System of a Down’s Serj Tankian: “We can no longer withstand stupid leadership”

Serj Tankian

System of a Down singer Serj Tankian was recently interviewed by “Vahe Berberian Live” about politics. You can read some excerpts below.

Serj Tankian said: “There’s not a lot of reasonable leaders left. I was thinking of Angela Merkel being one of the few. Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand, and Nikol Pashinyan, he’s reasonable. But there’s a lot of unreasonable leaders. And it’s kind of interesting because – I hate to put it this way, but if you look at the top 10 countries with the highest coronavirus infections, it’s a lot of countries with unreasonable leadership, or inadequate leadership. And it’s a scary thing to see, how one is affecting the other and how it could affect so many people’s lives, innocent lives taken. It’s a horrible human tragedy in that sense. And there are people to blame, obviously. But that’s not the important thing.

“I think there’s a lot of polarization happening in the United States politically. I think it’s gone really crazy, and it’s dangerous.

He continued: “We’ve come to a time to where, coming out of this lockdown and looking at this lockdown and what it’s taught us, what we’ve seen through it, we’ve come to a place where we can no longer withstand stupid leadership , we can no longer withstand brutal, oppressive leadership anywhere in the world. We don’t have time for that. Our civilization, based on unsustainable constant economic growth, will not last the way that it is, with our exploding, accelerated population rate. So we have to rein in our consumption. We don’t have time for fucking brutal leaders. We don’t have time for the King of Saudi Arabia, and we don’t have time for this Erdogan. There’s just not enough time to deal with them and the climate issue. So they’ve gotta go – they’ve all gotta go.”


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