The Absurdity of ‘The Man in the High Castle’

Look at our spacious skies, whose blessings we welcome and whose blights we fear, as Mother Nature is both the goddess of the fruited plain and the governess of famine across the Plains. She can rain her fury upon us, but no foreign army dares descend from our ocean of a sky.

No country is foolish enough to darken our airspace with pestilence, so its paratroopers may dive to their deaths; as if the Hun could enslave what not even the Confederacy could destroy; as if the descendants of slave owners would welcome—and the veterans of the Great War would cheer—the invasion of the South by the soldiers of Hitler’s Germany; as if the Scots-Irish of Virginia would surrender to the Nazis without firing a shot; as if the Brownshirts could accomplish what neither the Redcoats nor General William Howe could achieve, permanent control of Manhattan.

All of which is to say “The Man in the High Castle,” Amazon’s TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s book of the same name, is too ridiculous to believe.

It does not explain how a nation that outlawed the teaching of “Jewish physics” could have built an atomic bomb without Jewish physicists. The Manhattan Project, on the other hand, had many great physicists—and some Manhattanites, too—who were Jewish, such as Einstein, Feynman, Frisch, Oppenheimer, Slotin, and Teller.

More absurd is the image of San Francisco under Japanese occupation.

How could a city, never mind all California, wave the white flag against the Yellow Peril? How could a supposedly inferior people be the overlords of a race that was, though not demonically possessed, nonetheless sufficiently demented to consider itself the masters of all Asiatic people?

Americans bow to no man, unwillingly, while they kneel—freely—only to God.

Thus would the invasion of San Francisco have made the Battle of the Somme seem quaint.

Like Dick himself, the writers of “The Man in the High Castle” don’t know dick about America.

We would rather die than have a foreign army goose step through our streets.

When the British ordered Americans to quarter the King’s soldiers, when colonists were forced to house and feed His Majesty’s Armed Forces, our forebears rebelled; and the Revolution began.

From so many muskets came an arsenal of democracy.

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave.

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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