Before I venture more directly into this movie’s theme, let us first realize that the time slots that had low viewership back then was because most people went outside to socialize, do activities, invent, accomplish, and live. Today, dreaming and living, has been slowly dying on the living room sofa or in a worn out Sacco chair on the floor, aka bean bag chair. (Which by the way, was designed by three Italian friends in 1968 sharing ideas face to face and backed by the Italian design company Zanotta.)
Now let us look at this movie that nobody cared for or believed stood any chance of coming true. Below is the movie plot, does anything sound…???
Twenty years after the American people have been told that oil has run out and disease has scared them into complacency, the United States has become a fascist state. Amidst the resulting chaos and general panic, democracy collapsed, and a totalitarian cabal seized power. The new dictatorship outlawed private ownership and use of all automobiles, boats and aircraft, on the pretext that an even bigger crisis, the depletion of fossil fuel supplies, was imminent. The loss of other personal freedoms followed, and a mass surveillance system now monitors private citizens' every move.
A former race car driver named Franklyn Hart, (Lee Majors) now a puppet spokesman for public transportation, rebuilds his race car and sets off to California from Boston where people have returned to living life like they were twenty years prior.
Who would think that not just one, but all items in this movie have or are coming true. Not so much in the way the movie depicted, but nevertheless, in the way we are all too familiar with today. Well, except for the part about California leading the way back to freedom. The fact remains that California started down the wrong road when former Governors accepted "support" from a fuel company, shut down the state's last two nuclear plants and helped stop clean, safe, 4th generation Nuclear power plants as a transition to perhaps Hydrogen Fuel Cells running off of water to make clean energy on demand, such as the Fuel Cells on the Space Shuttles.
Our leaders then and now are NOT educating us and providing us with long term solutions. They are placing upon us the systems that make themselves the fastest and largest amount of money while securing their positions. End result, no long term solutions, more harm to the environment and a depletion of individual dignity. We the people are the solutions and we have to self educate ourselves with all the facts. We can start by not believing the lies being told through the process of omission.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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