the dictator

 “why are you guys so anti-dictators? imagine if america was a dictatorship – you could let one percent of the people have all the nations wealth, you could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes and bailing them out when they gamble and lose, you could ignore the needs of the poor for health care and education, your media would appear free but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family, you could wire-tab phones, you could torture foreign prisoners, you could have reeked elections, you could lie about why you go to war, you could fill your prisons with one particular racial group and no one would complain, you could use the media to scare the people into supporting policies that are against their interests – I know this is hard for you americans to imagine…”

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUSiCEx3e-0)

the dictator is the newest movie co-written by and starring sacha noam baron cohen. the film is full of intellectual sarcasm, challenging the view on the unquestioned purity and rightness of the ideal of democracy. it is not so much about making a dictatorship look good, but about questioning the handling of democratic regimes today, which is brilliantly reflected in the quote.

the movie is worth to be seen by anyone who enjoys the colloquial form of sarcasm of cohen-movies. personally, i think, that the point about criticizing the happenings in the united states today would have been stronger without the additional talk about democracy having non-shaved armpits, but i see why this comment was necessary for the movie. i highly enjoyed, however, the picture of the “democratic wadiya”, which showed how democracy today is more a label in order to satisfy western terms than a system of value and believe. 

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