Once more we have reached the middle of the week, it is Thursday and I want to let artists speak and today they speak about politics. I have tried to mix it up, so I looked at Sir Michael Phillip Jagger first. No one can deny that he is an artist, a great songwriter, a singer, an actor and a film producer, with time enough to still be the front-man for a band that many consider the best Rock n’ Roll band in the world and one of the most long lasting ones.
So what has Mick Jagger said about politics?
“Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.”
Anarchy is a bona fide system of government, an option, a choice and a route that millions follow and wish to one day bring to the world. Although I am not saying that I am an anarchist, I am saying that I recognise their right to exist.
And anarchy does not mean the absence of government, what it looks for is the absence of governments that owe their allegiance and existence to a “nation”. A government of anarchists would owe their existence to the community. From the grassroots of the people surge the “leaders”, each from their own community and their function is to enlarge the ability of the community to grow and produce the items necessary to provide for each.
Ok, so that’s my political-historical-social speech for the day…and…
A few other things that old Mick has said which might or might not have anything to do, or a lot to do, with politics, is:
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”
“I would like to reach a balance and forget a few things.”
“Americans get very simple explanations of what happens to them.”
I think that when you attempt to create a society, a community of people, such things as borders, the integrity of nations and the creation of huge armies et cetera, are secondary to the integral needs of humanity. What a state may want may not necessarily be the things which should, by default, be the responsibility of the “government”. The government is not there to give the people what they “want” but what they “need”. If the the government can do that, it has done its job.
So let us end with a fun quote:
“There’s no absolutes in life – only vodka.”
(Please watch the companion video with quotes from the artists that form part of this week’s “Artists Speak” series)