People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
—V, V for Vendetta (2005)
You’d think educating children would be more of a priority in this country but you’d be
wrong. Governments got better things to spend our money on, like corporate handouts
and building bombs.
—Irene, The Mist (2007)
We’re almost certain that ghouls and werewolves occupy high positions at city hall. —Edgar Frog, The Lost Boys (1987)
There’s no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties.
—Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
We’ve got so many problems that we don’t even want to look at them anymore. They
just blend together into this great big noise and pretty soon we can’t even hear
ourselves think. But that’s not even the worst part. The worst part is that we feel like we
can’t do anything about it, and that’s a tragedy. Because we can. We don’t know where
to start maybe, maybe that’s what it is, but I have an idea of where we can start. From
today, I’m going to make it the responsibility of this government to find a job for every
American that wants one.
—Dave, Dave (1993)
Why are you guys so anti-‐dictators? Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1% of the people have all the nation’s 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 wiretap phones. You could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged 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. —General Aladeen, The Dictator (2012)