I know there was the movie V for Vendetta, and I know that’s largely how he was re-introduced into the public sphere, but here’s the issue: Guy Fawkes was so far to the right it’s hard to describe. This is a man who wanted to re-institute Catholic rule in Britain, by assassinating King James I. Essentially, he thought the British monarchy wasn’t conservative enough. Why on Earth did this man get chosen to be the face of left wing activism? He was an old school, western reactionary conservative. Not in the same sense American conservatives are conservative today, but even further from what the modern left would want. Maybe most people wearing the mask don’t know their history? Maybe they just don’t care. I couldn’t tell you.
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