Tom Morello rages against Paul Ryan's machine

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Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello rallies against another Wisconsin Republican, Scott Walker, back in June.
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Big shock: The revelation that Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine didn't go over well with the members of the band. Gimme Noise predicted this earlier in the week. In an op-ed with Rolling Stone, guitarist Tom Morello affirmed that the Wisconsin Republican "is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."

This is a great essay for a number of reasons.

Morello plays music critic.
Any number of folks face the prospect of liking an artist as soon as they know the people in it aren't people we morally agree with. (Chris Brown, Kreayshawn, George Jones, whoever -- you get the idea.) So, perhaps Ryan doesn't like the Rage Against the Machine's lyrics, but enjoys the sound, but Morello notes "I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics." Maybe he can make an exception for "Paul Ryan's Song of Himself."

Morello reminds us that Rage songs are about things that Paul Ryan can't ignore.



"So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!"

Morello lists the top six things Paul Ryan's raging against.
6. Women
5. Immigrants
4. Workers
3. Gays
2. The Poor
1. The Environment
0. The Privileged Elite

Morello leaves us with an indelible image.
There's a false hope from Morello at the end of the essay when we get the possibility that Paul Ryan is some sort of mole. Let's not spoil it for you, but it does involve some deserving folks being forced to listen to Rage Against the Machine against their will non-stop.

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



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15 comments
Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Of course, City Pages has never been accused of being a consummate, non-partial journalistic organization, either.

Kyle Iverson
Kyle Iverson

And now they do what they told ya...and now they do what they told ya...and you'll buy my CD for $9.95...and now you'll buy my CD for $9.95...and now you'll buy my CD for $9.95!!! I can't stand it, Tom, I know you planned it.

Hes Wanson
Hes Wanson

In some context everyone is a hypocrite... A term that in my rational shouldn't be used as something "derogative". Paul, it seems that similar to what your saying, if you participate (willingly or unwillingly) in any "system / machine" you are a hypocrite to criticize that system... - I understand this; however as I said before, everyone is a hypocrite when it comes to our "ideals".

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

Biting the hand of the Machine that feeds him. Tom is a hypocrite of the highest order.

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

Biting the hand of the Machine that feeds him. Tom is a hypocrite of the highest order.

Terry Walsh
Terry Walsh

I don't care what Morello's net worth is. What he's saying is right.

Terry Walsh
Terry Walsh

I don't care what Morello's net worth is. What he's saying is right.

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

Yeah Charles, check is in the mail I bet.

D.j. Kukielka
D.j. Kukielka

^^^ great point paul. a well thought-out, intelligent point. super smart.

Charles Awad
Charles Awad

He's effectively saying he's willing to pay his share, from the bounties he's worked so hard to accumulate. So... fuck him?

Charles Awad
Charles Awad

He's effectively saying he's willing to pay his share, from the bounties he's worked so hard to accumulate. So... fuck him?

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

Tom, your net worth is over 10 times that of Paul Ryan. Shut the f*ck up.

Paul Gerold
Paul Gerold

Tom, your net worth is over 10 times that of Paul Ryan. Shut the f*ck up.

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