I am neither a proponent of Communism nor of Socialism. But I am a big believer in Democracy — the real kind, the kind that Vaclav Havel had in mind when he said mankind may not be able to reach it. The kind that Shelley was talking about when he said that poets are “the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”. Mankind is more frightened of True Democracy than of Communism and Socialism, which are largely about economics. True democracy is the whole shebang. I am for True Democracy because I am an artist and Art is the closest thing we have to True Democracy. For all intents and purposes Art is the True Democracy. It’s already here. It’s been here since the cave drawings. Probably even before. It’s been waiting. It’ll be ready whenever we are.

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Ted van Griethuysen

Ted van Griethuysen

Ted van Griethuysen is an acclaimed actor who has worked steadily for six decades. He has taught master classes in Shakespeare and acting in the U.S. and U.K.