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Allowing vigilantes free-reign is really a grotesque and absurd act. One need only look at the madness going on in the Philippines to see how ugly it really is when a government gives vigilantes total freedom.

Superheroes are an absurd fantasy in which Duterte thinking is somehow correct, and those who want to bring vigilantes under democratic control and accountability are somehow horrible monsters.

In reality Duterte's allowing vigilantes to run amok makes him a child, not a glorious champion of the public's freedom to act heroically.

As Bill Maher points out, superheroes are rooted in something childish in the public; a desire to have someone strong push past all the complexity and just smash the baddies.

Now all this may make it seem like a hate superheroes. I don't. I enjoy the genre despite knowing that on certain level it is mental cotton-candy. It's only when they flirt with deconstructing this trope, but then rush back and pretend that champions of Duterte-thinking are the good-guys after all, thus demonizing and strawmanning all the characters they had voice the anti-Duterte-thoughts in the first place, that I find myself hating the people in control of the genre.

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