V for Vendetta (and other stuff)

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot, I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

Many people will recognize the above little ditty as a reference to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Many more will recognize it from the “V for Vendetta” movie and/or graphic novel.

What I wonder is how many people will equate the society depicted in the book and movie with what is currently happening in the United States under George W. Bush’s administration.

One of my colleagues showed me a new slogan he has posted to his cubicle wall:

With Liberty and Justice for All*

* some restrictions apply; refer to PATRIOT Act for further details.

What’s frightening is just how true the above is, when warrentless wiretaps; seizure of library records; assaults on academic freedom and scientific inquiry, and so on.

Maybe it’s time for everyone to stand up and start questioning our government.

“…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. … when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the Declaration of Independence.