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RT Discussion List Q&A I
1/29/2008 (updated 1/29/2008)

Compiled by Flip Feij @
http://www.richardthompsonforcompletists.com

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 the road".

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.

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