If ever there was a time to watch Chaplin's speech from "The Great Dictator..."


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/09/if-ever-there-was-a-time-to-wa.html


#2

I would suggest a different classic for this occasion:


#3

Thank you Cory.

That speech is something to keep in mind as we muddle through the next few days and then prepare for the coming storms. A reminder that justice and compassion are worth living for, especially as impending fascism threatens to consume our very souls with the darkness of hopelessness.


#4

He even has the frickin’ hair…


#5

This classic has been looping for me


#6

Chaplin’s words are timeless and stirring. It’s also a nice fantasy, that he’ll remove the mask and turn out to be a modest and kind man after all. But that’s not what happened.

The U.S. has done it: elected a preening right-wing populist to the executive branch, given him a majority of sniveling cowards, opportunists and other proto-fascists in Congress, and left him to fill a hole in the Supreme Court with whatever retrograde throwback he likes.

This being a democracy (for the moment) it is everyone’s fault. In our own ways we liberals and progressives thought it was impossible, but It Can Happen Here. And it did.


#7

Thank you Cory! Human spirit–must prevail!


#8

Oh, geez. Watching that, at this moment, I have never felt simultaneously so inspired and so helpless.


#9

spirits are currently easier to reach


#10

No, forget that. This the right movie reference:


#11

Great work Cory,
This speech is a great piece that really helped me take a second to stop and listen!


#12

His victory speech was very… subdued. Then again three in the morning and all that entails.


#13

It was certainly more magnanimous, especially towards Clinton, than I expected.


#14

When one dictator dies, another one will be born.


#15

Rex mortuus est, vivat rex.


#16

“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.”

Yeah, well, agree to disagree on that. It would be a better world if that was the case but it’s not.

Still great movie though.


#17

Always expect him to take a bullet at the end of this. :worried:


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