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Sunday, March 19, 2006

V for Vendetta - Vive la revolucion!

Our second Burlington Libertarian Party Event!
We headed out on Friday to see 'V for Vendetta', starring Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman.

I feel it is a prime example of what can happen when government oversteps its bounds, and interferes with society... it's like a modern day '1984', and even has the main actor from '1984' in it (John Hurt), ironically as the main bad guy.

The main tag-line of the movie is a great explanation:
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

Here's a repost of Jeremy's blog for another perspective on the movie:

Movie Night: V for Vendetta

Last night, Hardy Machia, Bonnie Scott, Kevin Ryan, Jonathan Stauffer, Heavenly and I went out together to see the movie V for Vendetta, another great movie from the people who brought you The Matrix. Again, the Wachowski brothers have created a Libertarian-themed movie where a small group of people are fighting to reduce the power of an oppressive government and to open people's eyes to it.

Brief Synopsis of film from

"V for Vendetta is based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore that is set in England in 2020. Great Britain is under the control of a fascist government who use fear and intimidation to control its citizens. The government controls the media and clamps down on free speech through its Ministry of Objectionable Materials.

A mysterious rebel known as V, who is dubbed a terrorist by the Hitler-esque Chancellor Sulter, plots to overthrow the government. V seeks to complete 17th century saboteur Guy Fawkes's mission to blow up Parliament, as way to spark a rebellion.

Looking at early reviews, V for Vendetta has plenty of action and thrills to keep audiences entertained, and delivers a clear libertarian message, which can be summed up in its tagline - "People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of the people."

More information:

Of course, I recommend everyone to watch it, to fully appreciate the movie, and it's significance. It's rated R due to 'strong violence and some language', so it's definately not one to bring the kids to see... but it is a great action - suspense movie to watch on the big screen!

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