Wednesday, March 19, 2008

White Dudes With Dreads

You have to wonder whether the sort of people who listen to Rage Against The Machine aren't also the sort of people who take Loose Change seriously: holier-than-thou leftist conspiracy nuts, wanting to cut through the complexities of the compromises and cock-ups politics involves and get to some pure struggle of good against evil. That might even be a bit unfair to conspiracy nuts: there's nothing about being a conspiracy nut that requires you to be as unremittingly bloodthirsty as Rage Against The Machine are. All that said, they rocked, and when you're fourteen and a political idiot, the idea that it is an absolute moral imperative that you smash it all up and start again is pretty appealing anyway. So, for nostalgia's sake, Rage Against The Machine live tracks here.

2 comments:

a very public sociologist said...

Nothing to say conspiracy nuts have to be left wing either! I generally don't mix in the circles of the conspiranoid, but when I have had the pleasure of coming across them they see rather right wing in the weird libertarian sort of way ...

Rob Jubb said...

I can see that weird libertarianism and conspiracy nuts might go together. There is a kind of continuity between thinking The Man shot JFK and thinking that, since he did that, it can hardly be fair that he took your tax money either. And there's certainly no reason to suppose that conspiracy nuts must be left-wing. It's just the company I keep.