Saturday, September 19, 2009

Matt Bellamy wants us revolting

Muse aren't just there for filling the "best live band" slot at the NME Awards, you know.
Oh, no: they want to lead us onto the barricades:

He said: "I've got a home in the centre of London which is right near all the embassies and I notice protests on a regular basis.

"During the G-20 protests, the UK got closer to really making a dramatic change, a non-violent revolution.

"I think the UK needs one and I hope it hasn't died down. Hopefully, we can flame it up again."

The outspoken rocker has also railed against the political system in the UK branding it one of the "weakest democracies" in the developed world.

Matt, 31, added: "You can hear the general feeling that we've been let down again by big institutions which are supposed to be in positions of trust.

"Politicians, obviously, and bankers. The UK is quite behind the curve compared to America and most of Europe. We have one of the weakest democracies. I'm sure it could all be sorted out in a way which that's fairer for everyone."

Yes! Revolution!

You know what else we could do, Matt? We could all go out and make films about injustice and struggle and democracy and share them online. We can show each other the non-violent protests as they spread, encouraging and building dissent.

Although... under the ideas you outlined to Lily Allen, in order to protect a few mulitnational corporations, you'd be forced to pay through the nose to upload or download such materials, which introduces a pay barrier people to gain access to information and so would exclude the very people who have the most to protest about from being part of the debate.

Although... under the ideas you outlined to Lily Allen, ISPs will be having to keep track of what you share online, and so if there was a central backlash, there'd be plenty of records allowing the government to track down anyone who had been taking part in the protests.

Frankly, Matt, while it's nice to see you selling your album as if it's a call to the barricades, I wouldn't follow a revolution led by a man who describes citizens being excluded from the internet as a "perceived civil liberties" issue. You can push for fairness and equality and freedom. You can campaign for "legislation" to allow private companies to "tax" EMI. You can't really do both.