Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot
The original meaning of Guy Fawkes Day as a day to celebrate King James not being blown to smithereens by fanatical Catholics has been forever re-set in the popular imagination of the next generation by the fabulous ‘V for Vendetta’.
While holding no meaning in a modern society not riven by religious schisms, The 5th of November can be a popular celebration for the spirit of revolution. In the immortal words of the ‘V’ character, “people should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people”.
In times where the mass surveillance state is bordering on the authoritarian and fascist, the spirt of Revolution must be fostered for symbolic purposes to keep the passion for Democracy alive. V for Vendetta inspired an entire aesthetic for the Anonymous movement and in a country where little true culture beyond consumer consumption is ever commemorated, let’s take back the 5th of November and refuse to hand in our fireworks.
Nothing smells sweeter on a faint Summer night crisp with the aroma of cut grass than the blistering burn of gunpowder in the back of your throat in these times of big brother spying Governments.
Let’s keep the 5th of November and celebrate with our friends and comrades that we have the means to gather in public and keep authorities weary. That is worth celebrating.