SOAD's Serj Tankian: 'Most People in America Don't Read!'

"Without an educated, literate democracy, you can have a George Bush as your leader," the singer adds.

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System of a Down singer Serj Tankian recently touched on the matter of US social issues, stressing the need to have an educated society in order for democracy to actually work.

Asked by 3news on whether he finds it refreshing how New Zealand's issues are "a bit smaller," Serj gave a positive answer.

"The semi-neutrality of the country is definitely very progressive outlook," he noted. "Many nations can benefit from that kind of perspective. And kiwis are quite wise politically, in terms of international politics, because they read.

"Most people in America don't read! And the education system is great. I think it's not just enough to have a democracy, it's important to have an educated democracy, because without an educated, literate democracy, you can have a George Bush as your leader. And that can be maybe as dangerous as having Assad as your leader in some cases! [laughter]," the vocalist concluded.

Focusing on latest musical efforts, Tankian explained how he hardly expects to get universally acclaimed due to the eclectic nature of his projects. "I would bet that rock critics wouldn't love a symphony record, I would bet classical critics are not going to love someone coming from the rock world and doing a symphony record," he kicked off.

"I would bet that jazz purists writers, in fact I know jazz purist writers, are not into my 'Jazz-Is-Christ' record. But hey, that's okay! Because I am making the music that is coming to me from the universe, and I am presenting it the best way I can. And I am putting a spin on it that is uniquely what I do. And as long as my fans and people who are following me like it, I'm happy with it and thankful for it," Serj concluded.

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    sdbrown89
    Big fan of Serj and think he's one of the most progressive and open minded musicians going, but all he ever seems to do is rant about politics, and as much as i like his music i bet im not alone in thinking every once in awhile "oh please just shut the **** up about your political opinions!"
    CurlOfTheBurl
    For me a band spouting on about their anti-capitalist leanings while playing guitars sponsored by Budweiser will always take the cake. Take the stage, Rage Against the Machine!
    Vypor
    I don't understand how you can say that you like Serj, or bands like System of A Down or Rage Against the Machine, and then in the same sentence assert that they need to keep their political opinions to themselves. All of Serj's music has been riddled with political overtones, from the moment he started making rock music. It's part of the driving force behind his music. Did you just listen to songs like BOOM, Deer Dance, and Prison Song and find that they had catchy tunes? Ever bother to check the context?
    crazysam23_Atax
    Because of out the context of a song, their political opinions make them sound like asshats. Ex: See the above article.
    third(-)eye
    Yeah, "everyone should read more" is such an asshat opinion.
    crazysam23_Atax
    "Most people in America don't read!" pretty much is.
    l0ld4v3
    As a real fan of SOAD, I would be ****ing disappointed if they moved away from the social and political commentary.
    MetalRock4ever
    This somehow became a double post. All those who want to downvote, please feel free to downvote this message =)
    MetalRock4ever
    I don't know what I prefer... either musicians ranting about it or writing songs which incorporate their message... At least, with ranting, you don't need/want to listen to it over again (dont get me wrong, some songs about politics, etc. are good though: MIW-Devil's Night, Rise Against music, etc.). Let them - the musician's - talk about what's wrong, it'll be forgotten soon by the majority of people who heard about it
    Downfault
    I wouldn't put education as a sheer factor for the merits of democracy. Ignorance and the fact that people come to fully rely on a corrupt government for everything is the reason democracy won’t work.
    leohimself
    That's why Serj Tankian is building a center for Kids who can't read good and wanna do other stuff good too.
    jeffo46
    I served 28 years in the U.S. Navy from 1977 - 2005 and am now retired. We are slowly losing our rights because of the idiots known as Congress who have pretty much shit on our Constitution in order to line their pockets with money that they get from the 1%. Our education system is a ****ing joke . I've seen kids who have graduated from High school within the last 10 years who don't even have a clue as to what the 1st amendment even is. We are slowly becoming a society of lazy idiots thanks to reality television, I-Pods, Cell Phones, and the Internet. Relying too much on these devices is not a good thing IMO. Don't get me wrong, the internet can be useful but to sit in front of a damn computer 10-12 hours a day, is not healthy. In the immortal words of the late Walt Kelly " We Have Faced The Enemy and He Is Us ! "
    CrazyAce#7
    System of a Down is quite a political band. Surprised their singer talks about politics? Quit complaining!! I mean, of course I'd rather hear optimistic comments on the band's future but the site found this news worthy. Deal with it.
    Abacus11
    Yeah, I don't get why people get so upset when a musician talks politics. It's not like "politics" is a specialized subject... the term applies to just about anything having to with how the world that we live in works. Enough bands write songs about love, sex, vague anger... I can't see why musicians get so much sh*t for thinking and writing about subjects a bit deeper than that. Don't like it? There are plenty of dumb rock/pop/hip hop musicians making dumb music... just go... ANYWHERE.
    third(-)eye
    Not only that, EVERYONE should talk about politics. That's another problem we have. Everyone has, for some reason, decided that politics is a sensitive subject. We should be able to discuss the fate of our country openly.
    l0ld4v3
    Everyone gets taught in school that government and big business is good and cool. Economy and politics should be left for economists and politicians to see. They don't teach anywhere that people should be involved.
    SOAD_SoG
    Meh. Dave Mustaine conspiracies are more entertaining than Serj's smart rant.
    RiseAgainst93
    I'm genuinely surprised how many people had the presence of mind to down vote a post with the word psuedo-intellectual in it most Americans probably dont know what either part of that word means
    third(-)eye
    I bet that dude doesn't know how to use it either. Just because I can say pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovalcaniconiosis doesn't make me smarter than you.
    christianonbass
    Breaking it down, Pneumo is lungs or air, ultramicroscopic is easy= very tiny, , silico like glass. Are we talking a lung disorder from breathing volcanic ash? That's what that word means. Now to the person who said reading doesn't make you smarter..i never saw this word before. But from reading I have seen these parts of words. READ!
    s7peterson
    is that even a word? if so please tell me what that means....
    DisarmGoliath
    It's a word that was, essentially, invented to be the longest word in the dictionary. He spelt it wrong (should have an 'o' rather than the first 'a' in the '...valcanic...' part. Google is your friend *ahem8
    kornswe
    Agree to the most, but USA obviously don't have "a great school system". It's nothing but a great indoctrination system.
    D_M_I
    We are not a democracy. We are a Republic... :rolleyes: My guess is, he feels Obama is a frigging hero. Bush violating the Constitution is bad. Obama violating the Constitution isn't an issue because he agrees with it. Amiright? "because without an educated, literate Republic , you can have an Obama as your leader. And that can be maybe as dangerous as having Assad as your leader in some cases! [laughter]," the vocalist concluded." I fixed that quote to reflect reality Serj. Now just be happy you make money from the illiterate fools you think they are and stfu about it.
    Barricade_28
    The US is both a democracy and a republic (as opposed being both a democracy and a constitutional monarchy like Canada or Australia). You obviously have little idea what those terms mean. Looks like you need to read more books also.
    D_M_I
    You're an idiot.
    third(-)eye
    Can't back your statements up with facts? Back them up with insults.
    D_M_I
    If you think he is correct there is nothing I can say to make you look any less idiotic. We are a Republic. That is an absolute fact. You can argue your opinion all you want, but opinion matters not in this instance.
    third(-)eye
    I didn't say he was right. I'm saying resorting to insults rather than explaining why you are right and he is wrong is the low road, and is yet another thing we don't need in this country.
    Barricade_28
    Why am I an idiot? Of course the US is a republic, but the US is also a democracy. The two aren't mutually exclusive. Saying the US is a republic but not a democracy makes as much sense as me saying "a banana isn't yellow, it's a fruit".
    D_M_I
    People seem to have abandoned the notion that the Constitution means what it says.
    theclassicrock
    You didn't even read his post did you? He said the two aren't mutually exclusive.
    D_M_I
    I read it. He is wrong. Anyone that thinks like him and is an American needs to do some research. Most non Americans don't know any better and I can't change that. I'm guessing most in disagreement with me are not American or are relying on some BS they were wrongfully taught. If something is said often enough, no matter how incorrect, people will think of it as fact. The United States is not a democracy. It's not both. It is only a Republic.
    D_M_I
    Article IV, Section 4 of the US Constitution states; The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government , and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence. The Constitution must be nonsensical to you I guess....
    third(-)eye
    Yeah, that means the USA is a republic. Where does it say it's not a democracy?
    D_M_I
    The Constitution was specific for a reason. This is something you might want to actually try and learn and that needs to be on you. I don't have the patients to debate people that insist they know that which they do not. No offense to you. It has become common to think we are a democracy, but it is not the case. It was never intended. The lack of specifically stating so, is not how the Constitution works. It doesn't specify what we are not.
    crazysam23_Atax
    No...the US is NOT a democracy. A true democracy is where every citizen votes on every law/issue/etc. Because the US founding fathers were smart enough to realize how damn inefficient that would be, they wrote the Constitution so that we elect representatives instead.
    Barricade_28
    Also, the US is closer to a plutocracy than a democracy.
    tonello
    So if we're closer to a plutocracy, then reading has nothing to do with strengthening democracy. Your argument is invalid.
    Barricade_28
    No, having informed citizens who actually read and educate themselves is pivotal in returning the US back to being a more democratic country instead of it being increasingly controlled by the rich.
    D_M_I
    "Return to a more democratic nation"? Have you even taken two seconds to educate yourself? Seriously, do you even Google? t's really easy.
    Hamburger89
    Serj says the education system is good, but it very much depends what school you're on. There's schools that have stickers in their biology books that say "Evolution is a theory, not a fact". Also you need to pay for your education yourself. So there's lots of people getting a bad education because they can't pay for it and are being fed lies by religious extremists at the same time.
    qrEE
    Dear UG readers (who are clearly EXPERTS in the fields of politics, no doubt)... stop writing comments that sound like Colbert quotes. There's a reason why Colbert says stupid things.
    labt3k
    Someone should inform him that America does NOT have a democracy. It's a representative republic. Huge difference. Maybe if he read more, he would know that.
    Barricade_28
    Serj is right. There are many informed Americans, but the large majority of Americans are ignorant and uninformed, and don't read non-fiction books unless they're required to do so by their schools.
    vikingman369
    it's been six years and this douche-bag is STILL whining about Bush? nothing about how obama and Common Core are destroying America, that's all Bush's fault. to say nothing of the fact that a lot of people voted for obama just because he was black. so who really are the uneducated here? Serj and Tom Morello should go live in North Korea for seven years
    thebigredjj10
    Other people voted against Obama because he was black. Political stupidity is common in BOTH parties, as both appeal to the lowest common denominators. And because someone has socialist leanings they therefore must love N. Korea? That's bullshit. Norway and Sweden are countries people on the "left" idealize, not a totalitarian state. It only shows your ignorance of socialism that you think N. Korea is an example of it. N. Korea is also a "Democratic Republic," so does that mean people who support the USA and democracy must therefore support N. Korea, because they call themselves that? Also, the USA is far from socialist, even their most left leaning politicians would be centrist or even on the right for many other countries, such as Canada or Finland. Obama is no where near being the socialist fascist communist dictator some people believe he is. At worst he is an ineffective leader that panders towards popular politics. At best, he is a leader doing his best under trying circumstances. Either of those scenarios is a long ways away from the next Hitler.
    ColdbringeR
    Making wise choices about political candidates isn't about education anymore; it's about miraculously deriving truth from massive amounts of lies, propaganda, and bullshit.
    MichaelScarn
    While I agree we (including myself) need to read more- it's pathetic to still whine about a president (a very educated president at that) who hasn't been in office for over 5 years, when there is a current president who has brought way more than his fair share of problems/scandals to the table
    guitarist5477
    Comparing Bush to Assad is just stupid, and it's been years since he was president. Most people in America know how to read than not; you don't even have to think hard on that fact to know it's true.
    Psycho Pigeon
    He's still going on about Bush? How's that progressive Obama and his extra $7 trillion debt, expanded wars, higher taxation, and bigger government going for you? Funny how some people change their tune once their political party gets in power.
    Abacus11
    Blaming Obama for America's problems is like blaming the puppet for a bad puppet show. The main difference is that Obama is a less embarrassing puppet than Bush was. His stance on social issues is MUCH less embarrassing than Bush's was. Other than that, it's the same old government run by the same old money not giving a sh*t about most of us.
    third(-)eye
    We can blame him for Obamacare though. We can always blame him for Obamacare.
    suicidehummer
    Blame him for getting millions of people affordable healthcare? Is that supposed to be bad?
    crazysam23_Atax
    Haha, "affordable". About that...
    suicidehummer
    Would you like to cite some proof that anyone's premiums have gone up? Because everyone now has cheaper options than they did before. The only reason existing premiums went up is because of the health insurance companies, not Obama.
    third(-)eye
    "Affordable" and "mandatory" are different things. It's a wolf in sheep's clothing. Anyway, this is off-topic. My initial comment was half-sarcastic.
    suicidehummer
    It's NOT an individual mandate. That's part of the misinformation the other party is trying to push. There will still be tons of uninsured people. And they have yet to find a legitimate horror story (their commercials have been debunked). Now, would universal, government sponsored healthcare have been better? Absolutely. Obama basically cowered to the healthcare industry with this plan, so he's far from perfect, but he deserves credit for what he has done.
    benjixoath
    **** this psuedo-intellectual bollocks serj is spouting. pretentious twat. coming off that he's the only one that's ever read a book. there's too much of this kind of crap in society THIS Is why there will never be true democracy people like serj getting on their soapbox making out as if there better than the rest because they've read a few books
    theclassicrock
    People voicing their opinions about what's wrong with society is why we will never have true democracy? lolwut
    benjixoath
    yeaaaaah but that's not really what i said was it? my point was people acting like they're higher up in society because they're more educated. education doesn't make you a good person and the way serj is talking in this statement it sounds like he's making people who don't read to be a lesser person than him
    theclassicrock
    He didn't say that uneducated people are bad people, just that they don't always make the best decisions.
    theclassicrock
    Actually yes . Making good decisions is easier if you know what you're talking about. If you want to go and get firsthand experience in being president or a member of congress good luck. It's a lot easier though to actually read about what those people do, what options they have and what effects their stances have.
    MetalRock4ever
    To be honest, most educated people dont always make the best decisions... look at the bankers
    Danjo's Guitar
    I don't know that Banking executives are necessarily highly educated. I'm sure they have a Bachelors in something, but not all degrees are created equal. But yes, you can be educated and still make bad decisions.
    third(-)eye
    Then again, they also have first-hand experience. So benji's logic doesn't hold there either.
    benjixoath
    hahahah! so reading a book makes you make better decisions? what about people that lead real life experiences rather than sticking their nose in a book do they make bad decisions? it's all relative everyone should read a bit but it doesn't make you any smarter
    Redfinton22
    "everyone should read a bit but it doesn't make you any smarter" Seriously, do you even read this shit before you post it?
    third(-)eye
    I can't believe what I'm reading. You don't believe that reading and getting educated helps you make good political decisions? Thank **** you're not American.
    l0ld4v3
    Reading develops neurological connections in your brain, thus developing it. Several kinds of intelligence's can be promoted and developed by reading, such as when you read music, or reading math symbols. However, I'm fairly intrigued in as to what would YOU call or define as "smart".
    iommi600
    "coming off that he's the only one that's ever read a book." How so? The man simply said that reading should be encouraged in modern society if we want good things to happen to us.
    Abacus11
    America is full of stupid people... he's right.
    buddy1991
    Every country is full of stupid people.
    mercanaree
    As an American, he is 100% right, there are way too many stupid mother ****ers in this country. I personally know people who voted for Obama, and I quote, "because he's black nigga". Way to go Serj for pointing out the real problems.
    Macheeoo
    I voted for him because I personally didn't agree with the political views of John McCain/Sarah Palin 08' and Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan '12... but nobody ever talks about the runners' up. To me, Obama seemed like the lesser of two evils. I find it stupid that someone would vote solely on skin color the same way I find it stupid that someone would blindly vote based on information that BOTH major parties in America are shoving down their supporters throats. It's all quite maddening.
    thebigredjj10
    Yeah, voting based on skin colour is like voting based on gender, sexuality, hair colour, eye colour, nose size, penis size, finger count, etc. It's useless to judge a leader by base level appearance things. I don't care if the president is a bald black lesbian as long as they are capable of doing the job.
    Black Hazard
    But the fact is, people voted for him because he's black... fact. Don't be one of those bleeding heart internet white people.
    third(-)eye
    Actually, they mostly voted for him because he wasn't named George W. Bush. But yes, that was also a huge factor.
    iommi600
    You think people who voted for Obama are bad? Wait until you meet someone who voted for David Cameron here in the UK.
    dan0z
    "...people like serj getting on their soapbox making out as if there better than the rest..." they're
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Judging by the downvotes, apparently there are a bunch of pseudo-intellectuals on this site too, which is a problem because with people like them, someone like Barack Obama get's elected who is as bad as Bush in different ways.
    theclassicrock
    Can we get over this "I got downvoted therefore I'm right" mentality?
    Black Hazard
    Can we get over this "I got upvoted therefore I'm right" mentality?
    theclassicrock
    I fully realize that upvotes and downvotes have nothing to do with whether or not someone is right. I'm just tired of people thinking that if they are downvoted it means that you are right and that everyone who downvoted you is just trying to hide the truth because they know you're right.
    markyj666
    With articles as pointless as this....who needs to read?
    third(-)eye
    Trying to convince people to read more is pointless?
    markyj666
    I just mean that Serj Tankians views on reading don't really matter in the grand scheme of things....so who cares?
    third(-)eye
    My views on reading don't really matter in the grand scheme of things, so who cares? Your views on reading don't really matter in the grand scheme of things, so who cares? My great aunt's views on reading don't really matter in the grand scheme of things, so who cares?.. I could keep going like that for days until I covered the entirety of America. EVERYONE'S views matter.
    Wininacan
    can we get over the idea that peoples opinions of if you are wrong or right have no indication on if you are wrong or right
    saskiwatch
    I smell a couple of non-reading Americans...
    benjixoath
    sadly for you i'm english and read plenty. but thanks anyway
    westley23j
    i had a talk with one of my friends about this the other day, and obama ran a political race he couldn't have lost. everyone at the time was so anti-bush that they wanted anyone. he came in at just the right time promising "hope and change" when the youth that started becoming aware during the end of bushes tenure were finally old enough to vote. the people were looking for the opposite of bush, a big city legal attorney, versus the texas oil man. all he had to do was basically plan his campaign around the opposite of what the republicans were all about and he knew everyone was going to jump on board. it doesn't mean he was the right man for the job, but it was a hell of a sales pitch at just the right time for the fed up public to listen to it. he's been easily the most divisive president we have had and he is probably going to be known for the fiasco that is the "affordable" care act and stripping this county's military of their defenses so that the countries he has been providing aid to can invade us. im in no way an obama supporter, and i don't know how so many people can still be drinking all the obama kool aid after all this time...
    Macheeoo
    Ever thought that maybe people aren't 'drinking the kool-aid' so much as they are agreeing with *some* of the proposed ideas? Not everything comes directly from the president's mouth... that's not how our system works. I get that socialized healthcare isn't an easy pill to swallow (pun intended), but that doesn't mean we should ignore the problem that is American healthcare. Even in the U.K., they have universal healthcare under N.H.S. And the military budget cuts were more than necessary. I might not look as patriotic to you for saying that, but a decade of war and trillions of dollars spent on putting our noses in other country's business means it's time to take a step back and evaluate exactly how much we really *need*. I voted for Obama both times, that doesn't mean I agree with everything he says, jump on every bandwagon, push every issue. I read, I'm a critical thinker... And to me, you seem like every Fox news pendant or Tea Party congressperson who generally doesn't care what the president says -- to you, as long as he says it, it's bad. What Serj may be arguing here has nothing to do with politics in the U.S., only that the country with the most money and influence in the world is becoming more illiterate then ever in recent years. For shame...
    bequiet
    I didn't vote for Obama and I didn't like Bush either for the record before I go on my tangent. I'm a very educated American who reads daily about political philosophies, both liberal and progressive, so I know a thing or two about OUR REPUBLIC! It's not a democracy and every time someone says that word in conjunction with America I wanna bitch slap them like the village idiot they are! Moving on to my point Serj is talking politics and blatantly mentions the neutrality of New Zealand being progressive when it is anything but. Progressivism (FYI both Bush and Obama are progressives) believe in everything interventionist, whether it be foreign politics i.e. war, or everyday transactions such as healthcare, to even controlling the education a child will receive is necessary governmental involvement. The point I'm getting at is Serj has read some books maybe Chomsky or Marx, but these people have no knowledge as to what they speak of so Serj is a dullard by choice even though he can read. I wouldn't go to a literary expert for open heart surgery so why read Chomsky's views on economics and take it as him knowing what he's talking about? Any regular person could see that. I personally went to Keynes and Hayek and found Keynes to be living in a dreamland where government could be executed perfectly and all the world would be right. So I sided with Hayek. My point is, Serj is talking politics but doesn't even know the roots or meaning of the political terms he's using so he's a ****ing moron. I don't go to musicians to learn about politics I go to history and different perspective personalities. Progressivism is a nasty thing and Serj using it in a positive light is disturbing because it basically started with the trail of tears and reared its head again with segregation at the end of the 1800's. Learn about liberalism in the classic sense and you'll never look at Obama and these retarded musicians again, and just so you know I work in the oil field and only stayed in college for two semesters before dropping out so that goes to show you modern day academia don't mean shit it's for morons who wanna be children for four more years instead of growing up.
    iommi600
    It's not a problem if a musician draws your attention to politics by expressing his view, it's a problem if you rely solely on them to learn about it. I agree with this. That being said... thank you for telling me to learn about liberalism and calling me a moron, but as a student of economics, I have read several liberal theorists (from Adam Smith to Murray Rothbard) and I think that there are a lot of flaws in their theories. One of Hayek's masterpieces "The Road to Serfdom", for example, has been refuted in many ways. And hey, many of my friends disagree with me. That is, by the way, a beautiful thing you see all the time in college: debate. So please, think again about what you just said about modern day academia. That's a VERY ignorant statement.
    guitarist5477
    I agreed with everything you said till the whole "modern day academia don't mean shit it's for morons who wanna be children for four more years instead of growing up." I don't know what reasons you had for not doing four years, but that doesn't make the rest of us four year college adults children. Am I child even though I'm a college senior who is doing an internship, has a part time retail job, while being in a band, completing my senior level courses, and keeping a workout routine? Absolutely not. Other than that, your rant was very insightful.
    third(-)eye
    The one thing that I will give Obama huge credit for is his ability to convince people to go along with whatever he says, regardless of how dumb it is. He says everything in such a calculated and sincere-sounding way that it's difficult to judge the content of his statements on their own.
    cgilli
    well, he has the media behind him who wouldn't dare criticize or scrutinize the almighty leader. He can say whatever he wants and the lamestream media won't hold him accountable.
    westley23j
    thats one thing i liked about bush. he wasn't a polished public speaker, but i believe he was more sincere than obama. also, me being prior military, bush loved the armed forces. obama couple care less.
    suicidehummer
    Easily the most divisive president? Sounds like you've been drinking Republican kool aid because that line is straight from Fox News. The country is not divided because of Obama, it's because he's had an unprecedented lack of cooperation and flat out retaliation and sabotage from the Republican party, even before he could actually do anything as president. There have been a record number of filibusters during his presidency. Also, military spending has INCREASED under Obama you dimwit. They call him weak one second, and in the next breath they call him a fascist dictator. Make up your minds.
    Crackheadrich
    This is classic trying to make yourself look more intellectual by poking holes in what someone says. Just to clarify for you and your league of extraordinary sidemen, all he is saying is that democracy works better if the population is educated, his point wasn't directly criticising literacy in America.
    itsover900040
    I completely agree with you. I don't really understand the downvotes; fanboys I guess.
    third(-)eye
    Or maybe just people who believe in the power of reading and agree that America is in a rut?
    Shatanicus
    Fuck it all! Fuck this world! Fuck everything that you stand for! Don't belong! Don't exist! Don't give a shit! Don't ever judge me!
    Shatanicus
    Fuck it all! Fuck this world! Fuck everything that you stand for! Don't belong! Don't exist! Don't give a shit! Don't ever judge me!
    Macheeoo
    WAIT. You think a citizen expressing their opinion about our society is leading us to a future where we aren't truly democratic? What is really pretentious is your view of democracy. What is correct is that anyone in a democracy has equal say in electing the legislative body... what isn't right is that those who are uninformed/misinformed tend to make very horrible decisions about how they vote.
    bluesman6885
    The US was founded to be with the intention of being a Democratic Republic. And now it is a corporate plutocracy & oligarchy anchored & 'controlled' by a two party system. What's the most noticeable common ground between the D's & R's? They're all a bunch of twats!!
    sykest70
    Fuck this douchebag and his whiny, annoying hold your nose and cry voice.
    westley23j
    he does have a very whiney, hold your nose and cry voice... musically that are pretty good, but i can't say much. I'm a dream theater fan and EVERYONE hates them for their singer.
    DeBenjiman
    Is it because you're a thrasher (judging by your band avatar)? Because if it is, I have a sermon ready for you involving thrashers and 'trve' metal...
    Northernmight
    Sigh. We should just force America to make a choice. Education, or cheeseburgers and Honey Boo Boo. Sadly, i think their choice would be the latter, if put to popular vote.
    rockerwannabe
    Serj is right. If people read more, we would not have elected Obama. At least Bush changed his tune once he was in office. Obama campaigned on being a socialist scumbag. Americans, or at least the people living in America, should read more. They can start with the US Constitution.
    Genrecore
    Obama is Bush incarnate. In fact he's the most right wing out of all of them. He's selling our rights to corporations. At the same time he likes you to believe that he's progressive by giving a few rights to gays as a cover up. Fucking wall street bastard.
    ifc69
    Maybe if he read just a little bit more he'd figure out that the U.S. isn't a Democracy.
    Rocker3438
    I love how he ignores the last 5 years of Obama. Fuck these guys. They're not nearly as smart as they think they are.
    randolph.wilson
    You can also have a Stalin/Hitler/Mussolini or any other demons that made the other side of the world their home!I'll take my chances in the USA-Thank you very much-By the way -stick to music -If you think we're stupid donate your tour money in America to buy books so we can better ourselves! Idiot!!
    Rocker3438
    I'm no flagwaver but I have to agree with you. His head is so far up his own ass.
    Iommianity
    You have to love all these idiots rushing out of the woodworks to say Americans know how to read. Irony much? The point of the article wasn't that Americans can't read, it's that they don't read. Whether or not that's a valid point, you proved him right by not being able to comprehend what you read. Knowing how to read and reading are two different things, and comprehending what you read is something else entirely. I also don't think Serj meant that people should read and call it a day, they should read and think critically about what they've read.
    BigHeadClan
    I don't think improving literacy in the US is going to improve how democracy works, I also don't think it would hurt it as it brings it's own benefits. Having a greater number of well-informed voters that can draw there own conclusions based on the facts (not political bs)would be far more beneficial.
    Dynamight
    Democracy sucks anyway, since most people are unqualified to decide who should lead them (regardless of how much "reading" they do). I'll take oligarchy over it any day.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Huh, good thing the US is a republic, where elected representatives make decisions on laws rather than the average citizen voting on every law.
    mattjamesrenn
    I live in New Zealand and have to see that the percentage of people of who he speaks of is probably the same as it is prbably anywhere. There will always be non-questioning lazy minded people wherever you go. you will never get a majority of a population to 'think for themselves & question authority'. I like what he said about not caring about the purists as he does what the universe brings to him. I think it’s true that creativity comes from a source that anyone can dip into but is independent of our egos.
    ne14t
    Who really cares? I mean 1 in 4 polled Yankee's believed in a geo-centric universe as opposed to a heliocentric universe as confirmed by Copernicus in his 1543 book On The Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres...
    danwin
    All the down votes tell me that, no matter what a musician spouts, some people are going to agree no matter what they say. Even if they are downing their own country and telling them that they are basically illiterate.
    cheesefries
    In eastern North Carolina (where I live) you can graduate high school without being able to read. Totally Serious.
    tonello
    Simple fact is that musicians should shut the **** up about politics. This is why I hate Tom Morello, System of a Down, and Megadeth. None of those people know how to keep their mouths shut and expect everyone to just step right in line with their line of thinking.
    third(-)eye
    No one should "shut the **** up about politics". You're exactly the kind of person we need to rid the country of.
    tonello
    Why? Because I refuse to pay for music that goes against my beliefs? You're a prime example of why I hate liberals. None of them can comprehend the fact that someone believes differently. The only reason I can somewhat stand EMgadeth is because not all of their songs are political. I have yet to hear a non-political Rage Against the Machine song or a non-political song by System of a Down.
    third(-)eye
    If you don't agree with their opinions, then tough shit. They have the right to express them in any non-violent way they desire, just as you have every right to express yours. The view you are expressing is anti-freedom of speech, which I do not tolerate. And for the record, I will buy music regardless of the political opinions expressed in them.
    third(-)eye
    Also, who's being intolerant of opinions if you're the one who refuses to buy music that expresses views against your beliefs?
    thebigredjj10
    That's a shitty way of thinking. "I refuse to pay for music that goes against my beliefs" How the hell are you supposed to challenge your beliefs if you isolate yourself from everyone else's opinions. You are assuming you are right by default and above having your opinions scrutinized. Everyone should have their opinions challenged. Besides, even if a musician holds a position so far in the opposite direction of what you are, then that is an opportunity to learn what other people believe. How is it a bad thing to learn about what the other side is ACTUALLY saying, not what you THINK they are saying. Everyone should be allowed to take part in politics and talk about them. You don't need a degree in politics to get involved. And that involves just simply publicly talking about politics. I don't get why people get angry when popular figures talk about politics. Are they supposed to keep their heads in the sand whenever they hear anything they disagree with? Or should they start a conversation? Who cares if they are wrong, as long as they start a healthy conversation their opinion will hopefully be weeded out.
    third(-)eye
    Exactly, it's always important to acknowledge the other side of the argument. Usually there's a good reason that they have chosen that side. And understanding where they're coming from is every bit as important as understanding why they're wrong. That's why I absolutely hate it when people resort to insults on political matters that are subject to opinion. It shows complete closed-mindedness.
    crazysam23_Atax
    According to the US Constitution, they actually have the right to express their opinion. If you don't like that, boo-f*cking-hoo!