Liberty Will Never Perish
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Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes
men who despise you - enslave you
who regiment your lives - tell you what to do
what to think and what to feel!
Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle,
use you as cannon fodder
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men
machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines! You are not cattle!
You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts!
You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate
the unloved and the unnatural!
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery!
Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written:
“the Kingdom of God is within man”
not one man nor a group of men, but in all men!
In you! You, the people have the power
the power to create machines.
The power to create happiness!
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful,
to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then - in the name of democracy -
let us use that power
let us all unite.
Let us fight for a new world
a decent world that will give men a chance to work
that will give youth a future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power.
But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise.
They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!
Now let us fight to fulfill that promise!
Let us fight to free the world
to do away with national barriers
to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.
Let us fight for a world of reason,
a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!
Music Written, recorded, produced, performed by Eric David Smith, Brooklyn, NY. Original speech by Charlie Chaplin from the film The Great Dictator.
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