Our very own Jason Pye penned a column in The Daily Caller responding to a Rolling Stone article by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. Morello apparently doesn’t like VP Candidate Paul Ryan, even though Ryan likes Rage Against The Machine’s music. Says Pye:
In his piece at Rolling Stone, Morello wrote, “Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics.” He continued, “[Ryan] can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.”
These views are not uncommon among musicians. I spent my late teens and early twenties playing in punk rock bands. I’m still a fan of the genre, listening to bands like NOFX, Propaghandi, and Refused, all of which frequently espouse anti-capitalist rhetoric in their lyrics. However, I’ve always found it somewhat humorous that these anti-establishment bands complain about the “slavery” of capitalism while at the same time promoting a more collectivist society, one in which individualism and self-interest become taboo.
I agree. I always get a chuckle out of people living in Western Democracies who make a fortune bashing capitalism. Without capitalism guys like Morello, Micheal Moore et.al would be nobodies toiling away in a factory outside Cleveland because of some Dictator’s utopian dream. I’m not saying you have to love America or leave it but as Jason points out, the society Morello dreams of wouldn’t allow him to do what he does.