It is a line from the V for Vendetta movie in which V, the lead freedom fighter rescues a girl about to be raped by the secret police of the futuristic London and says…
What exactly is he referring to?
In London, there is a Guy Fawkes holiday that falls on November the 5th, 1605. It was the night that Guy Fawkes tried to overthrow the current King of England by blowing up Parliament. Later it became a grand holiday that people dance to and light up bonfires.
In the futuristic movie, this holiday was banned and forgot, so the villain/hero decides to retry to blow up Parliament to overthrow the dictator Adam Sandler from power.
Are there any parallels in our present day?
Well, if you look at UK they have over 1.4 million cameras run by CCTV to watch for crime. This is equivalent to one camera every 32 people in the whole country mostly in urban settings. This same use of cameras could be used as a way to control the population if an autocratic government came to power as in the movie V for Vendetta.
In the US, the government set up Prism under the NSA. The government story is that they only use it to check on the location of your phone number. While Edward Snowden claims that they are using it to track any civilian virtually online with data up to 7 years in the past. Sounds like a witch hunt of the civilian population. This makes Nixon and McCarthy era look like Sesame Street in comparison. This tool could easily be used to control a civilian population under an autocratic regime. With the current Obama regime using the IRS to hinder the popular vote to possibly skew a popular election, you definitely have to be wondering where this is heading. Are we still in a democracy?
If you look at the US Constitution, the 4th Amendment strictly says government is not allowed to illegal search. If you look at the NSA and Prism, this is an illegal search of the whole US population at will. The government claims these are in check in under a secret court FISA. Why does the court have to be secret? Are the courts and President truly following the US constitution they are sworn to uphold?
Which scene is the painting about?
In the film, the hero/villain survives a violent fire of the labs they run human experiments. These experiments alters his DNA to have super-human traits while at the same time inventing a cure to the terrible virus the government unleashes on the population to seal the absolute power they take over the government.
How did the fictional dictator come to power in the film?
The group uses paranoia of the virus infection, hatred of minorities and fear. As the inspector in the film finds out the genius of the plan is the fear instilled in the population.
Are there parallels in today’s world?
If you look at modern TV anchors, rather than reporting the news objectively they state their opinions. Usually, it is how one side or the other is racist, hates minorites and is not worth listening to. In a true democracy, people debate the issues and concede when they lost a logical point. Do we have that in the current TV shouting matches we have nowadays?