Greed Has Poisoned Men’s Souls

Chaplin’s first “talkie” was The Great Dictator in 1940, a satirical condemnation of Hitler (Adenoid Hynkel) and Mussolini (Benzino Napaloni). Towards the end, the Jewish barber impersonates Hynkel and gives a speech (youtube) in favour of liberty and democracy:

“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 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 17th Chapter of St 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!”

India Street, Belfast, replacing the murals of George Michael and Prince.

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