I will end… with a little scene that took place in the last months of peace. They were the most terrible months of my life, for, helplessly and hopelessly, one watched the inevitable approach of war. One of the most horrible things at that time was to listen on the wireless to the speeches of Hitler—the savage and insane ravings of a vindictive underdog who suddenly saw himself to be all-powerful. We were in Rodmell during the late summer of 1939, and I used to listen to those ranting, raving speeches. One afternoon I was planting in the orchard under an apple-tree iris reticulata, those lovely violet flowers… Suddenly I heard Virginia’s voice calling to me from the sitting room window: “Hitler is making a speech.” I shouted back, “I shan’t come. I’m planting iris and they will be flowering long after he is dead.” Last March, twenty-one years after Hitler committed suicide in the bunker, a few of those violet flowers still flowered under the apple-tree in the orchard.
Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
Noam Chomsky: Seeing Donald Trump win reminded me of listening to Hitler’s rallies as a boy
Linguist also says he believes a ‘militant labour movement’ could unseat the magnate in 2020
Noam Chomsky has spoken of how watching the results come in on the night of Donald Trump’s US election victory dredged up memories of his feelings after listening to Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies as a boy.
The linguist was speaking during the 20th anniversary party for online news channel Democracy Now. He told audience members that spending November 8 in Barcelona had a “special personal resonance” because his first published article was about the city’s fall to dictator Francisco Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War.
He had written about “the apparently inexorable spread of fascism over Europe and maybe the whole world”, he said.
He added: “I’m old enough to have been able to listen to Hitler’s speeches, the Nuremberg rallies, not understanding the words, but the tone and the reaction of the crowd was enough to leave indelible memories.
"And watching those results come in did arouse some pretty unpleasant memories, along with what is happening in Europe now, which, in many ways, is pretty frightening, as well.”
Mr Chomsky also said he believed Donald Trump supporters could be enticed to vote Democrat again if the Bernie Sanders movement offered a real program for “hope and change”.
On the same evening Vice President Joe Biden said he might run for president in 2020, Mr Chomsky told the audience that reigniting a “militant labour movement” could swing the next election.
He said American workers have been beaten down for decades with weakened labour unions and stagnant wage growth since neo-liberal policies were instituted in 1979. President Obama’s supporters in 2008 and 2012 were voting for his slogan of “hope and change”, but were disappointed.
The final speech from Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, 1940.
The fact that Charlie’s dripping with sweat and almost breaks down at the very end (can you see that exhausted, choked-up release there?) shows just how passionately he felt about what was going on.
I still think it’s absolutely incredible that he made a film such as this, the content of which was so outspoken, not to mention so hauntingly accurate - considering the true horrors of what had indeed been going on in Europe didn’t surface till much later - in 1940. He systematically subverted and tore apart one of the most feared, most ruthless dictators the world has ever seen. He did this whilst that tyrant was at the peak of his power. And he did it with comedy. How? Simple. The man was a genius.
A Vanity Fair expose from 1990 on Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce said Ivana told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that her husband kept a collection of Hitler’s speeches in his bedside cabinet, and from time to time read them.
As far as gleefully triumphant movie endings go, you’re not going to do a lot better than the last scene from the first Star Wars. Not only do they get a medal, but Luke and Han also get a steamy look from a hot girl who totally isn’t the long-lost sister of one of them.
In fact, this is the only Star Wars film that gets a perfectly happy ending (Leia’s whole world was blown up at one point, but she seems pretty OK with it by now). It’s such an epic and emotional moment that a lot of people use the same song in their weddings. They might not be so eager to do that if they knew the next part, though.
Who did it first?
Hitler. Hitler did this one first.
That is a still from the Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will, which, like The Birth of a Nation, is considered to be an important milestone of cinema, despite being pretty racist (it includes some of Hitler’s speeches). But hey, at least D.W. Griffith didn’t kill 6 million people. Now, we’re not saying that Darth Vader is supposed to be Hitler or something like that – we’re pretty sure that’s Luke.