Yesterday was Guy Fawkes Night. ABC News has an interesting article about how his image has come to be associated with present-day protests.
And once again, I must reiterate my opinion that Guy Fawkes is really not the kind of guy you want your protest movement associated with. Not just because the morality of his plan was highly questionable, nor even because his plan failed, but because of how incompetent he and all his fellow plotters seem to have been.
I guess my problem is that, wearing the Guy Fawkes mask at a protest seems to me to be saying “I don’t know much about history, but I have watched action movies!” But that’s just my opinion.