Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"seems to me, i could live my life/ a lot better than i think i am"



I think it's pretty funny that a band who drew inspiration from Ayn Rand also wrote a song that perfectly encapsulated Marx's theory of alienation. For real, dudes, "ain't got no time for livin' cause I'm working all the time." The separation of labor from the rest of life-activity, as this thing that's required for your survival but preventing you from really living, is one of the fundamental wrongs of capitalism. Rush fucking nailed it.

I'm posting this because I've basically been doing nothing but work for the last week. Also, consider this another gesture of solidarity to the folks at OWS, who just got attacked again by the bankers' porky pals in blue.

Oh and this song is really heavy. I'm going to sleep now.

10 comments:

  1. did i just post a fucking RUSH song on trial by ordeal? i guess all bets are off at this point.

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  2. Pavel-
    Neil Peart was the resident Randian in Rush, and he didn't join the band until after this song/album was released.

    Another famous drummer with surprisingly ridiculous political/philosophical beliefs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/05/moe-tucker-former-velvet-_n_750838.html

    Sweet Blog,
    LB

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  3. ACAB/I think once Weezy made his way onto TBO, the floodgates may have opened

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  4. "The separation of labor from the rest of life-activity, as this thing that's required for your survival but preventing you from really living, is one of the fundamental wrongs of capitalism."

    And what would your alternative be?

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  5. @LB: Thanks dude! I am by no means a Rush expert, and had no idea. The correction is appreciated. And yeah I knew about Moe Tucker, I was reading this interview with her in a book about the Factory and it seems like she's basically always been very conservative. She was saying how she refused to type the swear words when transcribing one of Andy Warhol's books, and how she never did anything stronger than beer (in a scene where amphetamines were part of daily life).

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  6. @W. Flemming: Agreed. I guess we are now going with the broadest possible definition of "extreme." Which is ok with me! Don't think this site could ever really stop being about metal.

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  7. @Supreme: I wasn't trying to suggest that we can or should live in a world where work is unnecessary. I was objecting to a system where workers of all stripes are working to feed themselves, working from paycheck to paycheck to keep themselves alive and (maybe) purchase a few luxury items that make them feel a bit better about that life, while the chief executive turns those workers' labor into ever-more-obscene profits for themselves and shareholders. The former work to live--they're held hostage to their shitty jobs by the need to put food on the table--while the latter "lives to work"--he just can't wait to grab his Starbucks, get into the office, and make those numbers soar.

    So my alternative would be a society where workers have a real stake in the economic enterprises founded on their labor. Where they are more than just human raw materials, purchased to supply the necessary "manpower." Where they own the things they produce and have a say in how their workplace operates. That can take a lot of forms, from highly decentralized anarchy to guild socialism, union-based syndicalism, or populist dictatorship.

    I'm sympathetic to a lot of different political doctrines, and don't believe that one could be suitable for all times and places. Ultimately, I'm a Romantic--I listen to black metal, after all--and what I'm interested in more than anything is the downfall of this corrupt state of affairs.

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  8. Ha, perhaps I shouldn't have used "floodgates," that term is a little loaded. No worries here, I've got the utmost confidence in whatever content y'all dig up.

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  9. @WF: No worries, I wasn't offended at all!

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  10. SWANS: Job
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTtNaMqOrLA

    CUT OFF THE ARMS. CUT OFF THE LEGS. CUT OFF THE HEAD. GET RID OF THE BODY. HEARTACHE TO HEARTACHE. JOB TO JOB. DOLLAR TO DOLLAR. BODY TO BODY. PUS. POISON. BLOOD. SHIT. GET RID OF THE BODY. HEARTACHE TO HEARTACHE.

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