ALAN MOORE on the use of the Guy Fawkes mask on Occupied Wall Street and various protest movements around the world.
“In terms of a wildly uninformed guess at our political future, it feels something like V for validation.”
Everything I know about anarchy as a political theory I know from comics, of course. But it’s arguable that a picture of a Guy Fawkes mask at Occupy Wall Street is not only the best, but really only adaptation of V FOR VENDETTA possible.
While OWS was and is equal parts inspiring, troublesome, invigorating, and embarrassing, the disorganization and lack of a single, authoritative agenda that its critics attempted to use to discredit it was in fact its elusive and maddening strength.
What I took from it, at least, was pure anarchy: at the heart of a financial system that seemed unaccountable even to elected government, humans came and said: your control is limited.
You don’t control us. You don’t fully control even this PRIVATE public park. And except by virtue of our consent—or your sheer force—you never did.
OWS denied their consent to governance, and they were met with sheer force. This was always, logically what would and perhaps even SHOULD occur. But the point was proved.
And you still see that mask around.
That is all.
I hope, I really do, that many, many people can relate to what is said both in the article and this opinion; the effect of Occupy and Anonymous, really, is to show that it is not natural at all for humanity to caste itself - but for humanity, with all its disagreements, opinions and unique traits, to enter into discourse and solve issues through direct talk between people.
Politicians are avatars, that is all. They are puppets, and we are supposed to be the ones pulling the strings. And if we aren’t doing that any more, and others have seized control?
We cut the strings, and retie them.