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The expendables 2


Men & Tyrants
Some notes on the emergence of heroes in the foundations of countries

The island where our story takes place first appears when the two heroes do reconnaissance; then when they come to fight. The first view is dispassionate, professional. The men & women there are not our friends or countrymen. We see fear & cowardice in their faces, movements, screams & silence: This is slavery.

To understand that freedom & slavery are alternatives is to ask: Are heroes possible anymore? This is a warning to America: The decline of the arts of war necessarily means the barbarization of free men. On this island, only those with arms can be free: This island is the world as such.

In America as well war has been replaced by a kind of slavery: Bureaucracy. Bureaucrats are worse than most tyrants, for their power is in principle unlimited. It is true that they do not kill. But like all tyrants, bureaucrats hate men. Necessity might excuse tyranny in general: The general tyrannizing his country may not be the worst man; the island may have offered no preferable alternative. No necessity can excuse bureaucratic tyranny, which stifles the very virtues required for war & therefore for survival.

Leaving the island, our heroes destroy what they can of the tyrant’s army. The power of war is unleashed now. The good & the bad can no longer live together & they are all armed to the teeth. Our heroes will return & blow everything up. They avenge the dead because they dwell with death. They alone have to decide constantly about life & death. Heroes have a home only if they can defend it. Otherwise, they will find something to destroy. Our heroes have found an evil man & will return evil unto him.

Action movies are supposed to be blockbusters, but this one cannot be a blockbuster, because it brings back action movie stars & places them in their home world. They finally are allowed to take their places in the hierarchy of manliness which men always emphasize. This is therefore the least creative, least original story you likely will see, & the only movie concerning justice.

This story shows us the twilight of heroes; it does not make more heroes. Now we see that justice is redemption; that the choices & opinions by which men live must always consider death & war; that when good & bad stand in the balance, men must choose nobility or destroy it. This is the making of a soul; poetry serves as its defender in speech. The greatest poetry offers images of the heroes who defend soul with their deeds. The return in speech to a forest island is necessary because the return to the origins of justice is necessary.