In case you were wondering where Anonymous got the speech you hear at the end of the video they just released, it’s the famous one given Dec. 2, 1964 by Mario Savio, leader of the Berkeley Free Speech movement:
There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.
And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.
This is the time, really. Each of us has to look inside our hearts and decide. Are we passive victims of the oligarchy, or are we fighters against the machine? I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much faith that electoral politics can solve much of anything now.
I mean, think about this: The Republican governor of Michigan just gave himself the ability to suspend local governments at his whim. What does that tell you?
Where is our country headed? What are we going to do about it? How do we get the power back?
Maybe you’re not ready to be an activist just yet. Probably you still have something left to lose. But we’re getting dangerously close to the point where most of us don’t.
We’ve been living in a dream. Hear that alarm clock? Time to wake up.