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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. JohnB
    November 4, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

    "The 'functionaries' are their slaves. (Sadly, they are portrayed as rudimentary and stupid.)"

    Isn't that the point, though? They are seen as mere beasts of burden, animals, subhumans. What would they know or even want of such things such as pleasure and leisure?

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  2. Jack Graham
    November 5, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    That's the problem. By depicting the Functionaries as grunting idiots, the show actually supports the Inter-Minoran claim that they are fit for nothing but service and obedience. There are other things in the story that contradict this a bit, but its still a shame. It undermines the imminent critique somewhat… as does that fact that none of the non-whites on the ship get characterised at all.

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