Friday, September 7

Tom Morello: 'Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against'

In case you missed Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello's fantastic op-ed in Rolling Stone a few weeks ago:
"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine." ... 
"I wonder what Ryan's favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of "Fuck the Police"? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings! 
"Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta 'rage' in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."
Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against (Rolling Stone). Thanks to rixi for the reminder.


  1. Anonymous12:32 PM

    I think Morello means the machine that made him rich.

  2. Nothing wrong with making money. Making money is neutral. You can do it WITH or WITHOUT good moral values.

  3. Anonymous1:33 PM

    crack open the inside of your rage album/cd and check out the books on display... marx, che, etc. distributed by Sony, or was it time warner.
    why does this sell, the name checking of marx and the murderers he inspired? dunno.
    I think Ryan's love of RATM predicts his politics about as well as his love of Rand:

  4. Insightful comment, thank you. I don't have a quick response. It seems to me that contradictions abound with Ryan.

  5. Anonymous2:56 PM

    A quote from a supposed hero of Ryan:
    "So long as men desire to live together, no man may initiate -- do you hear me? no man may start -- the use of physical force against others.To interpose the threat of physical destruction between a man and his perception of reality, is to negate and paralyze his means of survival; to force-him to act against his own judgment, is like forcing him to act against his own sight. Whoever, to whatever purpose or extent, initiates the use of force, is a killer acting on the premise of death in a manner wider than murder: the premise of destroying man's capacity to live."

    A quote from a supposed hero of Morello:
    “To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary … These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution!”

    The second of these people was real and created a criminal 'justice' system that put people in jail for being gay, among other crimes.

    We should all wish Ryan was more true to his Rand written hero's wishes.

  6. Perhaps, but I suspect it would be more useful to look at the over-arching philosophy of each of these 'heroes', rather than selected sound bites. Each could be made to sounds quite rational or quite insane in turn.

  7. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Look at the actions of the heroes!
    One killed.
    One only wrote books and took amphetamines - just like Kerouac!