“Alguns fantasmas nunca desaparecem”

No site da BBC, Alan Moore escreve sobre o uso que os indignados do mundo inteiro têm feito da máscara de Guy Fawkes, um símbolo da rebelião contra o poder que ele elevou a ícone da cultura popular na novela gráfica V for Vendetta (publicada em 1982, no auge do consulado de Margaret Thatcher). Eis um excerto:

«Our present financial ethos no longer even resembles conventional capitalism, which at least implies a brutal Darwinian free-for-all, however one-sided and unfair. Instead, we have a situation where the banks seem to be an untouchable monarchy beyond the reach of governmental restraint, much like the profligate court of Charles I.
Then, a depraved neglect of the poor and the “squeezed middle” led inexorably to an unanticipated reaction in the horrific form of Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War (…).
Today’s response to similar oppressions seems to be one that is intelligent, constantly evolving and considerably more humane, and yet our character’s borrowed Catholic revolutionary visage and his incongruously Puritan apparel are perhaps a reminder that unjust institutions may always be haunted by volatile 17th century spectres, even if today’s uprisings are fuelled more by social networks than by gunpowder.
Some ghosts never go away.
As for the ideas tentatively proposed in that dystopian fantasy thirty years ago, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that whatever usefulness they afford modern radicalism is very satisfying.»

«Tenho a suspeita de que a espécie humana - a única - está prestes a extinguir-se e que a Biblioteca perdurará: iluminada, solitária, infinita, perfeitamente imóvel, armada de volumes preciosos, inútil, incorruptível, secreta» Jorge Luis Borges