In Blade Runner, the futuristic view of Los Angeles once it has become Asia in the US with one corporation making humans as needed in order to use them as expendable and programmed human capital, we have our future. One with people looking for a way to extend their lives with unrelenting and uncaring government forces seeking to ensure their deaths once they have served their purposes. A world with constant torrential rains, advertisements overhead and Chinese restaurants serving the public Asian food through open kiosks on streets too clogged with human traffic to bear much road traffic other than the enforcers of government seeking to maintain laws required in order to keep order through programmed death for those doing the work of the Nation.
Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies. Especially the tragic last scene with Ruger Hauer. Hauer has done nothing more than search for a way to extend his life. A replicant designed to die after a fixed amount of time, he wants his life to continue. And what a life, burning so brightly for such a short time.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."
Human cost is nothing new to a country that has no heart, feels nationalized health care is something that is bad, allows unattended poor fend for their own, and writes immigration laws it openly admits is to permit largely Hispanics to fill the jobs no one else wants. The things people filling these roles in our society see are lost, like tears in rain, when they die. We feel nothing about them. They are the chaff while we with our original life in America are the wheat.
Immigration and the future of our country after the mid-1960s is worth revisiting because what has happened to our country since the passage of the immigration laws can be seen as one of the dominant themes of our upcoming Blade Runner world. Where we are destined to go may not be interminable rain, as has been increasing in violence and impact in the Pacific Northwest recently. It may not be humans bred for other world work that is too difficult for even today's super athletes. But it will almost certainly be the collapse of morality in this country because we have failed to address the main reasons behind our problems and continue to allow a human flood that has permanently changed our future in ways that are playing out before our eyes in real time.
Corporate ownership of human resources and current laisse faire immigration policies begun with civil rights as their backdrop and Barrack Obama as its result are seen in full in Blade Runner. The other military-industrial complex is but one aspect of corporate ownership of human capital, contributing its ever-growing part to the Blade Runner senario of a world run amok.
While tempting to see the current immigration mess as merely one highlighted by racists, propagandists and politicians seeking an edge, the real cost is in our humanity. Our immigrants often live in a replicant world. Seeking to avoid the authorities at all cost. Living hand to mouth, from day to day. Their children getting their US citizenships, the "holy grail" of any immigrant's life. But retaining the threat of uncertainty in a very volatile world.
And we do not care. We all feel that meaningful "reform" will help everyone. But there will be no reform. The world portrayed in sensitive movies about what it is like to live in fear of deportation is unseen by most eyes. Leave that up to others. Or let them all come in. In the end, our world is Blade Runner.
We just cannot see it yet. The proof is there. We just ignore it, like tears in rain.