Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How V For Vendetta Relates to MorganStanleyGate

The video clip below is the inspiring call to arms speech given by the main character (known only as "V") to all Londoners via cleverly intercepted TV signal in the movie V for Vendetta, a cinematic tour de force based on the novel of the same name, and written by Alan Moore.  

The book and movie graphically illustrate what a dystopia might look like in the near future if a populace (in this case, the United Kingdom) remained unaware or was otherwise fearful of challenging an evolving status quo that has been surreptitiously manipulated by an insidious agenda.  And the progenitors of this agenda are  a corrupt few who seek to oppress and effectively enslave a vast many by covertly taking away their rights to fairness, justice and freedom, which is made possible by deliberately modifying the realities of the hoi polloi and thus removing "truth" from the equation of everyday life.

The Comparison

And this is precisely how the surfeit of reprehensible acts of fraud, racketeering extortion, sabotage, corruption and assassination (of character and person) that comprise MorganStanleyGate manifested without consequence (so far) to those responsible.  And as articulated in V's speech (and empirically proven to be true throughout history), words will always retain their power -- for eventually enough awaken and/or overcome their misguided fears from the growing inculcations of the truth, and unite to hold accountable those who have deliberately obfuscated their realities.  

In the case of MorganStanleyGate, the unbridled greed of wayward bankers corrupted many elements of the US judicial system and law enforcement, and by exposing how this was accomplished, and revealing how widespread this societal malignancy actually is, this should eventually lead to much-needed meaningful change in banking, justice and law enforcement.

Scripted Narrative

"Good evening, London.

Allow me first to apologize. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, whereby important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful, bloody struggle are celebrated with a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is, sadly, no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak.

I expect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and, for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?

Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting submission.

How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others. And they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you. And in your panic, you turned to the now High Chancellor Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

Last night, I sought to end that silence. Last night, I destroyed the Old Bailey to remind this country of what it has forgotten.

More than 400 years ago, a great citizen wished to imbed the 5th of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.

So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest that you allow the 5th of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek...then I ask you to stand beside me, one year from tonight outside the gates of Parliament.

And together, we shall give them a 5th of November that shall never, ever be forgot."