Oliver Stone is an award winning screenwriter, film director, and producer who most recently directed and co-wrote Snowden. He has openly expressed his support for Wikileaks and visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2013, appearing in the same year in a video amongst other celebrities offering support for Chelsea Manning.
In a recent speech at the Writers Guild Awards, Oliver makes a point to highlight the discrepancies in today’s government and the role we play as either watchers or participants.
He accentuates how flawed the political system is, on every side:
In the 13 wars we’ve started over the last 30 years and the 14 billion dollars we’ve spent, and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this Earth, remember that it wasn’t one leader, but a system, both Republican and Democrat. Call it what you will, the military, industrial, security, money, media complex. It’s a system that has been perpetuated under the guise that these are just wars justifiable in the name of our flag that flies so proudly over our lives.