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Table Of Contents

Introduction
Human Nature
The State of Nature—Hobbesian Roots
Fear
Greed
Competition and Belligerence—The Race of Life
State of Nature—Rousseau
To Serve Man
Freedom and Conformity
The Individual and the State
Capital Punishment
Justice and the Law
Does Size Matter?
Automata—I Sing the Body Electric
Fascism and Modernity
The Bandstand and the Swimming Pool
The Cold War
Prejudice
Nuclear War
Alienation
Magic
The Allegory of the Cave
Conclusion
Bibliography
Twilight Zone Episode Guide
Index
About the Author
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Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling

Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling

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Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling examines the political themes in The Twilight Zone. In this unique show, Rod Serling used fantasy and the supernatural to explore political ideas such as capital punishment, the individual and the state, war, conformity, the state of nature, prejudice, and alienation. He used aliens and machines to understand human nature. While the themes in The Twilight Zone often reflected political concerns of the time, like the Cold War and post-industrial technology, the messages had broader political implications. This book looks at Serling's mechanistic view of the world and emphasis on fear through Hobbesian themes like diffidence and automata.
Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling examines the political themes in The Twilight Zone. In this unique show, Rod Serling used fantasy and the supernatural to explore political ideas such as capital punishment, the individual and the state, war, conformity, the state of nature, prejudice, and alienation. He used aliens and machines to understand human nature. While the themes in The Twilight Zone often reflected political concerns of the time, like the Cold War and post-industrial technology, the messages had broader political implications. This book looks at Serling's mechanistic view of the world and emphasis on fear through Hobbesian themes like diffidence and automata.

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