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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 is 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 17th Chapter of St 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 youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil 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!

This quote is from the film ‘The great Dictator’. It was a film by the greatest British Comedian and one of the greatest filmakers of all time, Charlie Chaplin. He released this film in 1940, during the second world war. The film makes fun of Fascism; and in a time of war and in those years that would be considered quite controversial. 

So, why do I write about this speech today. The war was 75 years ago. In my mind, this monologue is just as important today than it was then.

In recent months, a certain Political Party called UKIP; The United Kingdom Independence Party, has been gaining some Political steam, in a time where the British public have become disengaged with the main Political Parties; for being ‘soft’ on many issues. Most notably Europe. UKIP primarily want; amongst other things, to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union and form a nationalist society with less immigrants, tougher laws and a insanely conservative society. As you can probably tell, I hate them. Among other policies; they also push for a ban on Homosexual marriage, oppose the development of wind farms (which have proven to be quite good at generating electricity), and they plan to increase defence spending to essentially turn our country into a military powerhouse.

What I hate most about it is that people are enticed by what they present. The disillusioned Joe Bloggs, with a Wife and two kids, who works in the local factory producing electronic components. Cutbacks mean that he faces redundancy, and with a third child on the way, things are going to get hard for him. The Unions cannot do anything, his MP; who happens to be in Government, does nothing. He is disengaged. But then they twist his mind ‘Your jobs are being taken by the immigrants, they’re taking your NHS, your jobs, your houses, and they can get away with it because the EU let’s them’. Poor Joe believes Mr Farrage. Poor Joe has fallen into a trap, a trap set by the far right.

A vote for UKIP; in my humble opinion, means a Britain without culture, a Britain without life and soul, and a Britain without friends. My Political views are strictly left wing. I believe in the vague concept of equality and fairness for all who come here. I would rather live in a Conservative run country, led by David Cameron, than a UKIP MP in Parliament.

If you want to read into my views more, I recommend my manifesto what I wrote: http://ifyame.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/my-manifesto/

And a video by one fellow socialist libertarian, Cameron Watt. Who goes into greater details about UKIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_boPlBqQsM

Frankly, the public are being misled. The fatcats on top are turning us against each other: us against the ‘immigrant threat’. As Chaplin said, Let us all unite! Let us all unite against the fascist threat which looms over the UK!

Cameron Watt

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