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(en) black rose fed: BOOTS RILEY: POWER IS NOT IN ELECTED OFFICE
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 10:02:39 +0300
The following are excerpts from an interview by Patt Morrison of the LA Times published on
July 18, 2018. ---- PM: There are many people who, like your character Cassius - Cash -
who say, "Look, I agree with you, but I need to pay the bills, and if I have to cross a
picket line to do it, so be it. I'll take whatever they pay me, and I'm happy to get it."
What makes these people feel they have any power? ---- I think that people end up
realizing, in those situations, that they are just pawns as well, and they're by
themselves. You can't get much done by yourself. Speaking as someone who made a movie -
and it took hundreds of people to make it happen - I can say that. And any movement that
we see, any big change, does take other people. ---- I actually don't think most people
would make those decisions[like Cash]. I think some would relate to what he's saying.
One the one hand, many movements have put being involved in social justice as an
extracurricular activity, as something you do when you're off work or on Saturdays or
whatever. And people say, I can't be involved in it - I got to pay the bills. And we
haven't been organizing in the way that helps people pay the bills.
If there is a different kind of movement, where it is organizing around those things,
organizing around putting food on the table, I think we'll have a whole different look at
these movements. People shouldn't have to get involved after work; they should be able to
get involved at work.
PM: If we were to update a movement anthem - maybe from "We Shall Overcome" - could you
write one? What would it sound like? What would it say?
It would probably be a song from my last album, a song called "The Guillotine." It's a
metaphorical guillotine because[if]you use the guillotine for real, just more of them pop up.
It's talking about the idea that we have the ability to have a society where the people
democratically control the wealth that we create with our labor, so we don't have someone
ruling us in that way.
PM: Is this a system you'd ever take part in by running for office?
Nope. Here's the thing: I know where the seat of power really is. And it's not in the
PM: Where is it?
It's in the ruling class, the folks that have the money. For lack of a more understandable
thing, the 1%, you know. Those are the puppeteers. The folks in office are the puppets. If
we can make a movement that can get to the puppeteers, then the puppets will do whatever
Think about it like this: Affirmative action came in under[President]Nixon, and it's not
because he just had one contradiction where he had some progressive idea and was like,
"Hey, let's do this." No, it's because the ruling class was afraid of this movement that
Let's take it back to even the New Deal. It's the biggest liberal reform we've had in the
20th century - that and the civil rights bill. But that didn't come because of a big
campaign to get FDR in office. That came because all throughout the South, and places like
Alabama, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, there were mining strikes, shutting down mines.
In the Midwest at the same time, in the '20s and '30s, there were people occupying
factories. On the West Coast, at that time, there were the longshoremen who were shutting
down the ports to create there, for the first time, a union.
In that milieu, with revolutions going on all around the world, the ruling class was
afraid of an actual movement, perhaps a revolutionary movement happening, and because of
that, we've got the New Deal, specifically because that's what the left focused on -
movements that were able to withhold labor.
So if we're looking for extreme changes like that, and we want elected officials to make
big changes like that, we've got to stop focusing only on elections because then we're
going to get caught in this cycle.
Right now, the next time a Democrat gets in office, all they have to do is be two inches
to the left of[President]Trump.
The evil genius of Trump is that he's already got the Democratic Party and people who want
him out to move to the right in order to get him out. You got people cheering on the CIA
and the FBI, this false nationalism where people are cheering, "Let's only use politicians
that only take U.S. billionaires' money."
There are people that are doing this that know better. But the opportunism of electoral
politics makes people lie to each other.
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