Video: A holiday message from the Great Dictator
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In September 1939, six days after theUnited Kingdom declared war on Germany, Charlie Chaplin began filming one ofhis most epic films ever... and the first "talkie" for the silentfilm star.
It was a courageous project-- the'Great Dictator' directly poked fun at Adolf Hitler.
At the end of the movie, Chaplinlooked into the camera and gave a stirring speech about timeless principles--peace, mutual respect, freedom from evil men who aspire to lead nations.
This did not win Chaplin any friendsin Washington who were keen to maintain official neutrality.
And he paid dearly for it; the Great Dictator was the beginning of anentire decade of turbulent trouble between Chaplin and the USgovernment.
FBI director J Edgar Hoover opened afile on Chaplin and launched a smear campaign to tarnish his public image. Themainstream media quickly jumped on board, accusing Chaplin of being a communistsympathizer.
Eventually they found an obscure lawon the books as an excuse to haul him into court and put him in prison.
Chaplin won the trial... barely... butwas then roped into the anti-communist witch hunts of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
In his autobiography, Chaplin sums uphis troubles with the US government as follows:
"My prodigious sin was, and stillis, being a nonconformist. Although I am not a Communist, I refused to fall inline by hating them. . . Secondly I was opposed to the Committee on Un-AmericanActivities-- a dishonest phrase to begin with, elastic enough to wrap aroundthe throat and strangle the voice of any American citizen whose honest opinionis a minority one."
Chaplin reached his breaking pointwhen, as a British citizen, he realized that he would be effectively kicked outof the Land of the Free. As he wrote,
"Whether I re-entered thatunhappy country or not was of little consequence to me. I would like to havetold them that the sooner I was rid of that hate-beleaguered atmosphere thebetter, that I was fed up with America's insults and moral poposity, and thatthe whole subject was damned boring."
He moved his family to Switzerland andlived out the rest of his days in an idyllic setting near Geneva.
There was just one problem. Theentirety of Chaplin's substantial wealth was in the US. And he waited far toolong-- until he had been exiled from the country-- to even think about movingsome funds abroad.
His rousing speech at the end of theGreat Dictator calls for a world free of violence, intimidation, and governmentcontrol. Unfortunately, we don't get to live in that world.
We live in a world where ambitious menare willing to do anything to seize absolute power... where they can regulateevery aspect of our lives, from what we put in our bodies to whether we cancollect rainwater.
They confiscate our hard earned wagesat gunpoint. They devalue our savings. They spy, brazenly and relentlessly, onabsolutely everyone. They wage senseless wars in foreign lands. They waste.They frustrate. They destroy.
This our reality. The world isbeautiful. Life is beautiful. But the leaders of humankind surely make it alldamned hard to appreciate sometimes.
That's why it makes so much sense foreveryone to have a little bit of insurance-- to make sure that we don't makethe same mistake as Chaplin and hold the entirety of our savings and livelihoodin the same country in which we live... and one that is clearly on a downwardtrend.
This is our consumate focus atSovereign Man. And with each passing day, the reasons become even more obvious.We're going to be in for a hell of a 2014.
And now, without further ado, pleaseenjoy Mr. Chaplin's final speech from the Great Dictator:
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com