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07-28-2017 11:01 PM

There's a popular Australian hip-hop duo called Bliss n Eso who have influenced an entire generation of Australians. They've written a few politically motivated songs which resonate highly with me and so I thought I'd make a thread where people can share political art which has influenced them, be it music or something else. I'm sure most of you don't want to listen to the songs so I'll just reproduce some of the lyrics.


"Since a foetus, explored life's subtle secrets
From my fingertips to my unique double helix
I can see history, I can see the past lessons
It's your right, never be afraid to ask questions
How can every religion claim to be the only one?
How can they preach love yet fight each other holding guns?
I think the golden sun may be able to shed some light
I'd rather push peace and knowledge to defend our rights
These leaders in suits tell us to fight for one side
You think they got their sons and daughters on the frontline?
Not down for war but down to get an education
We're all equal yet they push synthetic separation
But in this matrix I won't be failin' to make it
This is my cosmos baby, space sailin' with Sagan
I heard it's not where you're from it's where you're carvin' your view
I heard you don't have to wear a suit to argue the truth
And so
Who are you to tell me how to live my life?
'Cause I won't give this up
These are my shoes, my view, my cue
To say I do give a f@$k
And pretty soon I'm gonna bloom and it'll be alright
Everyday's another chance to ignite
Cos I'm addicted, addicted
To this universal feeling called life"

"They spoon feed but I won't be taking that sedative
Cause my thoughts are way too precious to waste on the negative
I keep them critical yet positive to break the chains
Every dawn is a new chance to make a change
Think about all the energy swirling all around us
We project it, we get affected, this is profound stuff
Earth is my garden and I grew from it
I pay the youth homage 'cause I know their view's honest
Can you read between the lines of the news comments?
Fightin' over land just to take some fuel from it
I guess oil boils down to some cool profits
But war, what is it good for -- really who wants it?"

The Sea Is Rising

"And all I know is the sun is shining, yet we fight all through the night
While the bergs are melting and the sea is rising I don't know so I ask them why,

Yeah, why are they refusing to listen?
Why are these troops on a mission?
Why are they shooting these victims over their view on religion?
Yeah why do we all search for love like we got cupids addiction?
Why with politicians you can't tell the truth from the fiction?
Why do we pollute where we're living?
Why are these youth put at risk?
And why has this ruling dominion kept us consumed in this prison?
Na na na, I won't jump through the hoops of this system
Nothing stands between you and the pursuit of your vision...
...I don't want them to look back when the future is written
And know we killed ourselves with nuclear fission and stupid decisions
Shit I'd rather an asteroid due for collision then know the planet got f$&ked by the human condition
Sing the tune with conviction!
All I know is the sun is shining yet we fight on thought the night
While the bergs are melting and the sea is rising I don't know so I ask them why
And all I know is the sun is shining yet we fight on through the night
Well if you don't know, shit I don't know, I guess all we can do is ask them why"

"Real magic isn't card tricks, big cribs and cars bitch
It's making something out of nothing through this hardship
And even though that the earth is weak
We still bomb each other and idol what the churches speak
It's like this land is either run by Labor or Liberal
But don't get it twisted they're the same as the criminals"

Most of the lyrics speak for themselves, replace Labor and Liberal with Democrat and Republican for that American touch. Up next is linkin parks commentary on bush and Iraq, RIP Chester Bennington.

Turn my mic up louder, I got to say something
Lightweights steppin' aside when we come in
Feel it in your chest, the syllables get pumping
People on the street then panic and start running
Words on loose leaf sheet, complete coming
I jump in my mind, I summon the rhyme I'm dumping
Healing the blind, I promise to let the sun in
Sick of the dark ways we march to the drum and
Jump when they tell us that they wanna see jumping
Fuck that, I wanna see some fists pumping
Risk something, take back what's yours
Say something that you know they might attack you for
'Cause I'm sick of being treated like I had before
Like I'm stupid standing for what I'm standing for
Like this war's really just a different brand of war
Like it doesn't cater to rich and abandon poor
Like they understand you, in the back of their jet
When you can't put gas in your tank, these fuckers
Are laughing their way to the bank, and cashing their check
Asking you to have compassion and have some respect
For a leader so nervous in an obvious way
Stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay
And the rest of the world watching at the end of the day
In the living room, laughing like, "What did he say?"



In my living room watching it, But I am not laughing
'Cause when it gets tense, I know what might happen
The war is cold, the bold men take action
Have to react to get blown into fractions
At 10 years old, there's something to see
Another kid my age drugged under a Jeep
Taken and bound and found later under a tree
I wonder if he had thought 'the next one could be me'
Do you see the soldiers that are out today?
They brush the dust from bulletproof vests away
It's ironic, at times like this you pray
But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday
There's bombs on the buses, bikes, roads
Inside your market, your shops, and your clothes
My dad, he's got a lot of fear, I know
But enough pride inside not to let that show
My brother had a book he would hold with pride
A little red cover with a broken spine on the back
He hand-wrote a quote inside
"When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die"
Meanwhile, the leader just talks away
Stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay

The rest of the world watching at the end of the day
Both scared and angry, like "What did he say?"



With hands held high into a sky so blue
The ocean opens up to swallow you
With hands held high into a sky so blue
The ocean opens up to swallow you
With hands held high into a sky so blue
The ocean opens up to swallow you
With hands held high into a sky so blue
The ocean opens up to swallow you
With hands held high into a sky so blue
The ocean opens up to swallow you
With hands held high into a sky so blue
The ocean opens up to swallow you

Personally I thin the 'with hands held high.. ocean opens up to swallow you' line refers to mans tendency to worship magic sky daddies while the world around them burns.

Finally, the defensive statement made by the bad guy in the movie Tomorrowland. The premise of the movie is that we mastered the use of tachyons to predict the future and access an alternate reality. The most intelligent people were then transferred to the alternate reality while the original world is allowed to continue its path of self destruction.

Let's imagine... if you glimpsed the future, you were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information? You would go to... the politicians, captains of industry? And how would you convince them? Data? Facts? Good luck! The only facts they won't challenge are the ones that keep the wheels greased and the dollars rolling in. But what if... what if there was a way of skipping the middle man and putting the critical news directly into everyone's head? The probability of wide-spread annihilation kept going up. The only way to stop it was to show it. To scare people straight. Because, what reasonable human being wouldn't be galvanized by the potential destruction of everything they've ever known or loved? To save civilization, I would show its collapse. But, how do you think this vision was received? How do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up like a chocolate eclair! They didn't fear their demise, they re-packaged it. It could be enjoyed as video-games, as TV shows, books, movies, the entire world wholeheartedly embraced the apocalypse and sprinted towards it with gleeful abandon. Meanwhile, your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint! In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it. And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this terrible future. You resign yourselves to it for one reason, because *that* future does not ask anything of you today. So yes, we saw the iceberg and warned the Titanic. But you all just steered for it anyway, full steam ahead. Why? Because you want to sink! You gave up! That's not the monitor's fault. That's yours.

Powerful stuff. So I'm interested in the influence of art the political views of people from other nations and generations. Or discussion on the potential use and current use of art to influence political opinion. Fire away.

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