Monday, August 4, 2014


Over at the VISUP blog, Recluse presents the fifth and final installment of his excellent, thought-provoking series, Dr. Strangelove: A Strange and Terrible Glimpse Into the Deep State. It begins thusly:

Welcome to the fifth and final installment in my ongoing examination of Stanley Kubrick's classic "nightmare comedy" Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. During the first part of this series I briefly ran down some of the popular conspiracy theories surrounding Kubrick as well as addressing an incident that occurred during the Cuban missile crisis that may have partly inspired Strangelove. With the second installment I addressed the characters in terms of both their symbolism and real life inspirations (as well as noting interesting tidbits about the individuals who played them, such as the fact that actor Sterling Hayden had been an OSS asset during WWII).
With the third and fourth installments I began to address the film's plot line, leaving off with General Jack D. Ripper (Hayden)'s musings to Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) on fluoridation. This post as well as prior installments are written with the assumption that the reader is both familiar with Dr. Strangelove's plot line as well as prior installments in this series. If the reader is not it is strongly recommended that they remedy this situation before continuing as to appreciate this post to its fullest. And it probably goes without saying, but this installment (as well as all the others) are very spoiler heavy.
Now with these disclaimers out of the way let us pick up with Ripper's celebrated explanation of where his theories concerning fluoridation as a communist plot derived from...
Read it all, as it's all we're getting!

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