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Nov 222013

  • William H. Stoddard

    I haven’t seen the NBC production; I rarely watch anything on television. But it struck me some years ago that Dracula could very easily be read as a story of the shift from feudalism to capitalism. On one side you have the wicked feudal lord draining the very blood of the peasantry; on the other you have a kind of joint stock company made up of a British nobleman, a British solicitor and his wife, a British doctor, a Dutch doctor, and an American adventurer—practically a perfect cross section of the social milieu of international capitalism. And they make use of advanced technology and especially of modern transportation (steamships and railroads) to defeat their foe!

    • c_andrew

      Hi Bill, I think that would be an intriguing rewrite of the novel. But from the two episodes I saw of the series – it was getting a little too baroque for my taste – it looked like the nominal “capitalists” were being presented as the real bloodsuckers. And of course there is some occult (in the sense of being concealed AND possibly supernatural) conspiracy that seems to be on the side of the evil capitalists. And that the blood debt he is attempting to collect from these same capitalists has somehow been transmitted down from a church sanctioned murder (burning at the stake) to these Edwardian businessmen. So once again, it appears that capitalism and religion are on the same side. At least in this series’ conjecture.

  • John Pryce

    I have to say I don’t feel much sympathy for #8. Women had time for everything related to their family before they decided they wanted jobs too; or more accurately, were bullied into believing they SHOULD want jobs by a political movement that wanted to break up families. Accepting the consequences of one’s choices is part of being a responsible adult; choosing not to be a homemaker means that these women don’t have the time they want to have, but that is 100% due to their own choices. No expectation was ever made that women ought to be able to do all of those family things AND have an out-of-home job as well, except for the fellow-travelers of feminists (the radical feminists themselves generally didn’t spare any thought to family, including their own real children).

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