15, 2008, Volume 16 Nr. 9, Issue 240
The Great Dictator: "Adenoid Hynkel" The Barber Speaks.
Charlie Chaplin Addresses Bush, Cheney, et al.
I have written about
creeping fascism in the United States in numerous issues of
Metaphoria going back many years. The writings include the
the Guise of Freedom: Fascism's Ultimate Destination
Veterans: And they say it couldn't happen here
Finally, the main
stream corporate media is presenting evidence that the major
executive branch players with the U.S. government were directing
torture straight from the people's house, the White House.
These new revelations are adding to the growing concern that
fascism is alive and well in USA, and that something has gone
dramatically and drastically awry during the past seven years of
the Bush and Cheney regime. It certainly has.
David Swanson of
Afterdowningstreet.org presents a compelling (video) case that
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their minions must be impeached
for their multiple and repeated violations of the United States
Constitution and the Geneva Conventions. They also, as the
towns of Brattleboro and Marlboro, Vermont, have concluded, must
be held accountable for committing war crimes. (See USA
Today article here).
David Swanson's evidence can be seen in the graphic video
presentation located at: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/32778.
- After viewing David
Swanson's video, "What Does Torture Look Like",
I came across the classic film, "The Great
Dictator" starring Charlie Chaplin. In this
movie, Chaplin plays Adenoid Hynkel, the great and
autocratic dictator of Tomania. Chaplin also plays a
second character, a Jewish barber, who is an Adenoid
Hynkel look-alike. The barber mistaken for the
dictator, eventually is maneuvered into making a speech to
the great world masses after the successful invasion and
conquest of the fictitious country, Osterlich.
Production on the
film, "The Great Dictator" began in 1937. The
movie was released in 1940. The film was banned in fascist
Spain under dictator Francisco Franco until 1975. It was
also banned in all countries occupied by Nazi Germany.
People concerned about fascism in the U.S.A. would do well to
watch "The Great Dictator" while they still can.
The address to the people of the world by Adenoid Hynkel,
actually given by the Jewish barber masquerading as him, is an
address that today is well directed to George W. Bush,. Dick
Cheney, their past and present partners in criminality, and the
soldiers participating in their illegal and immoral war in
Iraq. The address can be viewed here.
Information on the movie, "The Great Dictator" can
The performance by
Charlie Chaplin is dramatic. Chaplin knew fascism when he
saw it back in 1937. If he were alive today, he would know
Charlie Chaplin was
banished from the U.S.A. It is what fascists do well.
The text of Adenoid Hynkel's address follows. Listen up
George, Dick. Listen up, people:
I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an Emperor - that's not my
business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should
like to help everyone, if possible -- Jew, gentile, black man,
white. We all want to help one another; human beings are like
that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each
other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there's room for everyone and the good earth is
rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and
But we have lost the way.
- Greed has poisoned men's
souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has
goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have
developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery
that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge
has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We
think too much and feel too little. More than machinery,
we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness
and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be
violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the
have brought us closer together. The very nature of these
inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for
for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching
millions throughout the world, millions of despairing
men, women, and little children, victims of a system that
makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me I say,
"Do not despair." The misery that is now upon us is
but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the
way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators
die; and the power they took from the people will return to
the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers: Don't give yourselves
to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your
lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what
to feel; who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use
you as cannon
fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine
men, with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not
machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love
of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate; only the unloved
hate, the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers: Don't fight for
slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of
Saint Luke it is written, "the kingdom of God is within
man" -- not one man, nor a group of men, but in all men,
in you, you the people have the power, the power to create
machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have
the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this
life a wonderful adventure.
Then, in the name of democracy,
let us use that power! Let us all unite!! Let us fight for a new
world, a decent world that will give men a
chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a
security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to
power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they
never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the
people!! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise!! Let us
fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to
do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight
for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will
lead to all men's happiness.
Soldiers: In the
name of democracy, let us all unite!!!
- Hannah, can you hear me?
Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are
lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out
of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new
world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their
hate, their greed and brutality.
Look up, Hannah.
The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is
beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow -- into the
light of hope, into the future, the
glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us.
Look up, Hannah. Look up.
(except for Adenoid Hynkel's speech/address/Chaplin image)