May 22, 2012
Way of saying who’s looking at ppl governing us? “Who will watch the watchmen” chief of police.. Who
is the chief of police’s boss? Goes up the ladder. ….we are responsible for watching ourselves through
political action. Don’t see it entire phrase… why? Why spread out in full? Artwork as text as message.
Why incorporate in its entirety.? No one can watch at once. Incomplete? Outside of the law… he is his
Reagan—outsider… trajectory of the conservatism- in the 60s, changed things in substantial ways.
Conservative wave. OUTSIDER in politically in national stage occupy in the center of American politics.
Cowboy: American hero? Ex. Pg. 119 politics vs. moralism. Becomes typical American hero. Cleaned up
government. Known for his firing aircraft controllers. Blurs eyes of public of his true relation to his true
governmental power. LAW AND ORDER WAS BASED ON POLITICS RATHER THAN SYSTEM OF JUSTICE.*
Law and order is based on politics. **
Vigilante, morals, politics= heroism?
Heroism as cultural institution. What did the superheroes do? Protect society from evil. Bring justice.
Association with truth and justice. Unselfishness. Superheroes are power fantasy for the adolescence
and excite imagination. Traditional superheroes are alienated and aliens. Alienated ex. Superman and
Spiderman. Traditional superman feels he doesn’t belong. He goes about belonging. He inserts himself
to judicial and moral system and done generally good things. Ultimately he puts gifts to use and truly
engaged and alive. In superman, there is no contradiction from himself and society. What’s good for
society is good for me. Whats good for me is good for the society. He fulfills his destiny that with the
result that 0ppl are better off. Concept of moral category, yea he is morally righteous. BUT when we
take a step further his foundation of morality itself…. Why superman does what he does. So ppl are well
off and fulfill his needs and desires. BUT again take step back… superheroes are heroes and what
societies do? It changed recently. Celebrities heroic…-__-; ex. Wayne Gretzky is a hero… definition of
hero is something beyond capable of doing. (selflessness) bare on superman… when he goes into the
If heroism met threat to wellbeing… you can die from doing what you are doing, what is the threat to
superman? There is no threat to him… so notion of superman as a moral category… discounts the act of
heroism. Notion of morality, because he is heroic, we should respect him. But moralism is nothing to do
with him. HEROISM**
If superheroes are in someway inert to us. Miller points that we cannot depend on government
institution to do the job for us, we sees someone come along, ex. David chen, he is a vigilante and does
something so we applaud him. But he should still need to be responsible. We are not active enough in
our government to effect change. Vigilante: do it now. Its done. Action NOW. Takes laws into own hands
and many not really political.
Vigilantism: looking at watchmen trying to find the missing girl. This is why he jokes this one. Clearly, he
finds the guy and chains him up and kills the dogs, burn down the house. Did he do the right thing?
Clearly he needs a fair trial. Think about how he gets the information about this guy? Coerce use of
violence to find information.
He doubts about vigilantism. Pg. 84 politics associated with the right wing absolutism. Superman closely related to Reagan. (bad for
business) literally associated with industrial power in the US as well. Father-son relationship establishes.
Connection between Reagan as a vigilante and superman as a vigilante. Ex. Not like old days… politically
all not okay and they are responsible to institution rule of land and miller sets this up that even
government in libertarians itself corrupt. Reagan isn’t a vigilante but count him as a outsider and
superman as well. Engage in act to protect social/political order. Is it enough to go out the bounds to
make them a vigilante?
Superman himself…vigilante or political pawn? Totally in control of Reagan. Pg. 179.
Batman’s position is much clear and corners Harvey’s two-face accomplices. Pg. 139
On pg 44 batman encounters Harvey act-alike. Idea of rights for vigilante is pushed aside. To millers
credit, thus in pg 65 two views. Terms of whether conservatism or liberalism… batman is libertarian.
Batman would be in lined with Reagan’s conservatism but… why align batman with more with Reagan.
Because miler doesn’t like Reagan and conservatism.