Makes sense even today.
Chaplin defied Hollywood to make a silent film in 1936. Like all of us working stiffs, I sometimes don't understand society either. It's the heart of the Depression and all anyone wanted was work, so when the factories open up, mobs of people show up to get a job. But, that same day the workers apparently wanted more that a job, so they go on strike. What? But, this is how we work. It also shows how society views are legal system. That prisoners are treated better than the non-criminals. During the Depression, people wanted to go to jail, that way they knew that they were going to be fed 3 meals a day and have a roof over their head. But those on the outside struggled everyday just to stay alive. Modern Times indeed.