Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy The Dictator includes a great speech by the dim witted dictator himself, where he unintentionally describes bourgeois democracy while advocating in favor of totalitarian dictatorships, a subtle and humorous nudge so the audience can reflect on how we are truly far from living in a democratic society. Only by truly and profoundly socializing information, decision making, and the economy, can we begin to progress into a participatory and democratic system. Read or watch the speech below.
“Why are you guys so anti-dictatorship? Imagine if America was a dicatatorship! 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 wire-tape 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. I knew this is hard for you Americans to imagine, but please: try!”