I finally watched Mad Max; Fury Road yesterday, and it was awesome of course. (Why did it take so long? Welcome to parenthood, folks.)
The parallels between Immortan Joe with his War Boys and fascists like 45 and the alt-right was pretty on the nose, at least looking at it now. And of course, that between him and the leaders of Gasoline Town and the Bullet Farm, we get the “ones who killed the world”: Capitalism, war, and patriarchy. (The War Boys are totally toxic masculinity embodied.)
But I also kept thinking about how this whole genre — post-apoc — is incredibly libertarian/capitalist, which is probably obvious. I mean, of course we know that faced with those conditions humanity will naturally devolve into might-makes-right, everyone armed to the teeth and out for themselves, right? Never mind that history generally has shown that humans almost never do that, hence the reason we’re all still here.
Is the genre a mix of worrying about the end state of the military-industrial complex and reinforcing that mindset, since it always resurfaces in the dystopias?
Is there post-apoc fiction where everyone bands together and rebuilds, all kumbaya-style?