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Charlie Chaplins Great Speech as it Applies Today.

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    The great speech was a parody of Nazi Germany - before the horrors took place - otherwise it would not have been tolerated as a parody.

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    If a similar speech was given today - eliminate the parody reasoning of course and modernized just a bit here and there ... how would it be received by the American public and how would that candidate fare?

    Just a question or take the discussion on any route you choose.
    I do note it's historical context towards the Jewish but I would like the speech to be applied more broadly - more worldly as it would apply today. I don't want to take away why it was written is what I am saying respectfully - but I think it's a great topic for today's world.

    You the People have the Power! - YouTube
    LYRICS:
    http://luis.impa.br/chaplin.html

    For historical context go to 'Reception' portion here if interested:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Dictator

    Interesting speech, film and worthy of discussion adapted to today's world.
    Yes we are a democracy but we are also a bit dictatorship if the speech is taken literally. Some things we have a say in but others like militarily we have little to no say at all. Politically we seek answers but we are also to blame for the worlds mess - we want politicians to solve the mess for us because we blame them for the mess - we have a share in the mess also because we crave many of the conveniences that help cause the mess.

    Chaplin calls it - it could be written today - minus the parody - it's not needed to apply.
     
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    Cannot get the sound on my computer to work this morning, but reading it reads more like what a religious/social activist would say rather than what a politician would say.

    Or maybe even something that Rage Against the Machine can convert into some music..
     
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    Liberals won't like it:

    Liberal philosophy is as follows,
    "Coddle The Bad"
    "Condem The Good"

    In other words "always blame the victim"

    God Willing
     
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    I believe the final speech is given by Adenoid Hynkel's double, the Jewish barber, who's switched places with Hynkel (a lot of people might miss this point and conclude that it's a send-up of social democrats or socialists as having the same starting point as Nazis. Not rational people, but people here.)
     
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    Not far off the track...

    Interview with Zack de la Rocha - YouTube
     
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    Yes, indeed it can be found - all 8 parts.

    Three guesses as to who's currently being forced to listen to it.

    :eek::eek:

    Thanks, Icy. I owe ya one.
     
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    I saw it in a thread on another forum ... listened to it and was blown away. I never had seen it before. Simply amazing how prophetic and meaningful that speech was ... written in 1940. Like I said I did not want to take it's meaning (reason why it was created) away from the Jewish people. At the same time, it applied to them then and it applies so much to our world now - like I said simply an amazing speech from a comedian no less.

    http://luis.impa.br/chaplin.html
    This quote applies even to our own government.
     
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