Thursday, Middle of the Week “Artists Speak” (on politics), Part I: Mick Jagger

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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)


  1. Easymalc · 20 Days Ago

    I think Mick is sitting on the fence a bit here. When he was young he was an anarchist, but as he’s got older, he’s not really an anarchist any more, but don’t want to admit it.

    The world is made up of all different peoples, which is why and how countries were formed. When everybody is thrown into the melting pot together nobody can agree on anything. When there are borders it keeps everyone away from each other’s throats (at least for some of the time).

    I always thought that it would take an outside force to bring the world closer together, but I was wrong, as this latest pandemic has proved. Perhaps I should become an anarchist – or maybe I am and just don’t want to admit it.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 20 Days Ago

      I think I am one too, and also will not admit it my friend. I too thought an outside force would bring people closer together and at first it seemed that it would but history doesn’t change and in the end the good will, the goodness and closeness, has been forgotten. I worked as a cop in the US (my family moved there due to my father’s job) and I worked through a major storm that almost destroyed a large part of Dade County, Florida and at first people were so cooperative and kind but as the summer got hotter and longer people got meaner and angry and the goodwill vanished. I feared the same thing would happen…all the best my friend!

      • Easymalc · 20 Days Ago

        I suppose human nature being what it is, it all comes down to the survival of the fittest, but I’ve always thought that if you have to get angry with someone, then at least you can do it with a smile, Stay safe Francesc

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 20 Days Ago

        You said it, my friend. I am sure you make a lot of people happy that surround you with a great smile. It is the international communication par excellence! Thank you my friend and

  2. Brad Osborne · 20 Days Ago

    Maybe I am the oddball here, but when someone reaches a certain level of financial success, I no longer feel they are in touch with the struggles of the average person. Now, add to that the kind of money it takes to seek political office and you can see why the average American does not feel at all represented in our own government. I cannot argue with is views of anarchy, but anarchy can easily slide into survival of the fittest. In an anarchistic society, the few are often trampled in the pursuit of the many. An thought provoking post, my friend! Keep up the good work!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 20 Days Ago

      I agree fully, 100%. In my opinion, and according to the experience I gained while living in the US and in the US Army, Communism and the so-called Socialism are euphemisms for dictatorships. The theory can seduce young minds but the reality helps you to quickly mature and realise that it is all a farce because unless they can re-make the human race, humanity does not conform to the dialectical materialism which guides Communism and reference Anarchism, well, it is also a lovely idea, and a great system, in writing, I am not even sure it could even be put to practice at all. Thank you my friend and all the best, and let’s keep thinking!

      • Brad Osborne · 20 Days Ago

        Like many great ideas, it is elegant in theory. But under the dynamics of cultural and herd mentality, it becomes mere wishful thinking…

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 20 Days Ago

        So true…

  3. spwilcen · 20 Days Ago

    The man’s thoughts are interesting.

  4. NZain · 20 Days Ago

    Cheers to vodka! But only the purest potato vodka. 😊

    Communities grow into nations.

    We are seeing all these so-called “organizers” organizing for anarchy. Sure when I was much younger the idea sounded so appealing. And then when anarchy sees the back of its own head—it bumps into order! Chaos/Order Yin/Yang. Round and round we go! Thanks for for these insights and thought provoking posts, Francisco. All the best!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 20 Days Ago

      You are right Nina…Anarchy sounds like a great way to proceed, but only on paper, in theory. It is the type of system that seduces the young but that makes us older people laugh…but the people who are “organising” back in your country, are not anarchists, or marxists, or anything. They are just “useful idiots” working for those who want to replace the constitutional government of the US with tyranny. That is why I fear the Biden side…
      All the best Nina,

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