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Speak- It Is Our Only Hope

Inspirational speech by Charlie Chaplin.
Charlie Chaplin's classic film 'The Great Dictator' is an early satire of Hitler and the Nazi movement, made before most of the world knew the full extent of the then-impending atrocities. In fact, as Chaplin was shooting the final scenes, the Germans invaded and overran France. This was too much, and in his sadness and despair, Chaplin essentially broke the forth wall, making his character, the Jewish Barber, speak for himself. The speech was a beautiful response to those dark times, and it seems to be appropriate now, as we seem to be ramping up for another war. Here is the speech:

"Schulz: Speak - it is our only hope.

"The Jewish Barber (Charlie Chaplin's character): Hope... 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 all 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 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 [now] liberty will never perish...

"Soldiers - don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and 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 as cattle, 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. Only 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, the people.

"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 fulfil their 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, 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!

"Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting - the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.
The soul of man has been given wings - and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow - into the light of hope - into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up."
Chaplin's speech, see it at google video 27.Apr.2006 17:48


Chaplin's first speech. Though the Illuminati that were in Wall Street funding Hitler disliked his attempt to steer America away from that. Hitler was really popular with Skull and Bones founded Time Magazine for instance. The head of IBM made public speeches supporting Hitler. Henry Ford decorated and funded Hitler, etc. Better Homes and Gardens did a showcase on Hitler's house in the mountains of Bavaria, etc. Everything was done to try to popularize and "humanize" what was a one party fascist police state. Lots of these groups, including Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, escaped prosecution as Nazi traitors after WWII like a lot of other high corporate elites (Rockefeller Standard Oil was fueling Nazi subs all through the war in the Carribean, for instance). The core of the United States goverment, long before WWII, went fascist. WWII was fought by different versions of fascism battling against each other (and set against each other) for world military domination.

Chaplin as well as others (like Major General Smedley Butler) spoke against this turn in the U.S. toward fascism and away from democracy. As much as they were criting Hitler, they were criticizing the very powerful fascist lobby in 1930s America. The American Nazi Bund was even giving speeches in Madison Square Garden in NYC, replete with big 50 foot tall pictures of George Washington in knickers behind them, while they paraded around in German Gestapo like outfits.

You can watch Chaplin give this speech that is transcribed above.

"This is the film where Charlie Chaplin first spoke and also the video that got him deported. It seems like people were...all either too dumb to understand the point he was trying to make or he scared some people in the government."

 link to video.google.com
3 min video

Thank you for posting this 27.Apr.2006 18:29

Jody Paulson

Those decades-old words have become very timely.

feminist (or ecofeminist) workers party 28.Apr.2006 00:16

nancygeorge madstitcher007@yahoo.com

Does it make a difference whether -- when we speak -- there is a political presence to represent our perspective? I think it does make a difference, and that there is no political presence that represents my perspective. The democratic party is too much like the republican party, and the green and workers' parties are not feminist enough. Anyone out there have any comments of agreement or disagreement? Email me and we'll have a discussion.



more should heed his wrods 28.Apr.2006 09:11

Chaplin fan

Watching the video of the speech was even better than reading his stirring words. How great!!!
But, to remember that the Bush family has had fascistic influence influence over our nation for so many decades is discouraging.

This weekend presents an important opportunity for progressives:
to tell everyone we know to walk out on May Day (this Monday)- out of school, out of the shopping malls, leave your work cubicles, you name it- and portest what is happening in our country today.

The signs of an impending attack on Iran are speeding up. It is not even very subtle. The steady drumbeat to an attack is loud. It's even happening much more quickly than the 2003 Iraq invasion did.

There is so little time to express our views before the U.S. launches a nuclear weapon against Iran. First the Nevada Test Site, then Iran?

Are we going to stand still while this happens?
Hell NO!!!

In the major media (magazines) there are new ads from major coporations describing Iran as one of the very few places on earth where natural gas can be found (LNG is touted as an alterntaive to oil). While the U.S. is a major consumer of natural gas, guess what- we have only a tiny fraction of this resource within our borders.

This fact sheds even more light on why our govenment feels it must crush Iran into domination and rebuild it as an American corporate outpost.

Remember May Day- Monday May 1, 2006- and (for so many reasons) get out into the streets with your friends and family on that day.