Guy Fawkes

Hello World,

This week I saw something great:

“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason, and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason should ever be forgot.”

Let’s consider this: Many believe that this quote is directly related to this :

V for Vendetta HOWEVER, this is not an accurate representation of Guy Fawkes Night. King James I lit multiple bonfires throughout London to celebrate preventing the destruction of Parliament. In this movie’s case they explore the book 1984 and provide epic plot twists that I will not divulge into for the sake of spoilers.

Guy Fawkes is complete with burning effigies, parades, lighting fireworks, roaming vendors, and attempting to ride ever roller coaster during happy hour.

Further more, it is important to know that to summarize what Guy Fawkes Night means to the English, it is: “Anti-Terrorism Day.”

Which looks more like this:

Lewes_photograph_by_heather_buckley_from_flickrSo let’s talk politics.  The quote I would like you to consider is:

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.” – Alan Moore.

The fascinating ideal of this quote is that both sides of the spectrum exist; however, what interests me is the opposite of grandeur. When a revolution takes place that no one knows about.

I find the case of Iceland’s revolt fascinating. Everyone has heard about Egyptians attempts (and successes) at overthrowing the government. So why didn’t anyone hear about Iceland? This may be because it worked efficiently and without a single drop of blood spilled. Both Guy Fawkes and the Egyptians plans (would have) resulted in a lot of death. It is possible that the rest of the World’s governments doesn’t want to let Iceland serve as an example. This is a case where governments (/bankers) were taken down by the people. Whereas the presence of an 1894 regime would indicate the government taking over the people. This could include Nazi Germany, or today with North Korea.

Overall, by balancing the two perspectives of governments fearing their people and people fearing their governments, we encounter the theory of consistent change. We can look all the way back to the Ancient Romans sense of politics and see the shift of: Monarchy to Oligarchy to Democracy all the way back to Monarchy.  Even with the mixed constitution: One exceeded the other and resulted in unexpected change.

I believe that this quote could use an addendum. That despite the faith in people that this quote is intended, it could politically assert that the balance of power requires both and hopefully without fear.

I hope that you all enjoyed Guy Fawkes Night!

Good Night World,



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