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(en) Ireland, Dublin, V for Vendetta review - Anarchist Youth Pirate Film Showing

Date Tue, 13 Jun 2006 07:00:04 +0300

I am passing this on for comrades' consideration. Not having read the
graphic novel or seen the movie, I have no opinion on the matter, but
the comments are thought-provoking. W.
Anarchist Youth in Dublin recently showed V For Vendetta and had a discussion
about the politics of the film. These are the speakers notes from the discussion.
> After spending a long week <http://www.wsm.ie/story/813> outside St.
Patricks Cathedral Anarchist Youth yesterday held a film showing to
allow everyone to relax. We chose to show the major hollywood film "V
For Vendetta" for free as we are opposed to the idea of entertainment as
a commodity and intellectual property laws that outlaw downloading and
sharing information (movies, music, games, software).
The following is the basic text of a talk given before the film.
V for Vendetta was originally a graphic novel written in the 80's by
Alan Moore about a man taking on a fascistic regime and promoting
"Anarchy". The comic was full of choice quotes on the nature of the
state, justice and the struggle for a free society. The main character,
"V", is an 18th century style "propaganda by the deed" anarchist who
spends his time blowing up buildings and murdering people, it's all very
exciting if not somewhat cliché.
Many American anarchists were enraged that V's "anarchist" message was
cut out of the film and even launched a campaign to promote V as an
anarchist and to fill people in on what was left out of the film taking
the angle; "you know what V was against now find out what he was for".
For me this shows the naivety of certain American anarchists, did they
ever think that Hollywood would produce a film sympathetic to real
revolutionary ideas? Surely they didn't think the Wachowski brothers, of
"The Matrix" fame, would leave the story intact. Has Hollywood ever
taken a decent idea and turned it into anything more than a dumbed down,
meaningless, 2 hour long forumlaic product? But the question the
question that really struck me while watching the film was, is V
actually an anarchist?
Can anyone who acts on behalf of the people instead of alongside them
consider themselves an anarchist? His so called revolution, a crude plot
to overthrow the government by blowing up the houses of parliament would
not and could never lead to an anarchist society, if anything it would
only serve to strengthen the state. Capitalism is a social relationship,
defined by the system of wage labour, class structures and the pursuit
of profit. We have bosses and rulers, cops and big business all working
together to keep the organised chaos of the free market ticking over.
In this film V seems to be little more than the crude personification of
the media stereotyped anarchist. If he blows up parliament, will there
be anarchy? Or would another set of rulers just step into place and
continue business as usual? Unfortunately I think the latter is far more
likely. This is why anarchists believe that we must build the revolution
now in how we organise and we must make our ideas the leading ideas
within society before we can ever hope to overthrow this system. To
quote a comrade of mine arguing for an anarchist revolution ,
"For us means and ends are interconnected. The means we use influence
the society we want to see and we feel that an anarchist or communist
society cannot be brought about by centralising power. But this doesn't
mean that we believe in a "quick change". Revolution isn't a spectacular
event, it's a process. To stop a minority seizing power after a
revolution we need to encourage the self activity and organisation of
the Working Class in here and now. Following a revolution when the
bourgeoisie state is overthrown there will obviously be a vacuum of
power, or a dual power situation. This vacuum can be filled by the
democratic (mandated) organs of the Working class or by a vanguard that
takes control in the name of, and even possibly supported by the class."
Related Links,
Our site <http://www.anarchistyouth.org/>, made with open source software.
Torrent site <http://www.thepiratebay.org/> where you can download
copyrighted films, music, etc.
American "anarchist" site <http://www.aforanarchy/> which claims V was
an anarchist.
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