The Ludovico Technique and the War on Terror

The true War on Terror has never been a question of oil mongering, inherent xenophobia, or a battle between dogmatic fundamentalists. The truth is that George W. Bush simply watched Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 masterpiece A Clockwork Orange and had an epiphany.

In the film, homicidal sociopath Alex DeLarge, chooses to participate in a controversial new program which, upon completion, will assure his immediate release from prison. The program is designed to test the effectiveness of a fictional process called the Ludovico Technique. The idea behind the Ludovico Technique is that when exposed to enough negative stimuli the patient becomes predisposed to a certain type of behavior. The process also renders the patient physically incapable of violence (Alex becomes horribly sick whenever he has a violent thought.)

Now don’t be surprised if all of this seems vaguely familiar, it would seem that the government and the media are placing us in a somewhat similar position. Since September 11 we have been forced to endure a barrage of red, yellow, and green terror levels (courtesy of the Homeland Security Advisory System) conveniently designed to let us know exactly how scared to be on any given day. We have borne the weight of a war in Afghanistan, a war in Iraq, as well as the prospect of a war with Iran. We have all seen one too many photos of dismembered children and deceased civilians. Families torn apart, countries destroyed, all of which continually passes through our collective consciousness via our television screens.

Within this context lies the real success of the war on terror. The Ludovico Technique has been successfully applied in the non-fiction world. I think I speak for all of us when I say enough is enough. The violence is literally making us sick.

~ by Alberto Ramos Cordero on October 29, 2007.

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