9 01 2010

You’ve heard this kickass song by Michael Ferranti and Spearhead. Now see the words to it here:

See a great video with the song here:

And, finally, see an even better video by the guy who made that video, here:

Feel like fighting now? See why you’re right:


24 05 2009


by Michael Franti and Spearhead

Here’s the YouTube video:

(which takes this very strong rap and visualizes it perfectly. But don’t watch it if you’re a right winger!)

Now the Lyrics:

A revolution never come with a warning

A revolution never sends you an omen

A revolution just arrive like the morning

Ring the alarm we come to wake up the snoring

They tellin’ you to never worry about the future

They tellin’ you to never worry about the torture

They tellin’ you that you’ll never see the horror

Spend it all today and we will bill you tomorrow

Three piece suits and bank accounts in Bahamas

Wall street crime will never send you to the slammer

Tell all the children in the arms of their mammas

The F-15 is a homicidal bomber

TV commercials for a popping pill culture

Drug companies circling like a vulture

An Iraqi baby with a G.I. Joe father

Ten years from now is anybody gonna bother?

Yell Fire, yo, yo, yo

Here we come here we come

Fire, yo, yo , yo, yo

Revolution a comin’

Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo

Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo

Everyone addicted to the same nicotine

Everyone addicted to the same gasoline

Everyone addicted to a Technicolor screen

Everybody tryin’ to get their hands on the same green

From the banks of the river to the banks of the greedy

All of the riches taken back by the needy

We come from the country and we come from the city

You play us on the record, you can play us on the CD

All the shit you’ve given us is fertilizer

The seeds that we planted you can never brutalize them

Tell the corporation they can never globalize it

Like Peter Tosh said Legalize it

Girls and boys hear the bass and treble

Rumble in the speakers and it make you wanna rebel

Throw your hands up, take it to another level

And you can never, ever, ever make a deal with the devil

Yell Fire, yo, yo, yo

Here we come here we come

Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo

Revolution a comin’

Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo

Fire, yo, yo, yo, yo

Kind of reminds me of Alan Ginsberg’s poem Howl! Or the leftest ferment of the 1960s. But none of that did any good. Nothing changes. Did the serfs ever manage to revolt against the feudal lords?


11 02 2009

Recently I was talking to a friend who was lambasting General Motors workers for getting such high salaries. Once again, I felt that old, familiar amazement that someone in the working class could be furious at someone ELSE in the working class for managing to be slightly better off than they.

“Hey!” I always feel like saying when this happens, “You’re furious at people who earn maybe 4-5 times what you do, and for doing boring, dirty jobs at that. How come you’re not mad at those in our country who earn actually, MILLIONS of times more than you do?”

I asked, and she couldn’t explain. I cogitated on this phenomenon for a while and realized that, the influence of belief in “the American Dream” myth” aside, working people in the USA simply don’t get to see how the other 1/10 of 1 % live.

I remember reading many years ago that after the stock market crash of 1929 the society pages of major papers changed. Before that they had delighted in showing the lifestyles of the True Rich among us — Duponts, Vanderbilts, etc. — and the True Rich had in turn delighted in being shown.

Then the T. R. realized their way of life might incite envy, even proto-revolutionary envy, among the standers in bread lines, so they arranged not to be seen. Today what we are shown by way of wealthy life is the life of Hollywood celebrities, who are not the True Rich by any stretch of the imagination.

So, just to give my friend and maybe others a view of how the modern T. R.s are doing these days, here’s an informative site. Look at the “houses” part.

And here’s a YouTube video that focuses on the estates of the classic True Rich:

(Ignore the junk about the “Illuminati”)

And here, by contrast, is someone at the other end of the scale, in her spacious home:

I can hear you saying now, “You unAmerican socialist, those rich people EARNED their wealth!”

Did they all do that, ya think? What percentage of them merely inherited it? What percentage of them got it through luck — i.e., their land turned out to be sitting on top of a fortune in oil, etc.? How many of them got it through inheritance plus bullshit financial machinations such as have gotten the whole country in such trouble recently?

My only point is this: When it comes to really understanding the vast disparities of wealth that the American economy produces and allows, there are none so blind as those who will look at the evidence, but will not see.


15 08 2008

“We Are Not an Egalitarian Society”*



And a door as big as the Ritz
Should slam open with a growl of age-old hinges;
Or an orphan thunderbolt out of a cornflower sky
Smash clouds as fluffy as babies’ hair
Into ruptured piñatas of rain.
Or someone could just feed a whiskered face
In a classy restaurant, and act like its owner belongs there,
Or help him to a serving of Gates’ pie,
Or find a soapbox for the scruffy guy to speak from.


* Statement made by a representative of the Urban Institute, on the All Things Considered radio news show of 7/10/00, while explaining why repealing the estate tax was a perfectly fair way of making use of our then budget surpluses, even though doing so would benefit only the wealthiest 2% of American families.