The Myth of Isolationism

Challenging Sovereignty with the Democracy of Consumption

Charlie Chaplin on Globe
The image of Charlie Chaplain astride the world is a fitting metaphor for Hollywood’s expansion and dominance of the cinema during the 1920s.

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Charlie Chaplin and Charles Lindbergh epitomize the loss of authority by old imperial elites.  Before this time, internationally recognized names belonged mostly to royalty, the King and Queen of England, or to major religious leaders like the Pope.  Lindbergh and Chaplin were not internationally recognized because of any political power they had.  Chaplin, in particular, was known because people watched or consumed the movies he produced.  Going from royalty to entertainers as international celebrities perfectly symbolized how the Market Empire disrupted old orders, traditions, power and authority.

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