This first video was released by Anonymous shortly after #OccupyWallStreet began on September 17th.
After spending many nights sleeping in cold weather without proper shelter (by demand of Minneapolis city and Hennepin county), I think that I have an even better understanding of the ineffectiveness of government to support the long term well-being of its citizens. Not only does it fail to support, but it actively works to inhibit free discussion. The complaint from the Sheriff's office yesterday was that our chalk is damaging the plaza as the chalk dye stains the granite. I've never seen such damage. Can anyone point me to a reliable source that refutes the idea that chalk can permanently color a granite surface?
This second video is a masterpiece. Charlie Chaplin delivered this speech in the 1940 film "The Great Dictator". It restores my hope after that disappointing meeting with Hennepin County Commissioners that I attended on Tuesday.
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.
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.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's 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 and 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, 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!
- "The Great Dictator", 1940 film with Charlie Chaplin
I will continue the occupation. I hope to change the world. I hope to create a future that is sustainable even though people inhabit the entire surface of the planet, even though mineral resources are depleted without leaving some in the ground as "seed stock" in case of future disaster, even though it's already too late to prevent catastrophic climate change. I still believe we can create a future that is worthwhile, that allows humans to live in peaceful balance with the rest of nature.
I still believe there's time enough for change. I still have hope.