Text Of the Greatest Speech Ever Written: From Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator

Hynkel: I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible — Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another; human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there’s room for everyone 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.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

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 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 seventeenth chapter of Saint 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!! 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 a 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, to 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!!!

Declaration of Inter-Dependence

 

 

 

 

Wow! This is a really great document. It really sums up all the various threads of dissenting progressive thought in a succinct and comprehension manner.

I entirely support it in it’s entirety.

Declaration of Inter-Dependence.

The Good News

A sound government’s main objective should be to foster and defend a just, safe, and sustainable society in which fairness, curiosity, innovation, and selflessness can flourish.

Justice

Those arrested in apparent protest are entitled to have their grievances heard in court so that the necessity and reasonableness of their actions may be determined.

In a just and prosperous society, there is a minimum acceptable standard of living below which no law abiding citizen should fall. That standard must be sufficient to protect children born into such circumstances from being developmentally or psychologically harmed by the experience. The revenue required to provide that failsafe should be drawn from the most prosperous industries and individuals.

Impoverished children must have access to structures that readily allow escape from poverty as adults.

In a just society there can be no birthright to privilege and power. As such, inherited wealth must be capped at a reasonable level, one that broadly distributes the incentive to achieve things of value.

Every child has the right to a high quality education. Familial wealth does not imply a greater right to mental enrichment.

Modern medical technology and knowledge have been produced with overwhelming public investment, and all people are entitled to benefit from them.

Scientific progress is inherently a public good. All people are equally entitled to access the products of public investments in science.

Violence by public servants is an inherently unacceptable response to non-violent protest.

Any order given to violate the constitutional rights of a citizen, or the human rights of a person, is illegitimate and must be refused.

Any order to use potentially damaging force and/or weapons against non-violent people is illegitimate and must be refused.

Mass arrests of unarmed people can result in detentions of no more than 12 hours.

There is no state of unrest that supersedes the three rules above.

Markets

All the foreseeable costs of private sector actions must be born by the initiators of those actions. Foreseeable harms (to the planet, society or disinterested individuals) that are the byproduct of profitable activity are, in effect, unjust transfers of wealth that must be mitigated with compensatory transfers of wealth from those that profited, toward the interests of those harmed.

Accountability for all private sector decisions and actions must rest with humans. No inanimate structure can insulate individuals from liability for the externalization of foreseeable harms.

All private fiduciary obligations are subordinate to a person’s public sector duties.

Progressive taxation is the natural remedy for patterns of unproductive wealth concentration.

Markets must be governmentally regulated in the public interest.

When an institution must be publicly bailed out, the individuals involved in producing the failure must not be financially enriched, and must be removed from positions of control. Ill gotten gains must be fully recovered and put toward mitigating the harm of the bailout to the public. In the case that the failure was willfully or negligently caused, punitive damages sufficient to discourage analogous failures should be imposed, and put to the same purpose.

Commercial advertising must exist only in an opt-in context. All people must have the practical ability to avoid commercial advertisement entirely, without losing access to the full array of public goods. Advertising directly to children is unacceptable.

Society functions best when people are protected from unforeseeable misfortune, but otherwise pay the costs, and receive the benefits, of their actions. This societal goal is best served in a very large risk-pool, where managers have no profit-motive to withhold coverage from the unfortunate. As such, insurance should, like policing and fire suppression, be a public function.

Sustainability

All human activities with the potential to substantially affect important, complex biotic and abiotic systems should be presumed harmful until demonstrated to be safe.

Humanity must avoid any substantial alteration of the earth and atmosphere which humanity does not have the technological and economic power to reverse.

No generation has the right to substantially degrade the earth for future generations. To the extent that modern human activity is unsustainable, we have an obligation to transition to sustainable modes, in whatever fashion most rapidly and successfully mitigates total net harm.

The safety, security and wellbeing of citizens can not be made contingent on any unsustainable process such as growth in population, or growth in the economy.

Government

Only creatures can have rights. Inanimate objects and structures can not. In moral and legal terms, humans are the only “people”. Corporations may have privileges granted to them in the public interest. Corporations that habitually produce more public harm than good are not entitled to persist.

There must be an inviolable firewall protecting democratic government from market forces.

All parties and candidates for public office must have an equal platform from which to persuade the public. Wealth must not be proportional to voice.

Lobbying for profit is an offense against democracy.

The gaming and capture of public regulatory structures is inherently hostile to public welfare. Such behavior must be rendered both criminal and unprofitable, lest it become entrenched and elaborated.

Anything that provides legal advantages to wealthier litigants over poorer litigants is an affront to the concept of equal justice under the law.

A government that represents the interests of less than half the governed population can not claim to justly undertake military action.