POPULISTS GROW REBELLIOUS
By Victor Thorn
Across the United
States, scenes of populist rebellion have been playing out all year.
For instance, just before the midterm elections, angry taxpayers
shouted down their elected representatives, accusing them of supporting
the very policies that are ruining America.
In another, much more violent outburst, Clay Duke, a 56-year-old
dissident, was pushed to the edge and opened fire at a Panama City,
Fla. school board meeting before being shot and then taking his own
Prior to the onset of this rampage, Duke spraypainted a huge red
“V” inside a circle on the conference room wall. This
symbol originated from a 2006 pro-revolution movie V for Vendetta where
the main character exacts revenge against a totalitarian government
that used 9-11 style false-flag terrorist events to subjugate its
In V for Vendetta, the revolutionary hero wears a Guy Fawkes mask, in
honor of the man who attempted to blow up England’s House of
Parliament in 1605 with a gunpowder-filled wagon. Although Fawkes was
arrested and hanged for treason, his memory lives on, especially in an
immortal line from the movie: “People should not be afraid of
their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
Life appears to be imitating art, especially in 2010, as populist
rebellions affected every part of the globe. In England, angry students
physically assaulted politicians and stormed Parliament.Afterward, they
a limousine carrying Prince Charles and his wife while chanting
“off with their heads.”
The European Union’s much-vaunted model for consolidating future
governance has seen its member states racked by chaos. Youths torched
nearly 1,200 cars in France. Greece has seen a widespread uprising
against governmental policies that are seen to benefit international
bankers.Mayhem erupted in Italy following a no-confidence vote for
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Rioters also targeted Rome prior to
Christmas. Similarly, Belfast witnessed Irish protesters lobbing petrol
bombs, bottles and stones. The protests then turned violent: masked men
blasted police officers with shotguns, killing three in the process.
Communist countries are faring no better. Red China has seen a spate of
labor uprisings that have paralyzed production facilities for Honda and
Toyota. In Russia, Moscow’s streets erupted with ethnic clashes
unseen since the Soviet Union’s collapse.
Young nationalists feeling betrayed by an influx of foreigners chanted
“Russia for Russians” as fires roared. Numerous other hot
spots have also flared up. From South America to South Korea, citizens
have angrily denounced their governments, sometimes even taking to the
streets in heated demonstrations.
In V for Vendetta, after destroying a national monument, the
protagonist takes over a government-controlled news agency and urges
fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny. Commanding the airwaves,
the film’s hero proclaims, “The truth is, there is
something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?”
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