Great Rod Serling speech on American imperialismSubmitted by Mr. Spock on Sat, 02/23/2013 - 01:28
Here's a great speech against American empire and imperialism from the pen of Rod Serling. This is from one of the few hour-long episodes of Twilight Zone. The episode was called No Time Like the Past. The first comment under the video says Serling suffered from PTSD after WWII. Not sure if that's true, but it would certainly explain his POV. (He wrote this episode.)
Here's most of the synopsis of the episode from Wikipedia:
Cynical over the direction of the twentieth century, Paul Driscoll (Dana Andrews) solicits the help of his colleague Harvey (Robert F. Simon) and uses a time machine with the noble intention to go back in time and alter past events (in such a way as to minimize the loss of human life) involving the First and Second World Wars. Paul first travels to Hiroshima in August 1945 and attempts to warn a Hiroshima police captain (James Yagi) about the atomic bomb and tries to convince him to evacuate the city. Paul’s warnings however are dismissed and he is unable to change history. Paul then travels to a Berlin hotel room to assassinate Adolf Hitler (in August 1939 immediately before the outbreak of World War II in September 1939), but his plans are interrupted when a hotel housekeeper knocks on his door and later calls two SS guards to his room, causing him to leave 1939 before assassinating Hitler. On his third journey to the past, Paul tries to change the course of Lusitania to avoid being torpedoed by a World War I German U-boat, but is unable to do so when the ship’s captain (Tudor Owen) questions his believability. Paul accepts the hypothesis that the past cannot be changed. He then uses the time machine to journey to the town of Homeville, Indiana in 1881 (with the intention of escaping and living out a quiet, uncomplicated life). He then realizes that President James A. Garfield will get shot the next day. However, he allows the assassination to happen. While in 1881, Paul stays at a boarding house in town and meets Abigail Sloan (Patricia Breslin) [TZ fans will recognize her as William Shatner's wife in the classic episode, Nick of Time, about the fortune telling machine in the diner - Mr. Spock], a fellow resident and teacher at Homeville’s schoolhouse. At one of the boarding house’s dinners, Paul gets into an argument with another boarder over war and imperialism.
Watch the first five minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKL-asLhaAo