By Tony Benn in Michael Moore's Sicko
Pay attention to the very last sentences. While we may not be shackled with debts as the Americans are, maybe you can find something very similar to what HK people feel right now
‘I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world. If you have power you use it to meet the needs of you and your community. And this idea of choice which capital talks about all the time, choice depends on the freedom to choose and if you’re shackled with debt you don’t have the freedom to choose. People in debt become hopeless and the hopeless don’t vote, so they always say everyone should vote, but I think if the poor in Britain or the United States voted for people who represented their interests if would be a real democratic revolution. And 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 demoralise them. An educated healthy and confident nation is harder to govern. And I think there’s 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 one per cent of the world’s population own eighty per cent of the world’s wealth. It’s incredible that people put up with it but they are poor, they’re demoralised and they’re frightened and therefore they think the safest thing to do is to take orders and hope for the best.’ – Tony Benn.