Keeping and Enhancing Power and Control Over the World Is Not Only a Necessity but a High Wisdom

We already can easily discern the “strong males” (SMs) among wolves, monkeys and apes. We recognize them among our ancestors. We know how they behaved in ancient India and China, how they looked in ancient Egypt, Judea, Greece and Rome. We know monarchs and Bishops of the Medieval Europe, we feel Emperors, Chancellors, General Secretaries and some presidents’ heavy hands on our skulls and heads, shoulders and backs, and we remember paternal abuse and endless bossy authorities we met throughout our life.

Strong or “stronging” (trying to become strong) males always had urgent tasks: of subduing women, children, poor and dependent, and other nations. With the development of culture and technology, to these four inalienable tasks a new ones were added – control over the means of production, over information and knowledge, natural resources, means of destruction (military soft wares and weapons), and people’s world views through religious and political “education”.

SMs are not only those who have successfully reached the tops of the social hierarchy. There are the “strong males” among the poor – despotic husbands and fathers, some teachers, low ranks in the military and police force, some low level managers in an industry. Like soldiers identify with the generals (feel like their generals when they‘re focusing on the enemy) and the poor in general identify with the Commander-in-Chief the poor SMs identify with social leaders, rich decision-makers and authorities of dogma and cliché. And from this identification they take an enormous emotional pleasure.

SMs were always the decision-makers not only for everybody but in the name of everybody else (for example, when they abuse their children with corporeal punishment it is always done for the sake of the child – to form their morality, or according to SMs throwing people out of public assistance should be done to stimulate them to look for jobs and to be responsible adults, etc.). SMs not only have fast fists and heavy hoofs but a language to frighten, to confuse and to agitate.

In cinema the elaboration and metaphorical lacing of the topic of subduing/repressing women can be found in Rene Clement’s “Gervaise” (1957) and in R.W. Fassbinder’s “A Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” (1972).
Wife Nurturing Her Childish Husband
Gervaise’s husband found a way to stay a dominant figure in spite of his servility in front of another man in this Emil Zola-Rene Clement’s investigation of power orientation even among men with liberal sensibility.

Petra Is Stronger and more Tremendous than Any "Strong Man"
Petra’s artful psychological manipulation of Karin (it is unconscious, of course, domineering people in their consciousness are always the personification of goodness and uprightness) creates a natural furious response. In this still we see Petra ordering her personal maid and assistant to bring a bottle of champagne. During this ground building conversation with Karin Petra orders champagne two times, first when Karin accepted Petra‘s generous offer of making her into a super model under Petra’s patronage as a famous fashion designer, and the second when Karin accepted her even more generous invitation to live in her place instead of staying at a hotel.

The illustration of the topic of subduing/repressing children can be found in Jean Delannoy’s “That Strange Friendship” (1964).
Innocence Is Perceived As a Transgression
A lack of understanding of children’s psychology generates an overwhelming mental violence as the only channel of “pedagogic” efforts in a religious boarding school.

The representation of the topic of subduing/repressing the poor can be found in Volker Schlondorff’s “The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach“ (1971).
The Hidden Task Of Law Inforcement Is to Put People On Their Knees
Morbidly excessive punishment for a relatively petty crime is designed to make a point to all the desperately pauperized people about the impossibility of any transgression against the iron law of social hierarchy never challenge those who are above you.

The depiction of subduing/repressing other nations/races can be found in Werner Herzog’s “Cobra Verde” (1987).
Entertainers as Slaves
A new, mass-cultural (entertainment) face of slavery is shown in this story of a charismatic slave-trader and the innovative historical developments in racial politics.

Finally, sharpened (by stylization) analysis of the tendency to use the subdued/repressed poor of your own country for subduing/repressing people in another countries (and by this resourcefully hitting two targets simultaneously) can be found in Jean-Luc Godard’s deconstructing militarism parable – “Les Carabiners” (1963).
Recruiters as Tricksters
The recruiters promise (in veiled manner) those who consider to enlist in the military force the glory of having power over other people, a lot of money and a generous gratitude of the country‘s leadership.

Military Recruits as Simpletons
Those who consider joining the military force are unconsciously dreaming about having power over other people and a lot of money.

Weapon Is Power Over People
Your Weapon Makes People Do What You Want
That’s how the promised glory is realized for one of the protagonists of the film. For Michelange to rape is not necessary – for him to dominate is more essential (to make another person be ready to do whatever he wants).

These six films, by directors who are more than capable of creating a sophisticated analytical imagery, can be taught in a one semester class.