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"Those who are responsible
will be held accountable"
The film had been seen by many political groups as an allegory of
oppression by government. Libertarians used this as a conservative statement against government intervention into the lives
of the citizens. Anarchists used this film to propagate the political theory of anarchism.
The Growth of Libertarian Thought in Colonial America by Murray N. Rothbard
Is the only word to describe 'The Patriot'. How Hollywood ever let this movie to be made can only be a miracle. Oliver Stone's
topics will become mainstream before the sequel would be allowed to be made by Mel. Only he could have pulled this off. This
film ranks along side Dr Zhivago, in its significance; David Lean would be pleased.
A message that many hear, but
few answer the call. What can be said of the Captain Wilkins' among you? From the way you lead your lives, I can only conclude
that the only difference is that you would not hesitate. And the eternal regret and condemnation of your children will be
the result of your choose . . .
Read this section from Murray N. Rothbard's, book; 'Conceived in Liberty'. Are there
any Algernon Sidney's among you?
"If there be no other law in a kingdom than the will of a Prince, there is
no such thing as liberty. Property also is an appendage to liberty; and 'tis as impossible for a man to have a right to lands
or goods, if he has no liberty, and enjoys his life only at the pleasure of another, as it is to enjoy either when he is deprived
CNN is reports two polls today. The first says that 56% of the public are confident and satisfied
with the condition of the country, while 39% are not. The second has a third of the population willing to admit that they
have suffered mental dysfunction. I submit that this second total should be much higher since it represents those who are
among the 56% that are satisfied.
"Cato" made clear that the rights and liberties he was enunciating were
individual and not those of the majority. The despotism of the majority can be as bad as the tyranny of one or a few. -
And presently resides in the sickness of the satisfied . . .
Why do you ignore the wisdom from the sermon of Jonathan
Mayhew? Has the affliction of your disorder, spread and become so advanced that you embrace the genocide of contentment,
and is the reason you strive and emulate to become your own Captain Wilkins?
This will be the only article for today
so you will have no excuse to avoid reading it. Rothbard is worthy of your consideration. While 'The Patriot' cries out to
you for "Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor" . . . What will be your answer?
You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus.
- Mark Twain
"It is not, in my view, a very good novel... but it sincerely presented my abhorrence of the view that some people were
criminal and others not. A denial of the universal inheritance of sin is characteristic of Pelagian societies like that of
Britain, and it was in Britain, about 1960, that respectable people began to murmur about the growth of juvenile delinquency
and suggest that the young criminals were a somehow inhuman breed and required inhuman treatment... There were irresponsible
people who spoke of aversion therapy... Society, as ever, was put first. The delinquents were, of course, not quite human
beings: they were minors, and they had no vote; they were very much them as opposed to us, who represented society."
Anthony Burgess: A novel called A Clockwork Orange from 1962
Clockwork Orange Script
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. - J. D. Salinger
There is a scene in Dr Zhivago where Omar Sharif arrives back to his home in the city after his escape from conscription into
the White Army. He finds that his once opulent and palatial home is now occupied by many families from the people's revolution,
and everything of value has been stripped away, leaving the occupants to share a grim and meagre communal existence. This
scene creates a scar on the consciousness and leaves powerful mental images of a new revolutionary order with big question
marks about its sustainability.
- David Wortley
The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so. - Henry Wheeler Shaw
Human freedom - the need to secure it, the obligation to defend it, the resolution to die for it - this is the great theme
of our time. This is the theme we have sought to dramatize for you in Spartacus. Our film is the story of men and women who
opposed totalitarianism with the burning dream of freedom. Men and women who truly believe that any dangerous risk is tenable
if brave men will make it so and who in the end prefer to die as free men than to live as slaves. Such must be the choice
of free men, whether in the 1st century BC or in the 20th AD. For it seems to be a law of nature, or of history, that men
who prefer slavery to death inevitably get both. - Dalton Trumbo, Screenwriter 'Spartacus'
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing. - George Bernard Shaw
For me the Voice of God, of Conscience, of Truth, or the Inner Voice or 'the still small Voice' mean one and the same thing.
Civilization have come and gone and, in spite of our vaunted progress. I am tempted to ask again and again, 'To
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
A faith gained in
strength only when people were willing to lay down their lives for it.
Mahatma Gandhi Indian Spiritual/Political Leader and Humanitarian
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. - George Washington
In Ireland, where national pride is a passion akin to religion and romantic love, one man became a legend for his fierce devotion
to his land and its independence. Michael Collins' quest would bring a man raised on war into an even more dangerous battle
for peace. It would cost him his life but would make him a hero for the ages.
Collins' efforts to create a free and
peaceful country, like the epic history of Ireland itself, would encompass romance and violence, valor and rage, burning hope
and fiery tragedy. It would result in both the triumph of a free Irish Republic and the terror in Northern Ireland that continues
to make bloody headlines today. And it would forever change the ways people wage wars of independence.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. - John Kennedy
"Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace . . . and I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You've
come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?
Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you'll live. At least awhile.
dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that, for one chance,
just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"
Mel Gibson as William Wallace, speaking to the Scots - outnumbered three to one - on the battlefield at Stirling
Bridge, A.D. 1297.
There is perhaps no better way of measuring
the natural endowment of a soul than by its ability to transmute dissatisfaction into a creative impulse. The genuine artist
is as much a dissatisfied person as the revolutionary, yet how diametrically opposed are the products each distills from his
dissatisfaction. Eric Hoffer
The Prisoner has a number of clear antecedents in the realm of the distopian fantasy. The Village corresponds to the worlds
of Kafka's The Castle, Huxley's Brave New World or - perhaps most obviously - Orwell's 1984. Yet in many ways its overall
vision is more universal, and certainly more contemporary, than any of those works. Whilst the worlds of Kafka, Huxley and
Orwell are obviously brutalised in psychological, biological and political ways, The Prisoner - while containing all of these
elements itself - sets its brutality behind a cheerful Village facade of pleasantry and superficiality which resembles
closely the tone of modern advertising and TV culture. - Chris Gregory
Patrick McGoohan plays a man who resigns from a top secret position and is abducted from his London home. He finds himself
in a beautiful village where everything is bright and cheerful - the people, their clothes, the buildings, the flowers. But
despite this rosey exterior, the village serves a sinister purpose. People are forcibly brought there in order to have their
valuable knowledge protected or extracted. Everyone in the Village is assigned a number instead of a name - the Prisoner is
Number Six. Chief interrogator and administrator is Number Two, but he isn't the boss - an unseen Number One is the boss.
Failure is not tolerated in the Village, and most episodes feature a new Number Two, though some are privileged
to return for a second chance to break Number Six and discover why he resigned.
The Prisoner struggles to keep
this information from his captors and to find out which side runs the Village and where it is. He strives to discover the
identity of Number One, and above all, he attempts to escape.
Gurps The Prisoner
The Prisoner Appreciation Society: Six of One
"I am not
a number, I am a free man!"