RT Discussion List Q&A I
1/29/2008 (updated 1/29/2008)
Compiled by Flip Feij @
The Huffington Post (September 27 2007) quoted you, predicting an America
heading toward something like *a Socialist revolution*:
"The big corporations, the banks, the other powerful interests who decide
policy now - their policies are incredibly unpopular. Of course, they're not
going to give up without a fight. And as they drive the American middle
class into poverty this huge, poor, dispossessed middle class is going to be
really pissed off".
"They're going to demand a say. The American people have no say in their
destiny. Everything is manipulated. They can only last for so long. The only
opportunity for reform may come from a revolution fifteen years or so down
Has this been quoted adequately and if so, I'd have three questions:
1. Could a new administration make any difference? How?
RT: I was in a pretty despairing state when I said that, and obviously it
depends. I suppose I was seeing rampant, unchecked Capitalism as being
undemocratic, at least aginst democracy in the Platonic sense, in which some
amount of public work and care for the poor is inbuilt. A change of
administration can claw America towards some middle ground, and away from
the slippery slope to fascism. I'm concerned that, whoever is in power,
Republican or Democrat, they've already been bought by the lobbyists, and
that might call for the emergence of a third party, a peoples' party, that
could raise funds differently, and push for constitutional reform, abolish
the electoral college, dump the Federal Reserve, etc., and seriously limit
the powers of lobbyists.
2.What would be an attitude towards the US for the rest of the world?
RT: The US has lost all its prestige and good will around the world. A new
government would wisely disown the aberration of the Bush years, and try to
rebuild relations by being less arrogant. Instead of dropping bombs on
helpless civilian populations, why not drop goats? That's a better way to
win hearts and minds, and much cheaper.
3. Are you preparing yourself and your family for spending most of your
days in Scotland or Italy, as soon as you'll be 73-ish?
RT: I love America and Americans, and I'd like to stay here. If the politics
got worse, I could envisage being somewhere else. I have simple needs...
4. What's the current state of the music business in terms of creativity challenge & market, compared to your early days as an independent artist? (not from Britney's point of view).
RT: Everything is up in the air now, and it's hard to tell how it will all
resolve. CD sales have quartered, downloads are slowly creeping up. For
established artists who perform live, the concert seems to be the stable
element. For younger artists, it's going to be tough to get the name and the
music out there...more 'boutique' radio channels would help, more word of
mouth, more internet connectivity...the major labels seem to be narrowing
their scope to the mass appeal acts, and the corporate tie-ins with the fast
food chain and the movie.