…Find Money to Help People, Interview with Tony Benn

If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people is a recent Facebook post quote from by Tony Benn, a retired UK Parliament and labour party member, from an interview by Michael Moore in the film Sicko:

The blog of comments that follow is interesting, ranging from supportive to critical.  The critique is the same old attitude that everyone should basically get a job and not live off of handouts that others worked hard for.  It seems to me that there are abuses of social democratic systems which is why a strong educated democracy is needed. There are shadow sides such as when indigenous people are controlled by a federal system that is not there own and which takes away their livelihood. A common language is needed to bring people together which complicates things when you have different cultures.

Here is the interview of Tony Benn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNJUc3lfQM Here is a transcript: “Before we had the vote, all power was in the hands of rich people…and what democracy did was give the poor the vote and it moved power from the market place to the polling station, from the wallet to the ballot, “If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.” I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world, far more revolutionary than socialist ideas… because if you have power you use it to meet the needs of your community and this idea of choice which Capital talks about…depends on the freedom to choose and if you’re shackled with debt you don’t have freedom to choose… People in debt become hopeless and hopeless people don’t vote.  They always say that that everyone should vote but I think that if the poor in Britain or the United States turned out and voted for people that represented their interests there would be a real democratic revolution. So they don’t want it to happen…. See I think there are two ways in which people are controlled, first of all frighten people and secondly, demoralize them. An educated, healthy and confident nation is harder to govern. …and I think there is an element in the thinking of some people We don’t want people to be educated healthy and confident because they would get out of control.  The top 1% of the worlds population and 80% of the worlds wealth, it’s incredible but people put up with it but they’re poor, they’re demoralized, their frightened and they think perhaps the safest thing to do is to take orders and hope for the best.”

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