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1 Does art make a difference?
Art is a necessary ingredient in the unholy fuel mix that keeps the human train running on track. It’s the high-hopin’ potion that momentarily alleviates the pain and suffering at the centre of the human condition.
2 Should politics and art mix?
They simply do, whether you avoid or address the connection. The connection is there, like sex and death.
3 Is your work for the many or for the few?
Our work is for as many of the few who want it, even if the corporate CEOs would rather throw millions of dollars in endorsement deals towards the consumer-oriented, antiintellectual nihilism of “Fiddy Cent”.
4 If you were world leader, what would be your first law?
A law that makes it a crime to be stupid and mean; a law that would put anyone who justifies inhumane policies on the basis of being “a man of faith” in prison.
5 Who would be your top advisers?
Noam Chomsky, Camille Paglia, the Three Stooges, Andy Kaufman and six more dead people.
6 What, if anything, would you censor?
Censoring anything is the quickest way to empower it.
7 If you had to banish one public figure, who would it be?
Besides banishing our current president of the United States to his Texas ranch, power saw in hand, we’d have to say no one. Osama Bin Laden is already banished to the caves of Pakistan, so we’re fine.
8 What are the rules that you live by?
Perfect eating, sleeping and having sex, so that you won’t have any energy left to make trouble for others.
9 Do you love your country?
This is a joke question, of course. What the hell is there to love? Some great forests, mountains, beaches and deserts that have nothing to do with an arbitrary territorial boundary.
10 Are we all doomed?
Yes, of course. The poo hasn’t even really hit the fan yet.

This article first appeared in the 25 June 2007 issue of the New Statesman, Israel, Gaza and a summer of war?