"More than machinery, we need humanity."
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In 1940, Charlie Chaplin put aside the Tramp character to write, direct, and star in "The Great Dictator." Rather than his usual slapstick comedy, "The Great Dictator" was a thoughtful political comedy, that not only satirized but also denounced authoritarianism.
In the film, the Barber, played by Charlie Chaplin, is mistaken for Hynkel, the great dictator. Hynkel, being an obvious stand-in for Adolf Hitler.
Rather than letting this opportunity of mistaken identity slip through his fingers, the Barber addresses a crowd as Hynkel, to explain that he's had a change of heart. And Charlie Chaplin delivers what many consider to be one of the greatest speeches ever to be recorded.
Though "The Great Dictator" was a criticism of the Nazis, it rings especially true today. Because in many ways, the Nazis won. Now, I'm not going to go into the typical storyline about racism in America. No, that's too obvious.
What everyone ignores is the not-so-obvious, but the one we're constantly immersed in. Like fish, since Nazi efficiency has become like water, we no longer see it. But it makes sense then that World War II was the marriage of Nazi efficiency and Japanese Imperial efficiency.
The Nazis and the Japanese didn't win World War II but in many ways, they won the war of work...
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Charlie Chaplin and "The Great Dictator"
Criticism of Hitler and Nazism
The inhumanity of hyper-efficiency
How Germany and Japan won the war of work
What is utilitarian ethics
Social media and partialism
Giving up our free will
Our misguided envy of machines
Robot is old Slavic for slave
World War II
Nazism and mental health
Seinfeld and the Soup Nazi
Projecting our culture onto other cultures and learning nothing
The need for community
Books I Recommend:
Hard Times – Charles Dickens
Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
1984 – George Orwell
Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna – Edith Sheffer
In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed – Carl Honore
My Autobiography – Charlie Chaplin
Theme – Chosen by Ross Bugden
Equal Value – Jared C. Balogh
Reverie – Ross Bugden
Industrial 8 – Soularflair
Awaken From A Nightmare – Silver Process
There Is Only This Love – Siddhartha
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