Sunday, July 26, 2009


Finally got to see "Expelled" by Ben Stein (thanks, Netflix streaming service!). The production values and tone are smart and modern and therefore it stands out among most conservative or evangelical documentaries. Here is a truly engaging and witty man who sets out to ask some difficult questions and knows how to drive home a point (his interview with Dawkins and trip to Hadamar are particularly devastating). The response from mainstream media and internet is universally and comically derogatory (just check the supposedly neutral Wikipedia) and I can see why: like the conservative response to Michael Moore, most materialists (even if they don't or can't articulate it) see the threat of such a well-crafted movie to their worldview.