Pink Floyd The Wall: the Movie (2000)
Life in Britain during World War II must have been hell. The constant fear of invasion by the Germans coupled with nightly bombing raids and V2 rockets would have kept the population on edge. How they survived is astounding, but it must have left a residue of anxiety.
George Orwell wrote “Nineteen Eighty-Four” shortly after the war, and the picture was bleak.
Roger Waters of the group Pink Floyd must have picked up the same ‘vibe’ when he wrote “The Wall” (1979). His vision of a dystopian world takes the concept of Big Brother that one step further into insanity. He envisioned a world in lockstep with fascism.
In fact, alienation is the overarching theme of this concept album (and then music movie) and during the 1980’s this may have been a ‘real’ feeling of how the world had finally gone mad.
When the population follows a charismatic leader, all kinds of aberrations occur. January 6th of this year is a case in point. And we haven’t seen the last of Donald Trump, so I can only imagine how much worse life in the States could get. But other parts of the world are under siege, too. Will the world survive?
Another Brick in the Wall
I don’t need no arms around me
And I don’t need no drugs to calm me
I have seen the writing on the wall
Don’t think I need anything at all
No, don’t think I’ll need anything at all
All in all, it was all just bricks in the wall
All in all, you were all just bricks in the wall
(Doesn’t that say it all?)
Fascism is fascination of power over the intellect. When you stand up to the crowd, you’re considered a freak. This is freaking ugly, this is freaking sick. Long live Liberty of Thought.