Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Happy Guy Fawkes Day

On the day after the election of Barack Obama, it's especially ironic that today also happens to be Guy Fawkes Day. With that in mind, here's an excerpt from a speech in the movie V for Vendetta (influenced by Ayn Rand) from the title character, "V", addressing his struggle against a totalitarian government:

“Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor...He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.”

4 Comments:

Anonymous fidelio said...

I agree that was a really good post and very timely.

Thanks for turning me onto his great blog.

6/11/08 17:09  
Blogger Reverse_Vampyr said...

Thanks for the link!

6/11/08 17:53  
Anonymous Sharp As A Marble said...

V for Vendetta comes up again!

The movie was a little slow, but I like the message.

Great post Reverse Vampyr!

The kind of selfishness that Ayn Rand advocated (and which Obama apparently opposes) is a completely noble and moral American virtue. This country was founded on the principle that men and women had the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" free from government interference and tyranny.

If we want America to remain a beacon of hope to millions around the world, we should re-affirm our commitment to free markets and capitalism, and reject calls for more socialism and "redistribution of wealth".

6/11/08 18:11  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Mason, SAAM – I hope you both will enjoy his blog as much as I do.

R_V – You’re welcome. I am a big fan of your political posts.

7/11/08 11:33  

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