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My most recent film, The God Who Wasn't There, is available on DVD at the official site and elsewhere.

the god who wasn't there
Bat Boy: The Musical is currently being staged in productions of various sizes around the world. A movie adaptation directed by John Landis is in development, with no casting announced or shooting date set.

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I just noticed. Today is Brian Flemming's Weblog's fourth anniversary. I've been leading you astray since March 1, 2003. Out of curiosity, I glanced down the list of entries for March 2003, and it's pretty much a record of my...


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March 01, 2007

What I was wrong about in March 2003

I just noticed. Today is Brian Flemming's Weblog's fourth anniversary. I've been leading you astray since March 1, 2003.

Out of curiosity, I glanced down the list of entries for March 2003, and it's pretty much a record of my anti-war activity on and off the streets of Los Angeles. Damn, was that a terrible month. In my life, and for the country.

It's taken about four years for the American public to discover what we dirty hippies somehow realized back then. I guess we were geniuses, or clairvoyant. But you'd never have guessed that from the way we were described by the pro-war side as well as by the mainstream press at the time. In the United States in March 2003, to see things clearly and speak them out loud was to be called a crackpot and a traitor.

As I inspect the record, I do see that I made one serious miscalculation. I was right about the war, but I was mistaken about our odds of stopping it. I truly believed we could stop it, on the merits, because it was so clearly wrong. I'm a bit embarrassed that I earnestly engaged the pro-war side at Blogcritics (see the comments for an example), as if they actually cared whether the war was just. It was an incorrect presumption, and I should have realized the utter lack of good faith on the pro-war side somewhere around the 800th time I heard "Don't you remember 9-11?" as a response to an actual argument.

But I didn't see it then. Even after this harrowing experience, I still possessed hope, and could write something like this. Instead of blaming the American people, I blamed the media. I truly didn't appreciate the power of war to short-circuit reason. And I didn't realize that many of my ideological opponents weren't merely deluded, they actually didn't care if they were wrong. They wanted war, and they would have it.

So that's what I was wrong about in March 2003. But I learned from it. I'll never again underestimate man's hunger for war, or overestimate the collective intelligence of the American people.

A CHALLENGE: If you are a blogger who was active in March 2003, link to that month's archive and write an entry called "What I was wrong about in March 2003."





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