Henry Rollins in NYC in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins will be going on a spoken word tour later this year, which he's dubbed the "Capitalism Tour." The tour will kick off in early September, hitting the capitals of all 50 states, and ending in Washington, DC on November 5, the day before the Presidential election (11/6). That tour brings him to Texas's capital, Austin, for a show on September 23 at Scottish Rite Theater. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Rollins recently spoke to TheIndependent.ca about his views on capitalism:

So what are you looking toward in terms of identifying root causes of the inequality that's in the world, and the reason why?

Oh, I think that's easy to nail down. I think it's deregulated capitalism. I think it's a crass and gross disregard for natural resources, and for making a more sustainable planet. Instead of going for solar panels people still have this idea that we have to keep drilling into the ground for resources. A long time ago (big) companies started very quietly taking over major water reserves, and they are in fact able to play God -- because he who has the water rules the day. Without water, it doesn't matter how blonde your hair is or how blue your eyes are, you're going to die.

And so I think there's been a very strong and quiet push to acquire water rights. A book called 'The End of Food' was very instructive to me, where I learned about Nestle, maybe one of the biggest food providers in the world, and how they control a lot of water. So I think capitalism--I have 10 'x' but 20 would be better. Now I have 50 'x', now I need 1,000 'x'. But when you live on one 'x' a century how come you need all the rest? Because I want it. And that kind of mindset -- it doesn't always lead to things that are good for people. And so there's gonna be winners and losers in this century, and there will be far fewer winners and far more losers with the present paradigm.

I mean, if people are satisfied with how this is going--if this is OK for them--this is the result you're going to get. And you can call that whatever you want. You can say, 'What, you're a socialist?' Well, I don't know, I like capitalism quite a bit actually, because it rewards me for thinking outside of the box. It rewards me for working hard, which is what I like to do. But when it has no rules and when the corporations can dictate the politics, there's no level playing field and there's gonna be, like I said, a few winners and a whole lotta losers. And a lot of the losers are global, you know. Africa -- the continent will probably be the number one loser.

All dates of the "Capitalism Tour" are listed below...


Henry Rollins -- 2012 'Capitalism Tour' Dates
9/6 Honolulu, HI Hawaiian Brian's
9/8 Juneau, AK Arts & Culture Center
9/10 Olympia, WA The Capitol Theater
9/11 Salem, OR Historic Elsinore Theatre
9/13 Sacramento, CA Crest Theatre
9/14 Carson City, NV Brewery Arts Center
9/15 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
9/16 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
9/18 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
9/19 Helena, MT Myrna Loy Center
9/20 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Depot Museum
9/21 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
9/22 Santa Fe, NM Sol Santa Fe
9/23 Austin, TX Scottish Rite Theater
9/24 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
9/26 Pierre, SD TF Riggs High School ("SD BookFestival")
9/27 St. Paul, MN Fitzgerald Theater
9/28 Bismarck, ND Dakota Stage Playhouse
9/30 Lincoln, NE Rococo Theatre
10/1 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
10/2 Topeka, KS Hills Festival Hall @ Topeka PAC
10/3 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
10/4 Jefferson City, MO Etta & Joseph Miller PAC
10/5 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
10/6 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
10/8 Lansing, MI Cooley Temple @ Thomas M. Cooley Law School
10/9 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
10/10 Nashville, TN Belcourt Theater
10/11 Springfield, IL Hoogland Center For The Arts
10/12 Frankfort, KY Grand Theatre
10/14 Jackson, MS Duling Hall
10/15 Baton Rouge, LA Manship Theatre
10/16 Montgomery, AL Capri Theatre
10/17 Tallahassee, FL Ruby Diamond Concert Hall @ FSU
10/18 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
10/19 Columbia, SC Columbia Museum Of Art
10/20 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
10/21 Richmond, VA The National
10/23 Charleston, WV Culture Center Theater
10/24 Harrisburg, PA Whitaker Center
10/25 Albany, NY The Egg
10/26 Montpelier, VT Alumni Hall @ Vermont College Of Fine Arts
10/27 Concord, NH Capitol Center for the Arts
10/28 Augusta, ME Cony High School Auditorium
10/30 Boston, MA Berklee Performing Arts Center
10/31 Dover, DE Schwartz Center For The Arts
11/1 Providence, RI Lupo's
11/2 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
11/3 Trenton, NJ New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
11/4 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
11/5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

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