Episode 3-15: Capitalist Ideology and Kids Movies

In this episode, Tony, Thad, and I discuss how capitalist ideology finds it’s way into culture and analyze the children’s film “Bee Movie” as an example.

Capitalist Ideology and Kids’ Movies (54MB, 60 minutes)



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6 Responses to Episode 3-15: Capitalist Ideology and Kids Movies

  1. The Angler says:

    Thanks for the mention of Eugene Hirshfeld’s blog, “Marxist Theory of Art”. Also, I took my son to see “Bee Movie” when it came out in the theater and I recall the “subtext”, the commentary on modern capitalist society. I don’t know that I want to go back and watch the movie again, but sometimes I wonder about such entertainments, if there might not be some stinging barb lodged in the satire. Clearly, these spectacles are a product of the culture industry, but they could also be veiled critiques of the ideology of the ruling class. I don’t remember the details of the movie well-enough to engage in a more substantive discussion of this point, but perhaps there is Marxist subtext coated in capitalist honey?

  2. Thanks for mentioning my blog, which people can visit at
    I enjoyed your discussion!

  3. No military in socialism?.. How can you analyze a movie as a Marxist and not understand revolutionary proletarian authority?

    • I would say that the idea of revolutionary proletarian authority is more Leninist than Marxist. I’m not going to get into it right about this because an upcoming episode will deal with this as we have more of a discussion about State and Revolution, so check that one out to get more on revolutionary proletarian authority.

      • That’s silly. Both Marx and Engels have emphasized how important this is. It’s hardly Leninist, not that there’s anything wrong with Leninism. Read the essay “On Authority” by Engels, or anything else that focuses on the practical character of the revolution.

  4. Jesse says:

    Interesting episode. Snowpiercer would be another good movie to review.

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