July 20, 2002
THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS :Thundersbirds are go! (Perry de Havilland, July 21, 2002, Libertarian Samizdata)
Thunderbirds was far and away my favourite programme when I was young and this was long before I appreciated the shows astonishing libertarian political message... These guys were like the real world RNLI only with guns and spaceships!
'International Rescue' were shown as a benevolent but armed covert high tech para-military search and rescue organisation, privately controlled and funded by a philanthropic American businessman's multinational company (Tracy Construction and Aerospace Industries), run secretly by his family and loyal friends. IR was completely independent of any government! What is more, International Rescue's 'muscle' was provided by British aristocrat Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, cruising in a pink six-wheeled armoured Rolls Royce, capable of travelling at 200 mph complete with a hidden front grill mounted auto-cannon. No anti-capitalist or anti-private ownership of weapons vibe here!
What began with Steve Martinovich over at Enter Stage Right, has now spread to three nations as grown Canadian, American, and British men reveal their geeky love of the Thuunderbirds and some none too subtle crushes on that smokin'-hottie Lady Penelope.
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 20, 2002 10:43 PM