Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" delivers Inspired Satire on American Democracy

I saw Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator last night, anticipating his outrageous brand of in-your-face comedy. What I had not expected was some inspired political satire, riffing on the lawlessness in our democracy. Here is a snippet of the movie and an accompanying transcript (spoiler alert!):

"Why are you guys so anti-dictators? Imagine if America was a dictatorship. You could let 1 percent 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."

Jaime Falcon

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