There is a quote often attributed to Churchill that runs ‘A man who is not a liberal in his twenties has no heart, a man who is a liberal in his thirties has no head.’
Churchill did not say this.
However, I also don’t think it’s true. I started out considerably more right wing than I am now and have progressively shifted more to the left as the effects of rampant, selfish, in it for yourself capitalism have wrecked the institutions and the country I love.
Money is supposed to be our servant and not our master, yet the market has become a justification for almost any measure governments and their big business backers wish to impose, no matter how damaging it is to communities.
Along with a lot of people, I feel this should stop, but it’s going to require some hard headedness and graft to do. Pretty words are never enough and Russell Brand’s energetic apathy is entirely the wrong path.
The revolution will not come unless it is well financed
Because money is the freedom to act
And whilst it is a useful servant
It is a terrible master
The revolution will not come until we can make
The water flow and food grow in the fields
Because thirst and hunger will be used as whips
Against our free minds.
The revolution will not come until we can produce
For ourselves and let those who produced
And those who created take their share,
Or we will be held thrall by the purveyors of shiny trinkets
Always taking the majority and leaving the crumbs
For those whose sweat and labour
To squabble over
In the dust at their feet.
The revolution will not come as long as you tune in
And drop out, composing verses and songs
In your minds and fuelling anger in the evenings
That briefly fills the empty gaps where
You know you should be whole, but after the hit, you awake to find
No lasting solution.
The revolution will not come without self-discipline
Hard work and sacrifice and though music
Can be a catalyst and well-chosen words
A means to galvanize action, they are nothing
But whispers on the wind, empty threats
Without the means to enforce our will.
The revolution will not come through displays in the street
Or debates on television or petitions to our masters and betters
Because they do not respect words, for they are creatures of power
And avarice, and they care not for reason.
But when they awake to find empty bank balances,
Their streets unpoliced, their products unbought,
Their lies ignored, their guns empty and their soldiers gone,
Then they will wake up and listen.
The revolution will not come unless we take what we want
No one is going to give it to us
For if we have the courage and the will and the work
We can create an Eden on earth