Ten Fictional Movie Premises More Plausible Than Trickle Down Economics
Are We Really Going To Try Trickle Down Economics Again? Seriously?
Einstein famously defined insanity as trying the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. And in the case of conservatives and their love of Reaganomics — trickle down economics — they’ve rather consistently proven they’re crazy and stupid.
The Trump Administration wheeled out yet another in a long series of failed Reaganomics efforts today, offering up huge tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations in the hopes that their bonus wealth will “trickle down” onto the rest of us.
Of course, the theory of trickle down economics has never, ever worked, and always results in huge budget deficits and recessions and worse, but these are alt-right people we’re talking about here; these aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed.
I could throw together a lengthy, pedantic, dull piece on economics, but nobody would read it. And the people who would need to read it the most? They wouldn’t understand it. So in an effort to dumb this topic down as much as humanly possible, I’ve decided to list off 10 fictional movie plots, many from science fiction and fantasy films, which are considerably more plausible than the notion of trickle down economics ever actually working in the real world. They may not absorb facts or statistics, so maybe alt-right conservatives can wrap their brains around this? Let’s find out.
Ten Movie Premises More Realistic Than Trickle Down Economics
1. The Matrix
This legendary sci-fi trilogy envisions a world where the human race is enslaved by robots and used as batteries, all while being forced into the ultimate virtual reality simulator… the world as we know it.
The scariest part of this movie however isn’t watching Keanu Reeves’ acting, as one might expect. It’s that some members of the science community — including real-life Tony Stark and Tesla founder Elon Musk — believe that “the Matrix” might actually be real. They theorize that we’re all just hyper-advanced artificial intelligence living inside a “Matrix”-like virtual reality world. And you thought his hyperloop idea was bonkers?
2. The Terminator
In James Cameron’s seminal sci-fi thriller franchise, a robot from a dystopiate future is sent back in time to 1983 to kill a woman who later gives birth to an anti-robot resistance leader. Today, we live in a world packed with robots and artificial intelligence programs affecting nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Our society has become utterly reliant on our technology. Is it plausible that our tech will one day turn on the human race and enslave us all? Maybe… and it’s way more likely than trickle down economics ever working in the real world.
3. Star Wars
Lightsabers, epic space battles,
Dick Cheney Darth Vader… The Star Wars franchise is easily and indisputably the most popular offering in contemporary science fiction. But how does it compare with trickle down economics?
Telekinesis-controlled robotic prosthetics have existed for many years already, which is sort of like “using the Force” to control artificial limbs. It’s not quite the same as lifting a Mazda off the ground with your mind, but hey, it’s kinda close, right? And that covers Luke Skywalker’s artificial hand, too.
Back in 2013, researchers at Harvard and MIT accidentally discovered how to make real-life lightsabers, so we can add that one to the list. And the concept of weaponizing space is well within our technological grasp already… it’s just a matter of some government doing the unthinkable and actually building space fighters.
4. Star Trek
A rather famous element of Star Trek’s creative universe is their use of teleportation devices. But are those ever going to be real? Thanks to the theory of quantum entanglement, teleportation is actually somewhat plausible. Researchers are still a long way off from instantly delivering that exercise bike you’ll never use that you ordered from Amazon, but yes, teleportation is more realistic than trickle down economics.
5. Total Recall
In this classic Arnold Schwarzenegger film, a regular guy living a dull live on Earth goes on a virtual reality vacation where he experiences the thrills of being a secret agent on Mars.
Video game technology has already presented us with nearly photorealistic imagery and sound effects, and there are already virtual reality products you can buy today to enhance your gaming experiences, like Oculus Rift, Sony VR, Hive HTC, and others. And a number of companies, including Google and Apple, are working on developing augmented reality products, which in the future could potentially bring video game adventures into your everyday life. These are pretty exciting times to live in if you’re a video game aficionado. So yes, the premise of Total Recall is surprisingly realistic.
6. Enter The Dragon
In this classic kung fu action movie, Bruce Lee travels to a remote island owned by a billionaire who arranges gladiator-like fights to the death. If the Koch Brothers don’t already own a secluded top-secret island where they watch people fight to the death for money, I’ll eat a shoe. Well, maybe not a shoe. I’ll eat at Wendy’s. And for me, that’s way worse.
7. Back To The Future
Is time travel possible? some scientists say it is, but generally it’s accepted by the science community that it’s not. But according to the multiverse theory, it may be possible for humans to one day travel to alternate dimensions, and who knows… maybe one of those dimensions is set in the past, and you might get to help your parents hook up after a school dance to conceive you. Gross.
Fun fact: Back To The Future was set in 1985 and 1955… 30 years apart. If they rebooted and modernized that franchise in 2017, Marty McFly would travel back in time to 1987. Sorry for making you feel old.
8. Every Movie About Zombies Ever
Is it possible that a manmade virus might turn regular humans into shambling brain-munching undead zombies? Yes, it actually is. Zombies may not exist today, but it’s certainly plausible that a neurotropic virus might cause bizarre human behavior, including the desire to eat other people. But hey, you’ve seen Trump rallies on television, right? We already knew braindead zombies exist.
9. Every Movie About Aliens Ever
There’s no scientific evidence yet that alien life exists outside of our solar system. But Earth is a tiny blue planet in one of 100 billion solar systems in our galaxy, which is one of 100 billion galaxies in the known universe… and that’s just what we know of today. So I think it’s safe to say that the existence of alien life more advanced than humans isn’t just plausible, it’s actually somewhat likely.
10. Every Porno Ever
There’s a significantly greater chance that you might order a pizza and some stunningly beautiful woman or handsome man will deliver it to your door, fall in love with you at first sight, and then make sweet, sweet love to you on your sofa than it is for trickle down economics to ever actually work in real life. Hey! Put your phone down! Stop trying to order a pizza! You haven’t finished my article, and this was only a joke to begin with! Yeesh! Some of you people are married, even. Oh well, I suppose this is as good a point to end the article as any.
Science Fiction: Still More Plausible Than Trickle Down Economics
So there you have it folks: telepathy, advanced virtual realities, teleportation, time travel, alien invasions, and apocalyptic robot uprisings are all vastly more plausible than trickle down economics. So why are Republicans beating that dead horse yet again? Who knows.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go play some video games. Because if the fictional virtual worlds of gaming are good for anything, it’s helping distract us from all the terribleness of Trump’s America
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Matt Terzi is a political satirist and essayist from Binghamton, New York, who has written for some of the most prominent satire publications in the country. He’s now moving into more “serious” subject matter, without losing touch with his comedic roots