Rage against what?
Before I get started, I wanted to let you, my audience (all 2 of you) know that the feed truck still isn't starting due to the cold weather. I might try removing the fuel line, blowing it out with air, and seeing if that does anything to alleviate possible gelled fuel.
I have rage against my machines.
Which brings me to the main topic of this post - While I am a conservative, white, Christian male with family, I really dig Rage Against The Machine (the band). I've had Evil Empire, and last week (right before the Hillary sighting) I got used CDs of their 1992 debut and The Battle of Los Angeles. I've been jamming out to Bombtrack, Testify, Township Rebellion and Guerilla Radio for the last few days in my muddy Chevy 4x4.
But RATM's lyrics and beliefs are leftist/Marxist; they are openly anti-capitalists, and beyond the music, the members have advocated for groups like Shining Path in Peru and the Zapatistas in Mexico.
Now, I don't pay attention word for word the lyrics - heck, if you can understand half of what Zack de la Rocha is rapping you're doing well. But, upon reading the lyrics on a web site, you start to see that these guys are advocating a Socialist system of government.
So, it leads me to think - do I agree with these guys' views, or do I just like the energy of the music and that's it?
I think the latter - while I'm not against people struggling to be free, and I don't like some of the things our government does, especially in other countries, I'm not at all in favor of turning ourselves into a Marxist Worker's Paradise. Capitalism, with all its flaws, is still the best system we have at this point. Sure, we could do better, but we don't need a heavy handed Big Brother forcing us to get along - we have that already and it's not getting us very far. I agree that some of our trade policies are detrimental to natives of other countries - NAFTA and CAFTA are two examples. RATM is good at bringing these issues to the forefront. But Karl Marx and I don't get along too well.
So, while I might consider the ideals of RATM, I'm not going to join them anytime soon to destroy capitalism and hoist up banners of Uncle Karl. Instead, I'll continue to listen to the music and use it to imagine it as being the soundtrack to a conservative/libertarian revolution, where we destroy the IRS, privatize schools, and people can walk safely down the street with a 9mm pistol at their side without being harrassed by the politically correct police.