We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lil Wayne's Lyrical Fascism

Click here to access article by Henry A. Giroux from TruthOut
Lil Wayne's racist and sexist song is just one example of the morally dead zone that too many individuals, institutions, intellectuals and politicians occupy in a land of massive inequality in wealth and power, says Giroux.
This editor's introduction and Giroux's article, although morally correct, they lack incisive political insight because both frame the issues from a safe liberal perspective. Liberals are now comfortable using the term "neoliberalism", but to them it is seen as some sort of aberration of capitalism, not as a phase in its natural development. By framing the issues as an aberration of the system--hence subject to "reform", they stay safely within the limits of discourse permitted by capitalist authorities. 

Still, I recommend reading this because it illustrates how our overlords use popular culture against us by distorting our history and our historical heroes. There will always be naive or sociopathic artists who are willing to sell their souls for a buck, and the author does us all a favor by exposing the true history of Emmett Till.