Self Titled, Definitions & Meanings
Self Titled, Definitions & Meanings
Jul 31 2003, 11:35 PM
Joined: 30-November 02
From: SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE...
Member No.: 20
Inspired by Rage's political viewpoints, this song's main theme is about general authoritive oppression, ranging from landlords and powerwhores, to "democratic" authorities.
Killing in the Name
Some members of the police force were, and are, members of the Ku Klux Klan as well. How legitimate can a system, or a religion, be when it's authority burns crosses and practices white supremacy in the name of Jesus?
Take the Power Back
The title to this song says it all. Zack merges all the forces that be (school, government, culture, media) into one massive form of authority that robs culture in the name of uniformity.
Settle For Nothing
Possibly written in first person from the point of view of a frustrated youth in the slums.
Bullet in the Head
Don't blindly accept your gang, your religion, or even your nation. The people who walk complacently through life accepting all that is put in front of them, might as well have bullets in their heads. Television is a weapon used to pacify those who watch it into the living dead. Until people take control of their lives, they are mindless components of the entire machine.
Know Your Enemy
When we can identify those who are out to make us conform and follow blindly, we are more effective in creating change. Schools are notorious for this, and Zack identifies his teachers as his enemies because they told him to fight his own humanity.
This song describes the operations of the FBI's "counter-intelligence" program - which was to suppress any dissident movements in the 60s. Anyone from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. was silenced for speaking out against the government's injustices and illogic. This song appeared on the Matrix - at the very end of the movie.
Fistful of Steel
This song definately shows that Zack is great as an MC - and is generally dedicated to women in the audience as a sign of respect - not romantic affection.
This song relates human freedom to the situation in South Africa. "Freedom should be fundamental: In Johannesburg, or South Central."
The video for this song is focused on Leonard Peltier, the American Indian Movement leader who was framed by the FBI, and has rotted in a jail cell for the past 20 years. The general theme of this song is the U.S. government/media/corporations are able to convince all Americans of their "freedom", while secretly blinding them to any other reality: Making the freedom seem so much more of a reality.
"Do not be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life” - Bertolt Brecht
"I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jan 31 2004, 09:58 AM
Joined: 17-December 03
From: New York City
Member No.: 1,381
its all good
This is the FiFTY-FOUR effect: (the loveable nemesis)
Society begets government. Anarchist theory is actually just a pseudo-intellectual state of denial, an idealistic illusion that can never be more than a wholly unfulfilled dream. Thus, it is a counter-productive measure that actually weakens, rather than improves the progress of society as government is inevitable in the maintenance of civilization. Therefore, it is infinitely more effective to pursue political upheaval through the system, rather then against the system. For despite all of its flaws, both Democracy and Capitalism are still rooted within the people themselves by rational and realistic means. That is not to say I advocate the status quo, but instead, a moral pursuit to right the endless wrongs brought on by the evils of human nature, via an unintimidated, undaunted, unmitigated spirit of liberty and justice for all, rather then the destructive hypocrisy of your so-called "revolution."
"I may disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it".
- attributed to Voltaire
Still a sheltered idealist... but learning:
This is no Oasis.
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