I’m working on a new post on “MMA culture and propaganda”. Of course, in the context of this investigation, we will come back to John Milius, screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, NRA board member, and popularizer in film of the Nietzsche-inspired character Conan the Cimmerian. The octagonal ring of mixed martial arts (MMA) is said to have derived from the film Conan the Barbarian (written by Milius but with a first draft by Oliver Stone), and Milius was in fact an architect of the UFC and an early Hollywood practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Maybe the post will be helpful for understanding the context of how Russo-Chechen MMA propaganda may have been involved in the radicalization of the Boston Marathon Bombers; or how conspiracism has permeated MMA culture.
As I write this, I’m thinking maybe I need to look at Frank Dux a little as well and how Jean Claude Van Damme’s movie about the Kumite (Bloodsport) could play into the development of nationalistic male behaviors which lead to conflict and terrorism…
Somehow researching this caused me to think up a tangentially-related Harvey Weinstein meme about hyper masculine workplace behaviors. I should have the blog written sometime in the coming days. (Milius wasn’t involved with Conan the Destroyer, but he did direct Conan the Barbarian.)