THE GREATEST SPEECH EVER (IS MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER)

May 10, 2016 – 1:28 pm

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In 1940, Charlie Chaplin made The Great Dictator to warn the world of fascism, in whatever form it may take. Now, as democracy gets eroded or taken away - in the name of safeguarding your homeland, Chaplin’s Great Dictator speech is more relevant than ever before.

Every now and then, it is good to refresh knowledge of what is truly important in life. So it’s time to redux SmartKnowledgeU’s post “The Greatest Speech Ever” by Charlie Chaplin (click here). Charlie Chaplin was known as the greatest silent actor ever…


Click here for the video clip.

“And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, 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.

“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.”

And particularly relevant, is the following, as it applies to nearly all world leaders today and it should serve to awaken us to the knowledge that divided we will fall to the brutal immorality of today’s banking/government/military complex, but united, we have the power to change our futures for the better:

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. “

Of course, speaking out as such then (and even more so now), was frowned upon by the elites (and thus the mainstream media)… But more so, the establishment cracked down…

[Chaplin arrived in Los Angeles, home of the Keystone studio, in early December 1913. The 1940s saw Chaplin face a series of controversies, both in his work and his personal life, which changed his fortunes and severely affected his popularity in America. The first of these was a new boldness in expressing his political beliefs. Deeply disturbed by the surge of militaristic nationalism in 1930s world politics, Chaplin found that he could not keep these issues out of his work: “How could I throw myself into feminine whimsy or think of romance or the problems of love when madness was being stirred up by a hideous grotesque, Adolf Hitler?”]

He chose to make The Great Dictator – a “satirical attack on fascism” and his “most overtly political film”.

Chaplin decided to hold the world premiere of his film, Limelight, in London, since it was the setting of the film. As he left Los Angeles, Chaplin expressed a premonition that he would not be returning. At New York, he boarded the RMS Queen Elizabeth with his family on September 18, 1952. The next day, Attorney General James P McGranery revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit and stated that he would have to submit to an interview concerning his political views and moral behaviour in order to re-enter the US. US Congressman John E Rankin of Mississippi told the House in June 1947:

“[Chaplin] has refused to become an American citizen. His very life in Hollywood is detrimental to the moral fabric of America. [If he is deported]… his loathsome pictures can be kept from before the eyes of the American youth. He should be deported and gotten rid of at once.”

What is remarkable about the above is that Chaplin’s speech about fascism in The Great Dictator nearly 75 years ago is as relevant today, if not more relevant, as it was back then.

In addition, as Chaplin was demonized for telling the truth back then, administrations worldwide today, like the current White House administration, are relentlessly demonizing and persecuting truth tellers as well, after deceitfully pledging to protect them.

It is for these reasons, in an Orwellian age when telling the truth is a revolutionary act, that we must spread “The Greatest Speech Ever” far and wide.

Note: The above article was posted at zerohedge.com.

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  1. One Response to “THE GREATEST SPEECH EVER (IS MORE RELEVANT NOW THAN EVER)”

  2. Amen. Please spread the truth. Amazing that, after all these years, it still rings true.

    By Starrwatts on May 13, 2016

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