Managed, Not Represented

Tony Benn, former member of Parliament, in an interview for the documentary “Orwell Rolls in His Grave.”

If people don’t vote, because they’re not motivated to vote, because the whole thing switches them off, the spin doctors, the focus groups, all the marketing rubbish that goes into modern political argument, if they don’t vote, it destroys the legitimacy of the government that is elected and then people become cynical and that is the moment in which the hard right picks up, because my recollection of Germany in the 1930s is very, very clear. When the German people had mass unemployment, they were pessimistic, they were hopeless, they were depressed, then they went for  the man who had a scapegoat: “It’s the Jews.” “It’s the communists.” “It’s the trade unions.” And that is the danger. Democracy requires a well-informed and understanding people with clear ideas which they wish to see represented. And now we’re being managed and not represented. 

This appears at time code 2:38:36, after the documentary itself is over. You can view the full documentary and selected raw interviews here:

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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