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Subj: Re: One of the worst enemies of Iron Man, a well-known name among fans and, yet, often forgotten as one of the greatest foes ...
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 at 06:00:50 pm EST (Viewed 182 times)
Reply Subj: Re: One of the worst enemies of Iron Man, a well-known name among fans and, yet, often forgotten as one of the greatest foes ...
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 at 05:41:18 pm EST (Viewed 170 times)



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      Part of the reason the Iron Man comic has often lost its way is the tendency to want to forget the capitalist and focus only on the inventor.

    I find the opposite. Focusing on the capitalist was killing Stark before the movies came out. He had become this dry businessman/politician who only worked as the villain in other people's stories.


That's because the writers don't get the capitalist side. "Dry businessman/politician" isn't necessary, it's just what these writers did. Howard Hughes wasn't dry. Real capitalists aren't dry. They're full of passion. "Let's build a railroad!" "Let's build a suspennsion bridge!" "Let's build a telecommunications network!" There's nothing dry about any of that. It's adventurous and bold and bigger than life. It's the spirit of the conqueror turned productive and pro-social.



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      If capitalism had a conscience it would be Tony Stark.


    Capitalism with a conscience isn't capitalism. It is literally the fiduciary responsibility of those running corporations to behave as tribalist sociopaths. If they don't, they are either fired, or simply lose the financial competition to those who ARE willing to behave as tribalist sociopaths. Consequently, a conscience can only be imposed on capitalism from outside, in the form of regulation that applies to everyone. A self-imposed conscience from a capitalist is financial suicide, which is why, in the absence of regulation, capitalism quickly deteriorates into monopolies and oligopolies behaving monstrously.


Unless your name is Tony Stark. That's my whole point. Think about what you wrote and then realize Tony defies every word of it. He will defeat these soulless sociopaths. He will build the best and the biggest and the boldest and he will do it without sacrificing his soul. He will stand with clean hands and watch the bloody-handed ones slink into the shadows in defeat. That is his heroism when not in the armor. He represents an ideal we sorely need. That's why I said "if" - "if" - capitalism had a conscience it would be Tony Stark. Even if he weren't Iron Man, he would be one of the greatest men on Earth.

Do any Marvel writers comprehend what I'm saying? No, probably not. But that's their failure, not mine.

I think maybe Chuck Dixon could write the Iron Man who lives in my imagination. Also possibly Dan Jurgens.















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