Dr. Strangelove and Trust in Power

Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, comically shows how small the separation between everyday man and a man of power can be. Usually (maybe not currently but usually), when you think of the government and people in charge it is the belief that you can place trust in them and their positions of power. Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb challenges this notion of thought. This film completely mocks the people in power and breaks them down to weak people. Instead of portraying strong men who can properly handle an extremely terrible situation, there almost becomes a mocking of the people in this power.

For example, President Merkin Muffley, is a strangely weak president. He acts like a teen girl almost when he is on the phone. His demeanor is very submissive and childish. These are not usually characteristics you would expect of a president. Especially one that is dealing with a national tragedy. Also, General Jack Ripper a man who is supposed to have extreme control and balance who loses his mind and forgets all sense of normality. Gen. Ripper, is supposed to be a person that maintains order but rather causes mass chaos through his delirium.

I start to wonder what this is starting to say about the people in power. Is everyone just a little boy on the playground? Are the people in power just as humane as the rest of us? You want to say yes, of course, they are human just as us. But as Dr. Strangelove shows, these people in power have massive responsibilities. With that in mind you start to wonder what exactly separates the everyday man from a person in power? What about them makes them better suited for the job of national power? And how strong is that separation?


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