I have said for years now the biggest issue is that the voting machines themselves have no integrity, the votes are counted secretly by people who have every reason to manipulate them. And bribery has been completely legalized here now, so there is no justice, truth, wisdom or any other virtue in public policy here, it is simply a giant ethic-free auction.
I have supported for a long time, efforts such as:
I have gone to many protests against bullshit, gone door to door for the democratic party, been president of an organization that works against the drug war, i aided occupy wall street the best i could, constantly criticize fascists in online forums and even camp with indians and hippies in the woods praying for peace. And a good half of all the songs i sing, stuff i write, thing i say on stage, are all counter to this stupid war and the absurd energy economy, the broken politics, the completely propagandized mass media, the apparent loss of civilian control of the military and all political and human rights, globally maybe.
So yeah, I support a huge range of american progressive and radical politics, I can't even keep track of them all. You could sit hear all day and say, 'oh why are you so obsessed with this one' or 'why are you ignoring the plight of the antelopes.'
The Israel issue is far from my hobby horse or obsession. I simply find that without american foreign policy taking the absolute one-sided approach to a very two sided conflict, and a bizarre pseudo-religious marriage between fundamental christians, intelligence services and petroleum traders, the world would be a lot better place. And that every time I mention israel in a critical manner, I get this huge wave of suspicion and anxiety from people.
The job of an artist, especially comedians and writers, is to find the elephants in the room, the sacred cows, naked emperors, the things people feel they usually have to talk about in whispers, etc.
And then make art about them.
There is a huge impending war right now, so I think anyone who isn't speaking about this issue is kindof dull. And I'm so sick of watching people skirt the issue that I kindof started to enjoy the way people squirm when I try to get them to go on record about it.
And I don't care what anybody says, the state of the american political economy is on the brink of utter disaster. I am around both sides of it, and it is like watching two groups of decent people being brought to hate each other to the point of arming themselves with fully automatic rifles over the madness they watch on CNN/MSNBC/FOX. I can't help but also notice that the open nature of our society has made it very easy for russia, china, and israel to influence our domestic politics behind the scenes.
I think it is a really dangerous time. 'free speech' looks like it is no more and it's going to be 'watch what you say' for a long while.
I do not think that german society is in the same way shaking at it's foundation, although what happens with the united states has the strong potential to swirl up everybody in it. And I guess now a right winger has a chance anywhere but Iceland. Am I wrong?
Don't be sad for me. I have a very rich life, I think. I like my job, I like my apartment, Im still writing songs and jokes and stuff. However, my long term dismay is giving way to some actual fear, the shadows of Trump are quite ominous. I could go to jail for tweeting. Ideas are going to be made illegal.
I hope the recount succeeds, I think it's obvious the counting mechanisms are shady as hell and if they are brought to light, well thats a lot of ifs.
Does it really look from afar like America is ok? Do people over there just expect things over here to just roll along like they always have? Am I overreacting? (at this point Im only writing on the internet, but some of the issue is also that there seems to be NO correct action, these negative trends advance as if automatically and you can sit for a week trying to think of something new to do that would slow them down and everything has been tried and failed.....)