The Disney-Pixar film WALL-E is an assault on modern civilization, writes Gennady Stolyarov, borne of deep economic and historical ignorance. First, it makes the Marxian assumption that it would be possible for a single corporation to subsume the entire world. Then the movie shows humanity seeking salvation in abandoning a sustainable automatic food production system — which had apparently worked without fail for seven centuries — and suddenly resorting to traditional agriculture.
The creators of WALL-E, sitting in their comfortable Hollywood studios, do a tremendous disservice to the civilization that made their work and high standards of living possible. They glorify a lifestyle that would likely have killed them — and countless others — had it actually been revived.