by setting themselves up as the gritty, populist alternative to the star-studded musicals of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the '30s, when a lot of people were working very hard and seeing no benefits to their lives, a criticism of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps optimism of capitalism]] could made pots of money. Money that went to executives at Warner Brothers. It's hard to say whether the studio genuinely cared about the issue or not. *** ''Film/LittleCaesar'', a gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, has been read as a critique of capitalism, with a plot eerily resembling Andrew Carnegie's advice on how to get rich, except with, you know, organized crime. *** ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' is a double-whammy here. Primarily, the film's goal is to unapologetically target the cruelty, corruption, and racism of the chain gang penal systems still in use in many Southern states. This made it a very popular film among black audiences, whose money was as green as anyone else's. ** Creator/OrsonWelles made a big-budget studio film called ''Film/CitizenKane'' that attacked UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, yellow journalism, and said that CapitalismIsBad. William Randolph Hearst, powerful press baron was angered by its percieved libel to the extent he sabotaged the film's release, teaching Hollywood and Welles a lesson in trying to enforce this trope too far. * The UsefulNotes/NewHollywood was the golden age for this trope. This era saw big budget films critical of American life, mocking religious values, the nuclear family, capitalism, American imperialism and all of them made by the establishment. Films from this era include: Film/TheGodfather, Film/{{Chinatown}}, Film/{{Nashville}}, Film/TheParallaxView.

* Warner Brothers was one of the smaller and lower-budget studios during TheThirties, and frequently dipped into this trope by setting themselves up as the gritty, populist alternative to the star-studded musicals of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the '30s, when a lot of people were working very hard and seeing no benefits to their lives, a criticism of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps optimism of capitalism]] could made pots of money. Money that went to executives at Warner Brothers. ** ''Film/LittleCaesar'', a gangster film starring Edward G. Robinson, has been read as a critique of capitalism, with a plot eerily resembling Andrew Carnegie's advice on how to get rich, except with, you know, organized crime. ** ''Film/IAmAFugitiveFromAChainGang'' is a double-whammy here. Primarily, the film's goal is to unapologetically target the cruelty, corruption, and racism of the chain gang penal systems still in use in many Southern states. This made it a very popular film among black audiences, whose money was as green as anyone else's. It's hard to say whether the studio genuinely cared about the issue or not.

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** Around the same time Coca-Cola also introduced [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruitopia Fruitopia]], which used a more gentle version of the trope. Its marketing had a heavy NewAgeRetroHippie vibe, with the implication that Fruitopia's main concern was helping you achieve self-actualization, and only incidentally were they also in the soft drink business. After a few years they dropped the campaign and had a more conventional rebranding, but it didn't help sales and it ultimately got scrapped in the US market (it's still sold in Canada).
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