Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Dictator

Has anyone seen the Dictator?  The relatively new film from Sasha Baron Cohen, it’s not his best but with its excessive, toilet humour, mixed with subtle, brilliant, intelligence he gets his message across.  Still the movie does not reach its true heights until near the end with the great speech. 

In a way in this silly film, SBC states one of the most profound speeches I have ever heard.  Makes you wonder if anyone will listen to it.

“Why are you guys so anti-dictators? Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1% of the people have all the nation's wealth. You could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes. And bailing them out when they gamble and lose. You could ignore the needs of the poor for health care and education. Your media would appear free, but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family. You could wiretap phones. You could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged elections. You could lie about why you go to war. You could fill your prisons with one particular racial group, and no one would complain. You could use the media to scare the people into supporting policies that are against their interests.”

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