Read Seth Troxler's Passionate Open Letter About Saving Club Culture
"Decisions are being made by people who are too old or too out of touch with what’s happening in the modern world," Troxler explained in an open letter published in Clash. "And it’s not just in the UK, it’s part of a global problem."
Troxler compares some European countries – in which a vibrant nightlife is seen as a cultural and economic asset – with the Puritanical, single-minded approach of the U.S. and the U.K. "In places like Germany and Holland, local officials accept electronic music and nightlife as culturally valuable," he writes. "They recognize that many of the people taking part in night culture are tolerant of different races, different genders and different sexualities. They recognize that nightlife has the same capacity as high-art, fiction, food or film to inspire and influence a generation. In the U.K. and U.S., by contrast, there’s a total disconnect between night culture and 'culture proper.' Legislators don’t understand who we are or what our value is, so there's no desire to protect it."
The DJ believes the electoral system offers a solution to the problem. "There’s one obvious way for us to change it," he notes. "Vote… If we're to change these attitudes, we can’t just talk about them, we need to have more young people start participating…We’re at a point where the old structures of society are losing their grip, there’s a huge opportunity for young people to change both the government and its policies for the better."
"The only reason these conservative councilors get in," Troxler adds, "is because the only people who vote in local elections are 65 year old tea ladies."