Having trouble sleeping, so I decided to do a little tab-clearing, and read this article many people have taken a shine to.
All I could think of was this:
The soapbox of The Day the Earth Stood Still was the fear of Nuclear total-war. I can relate to that fear. World War II had just closed with the dropping of two atomic bombs, it was natural to assume that any time the US felt challenged we’d simply drop more nukes until we got our way, or, more likely, the planet died.
Now I’m not 100% familiar with the Hollywood Blacklist of the 1950s which supposedly was created to shame Communists and Communist-Sympathizers. I have no idea what the real significance of hiring blacklisted Sam Jaffe as one of the supporting cast was, but it seems to be mentioned in almost every article written about this film. (And given that it is probably the Citizen Kane of Sci-Fi films, there are quite a few).
Still Kaatu’s speech, and the overall theme of the film reeks of totalitarianism, and in the 20th Century (and seemingly going strong in the 21st) the leading totalitarianism was Marxism. The ultra-smart, advanced, and totally benevolent Alien comes to earth in an atomic spacecraft with a robot that can crush skulls and melt tanks, warning people that if they don’t give up nuclear weapons the entire planet will be destroyed….but they are a peaceful race without need for weapons…
The scary part of the speech is its said and presented without the slightest hint of irony. Whoever wrote that, and certainly the director, must have been true believers to not notice that Klaatu was BRUTALLY violent on his stay on Earth, and the races of “The Other Worlds” must indeed have weapons if they can threaten to destroy a planet…not to mention Gort himself.
This article seems about the same. “Super Benevolent Aliens” will wipe out humanity. Not one bit of irony at all.
This of course is no different than Terrestrial Marxists, where one submits to the party, or one is “Re-educated”, which may or may-not include a bullet to the head.
Of course such childish brutality is passed off as “Enlightenment”, and “Progressive”.
Not on my watch, Klaatu!