Clint Eastwood's Sniper, and the American Messiah

January 27, 2015 4:27 PM

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An oft neglected basic observation missed on the right and the left: virtues require a narrative and a context. For example: the Golden Rule -- do unto others as you would have them do unto you -- works quite well in a sado-masochist community. Or so Jim McClendon once rightly observed.

In other words, the content of all the virtues, and the moniker "hero," are dependent upon who is telling the contextual story. And this brings me to American Sniper, which could have been more forthrightly named "American Hero," because it is a story about the way in which America sees itself, and ...

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