Chaplin Speech

LISTEN: The Speech, by Charlie Chaplin, Adapted by Kristian Cruz

On episode 19 of my podcast, I read an adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Dictator (1940) that Kristian Cruz did to fit our modern day situation.

You can read it on RedMillennial:



I don’t want to be a civil leader. That’s not my goal. I don’t want to rule or manipulate anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible–Hispanic, black, and white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Hate has poisoned men’s souls and divided the nation, goose-stepping us into misery and division. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. The media that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than hate, we need our humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

Social media and the internet has brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, for universal brotherhood, and for the unity of us all. Even now my writing can reach millions throughout the world–millions of despairing men, women, and little children–victims of a system that makes men divide and hate others.

To those who can read this, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of hate, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and leaders die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Americans! Don’t give yourselves to so-called leaders–men who despise you, enslave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, and use you as a pawn. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men–evil men with evil minds and evil hearts! You are not evil. You are not cattle. You are Americans. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate. Only the unloved hate–the unloved and the unnatural. Americans, don’t fight for division. Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke, it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man”–not one man nor a group of men, but in all men, in you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, a wonderful adventure.

In the name of democracy, let us use that power–let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world–a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, evil has risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will!

Civil leaders free themselves but they enslave the people. Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national division, to do away with greed, hate, and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Americans, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Read it on RedMillennial