In connection with the Free Burma initiative, I’ve reaquainted myself with Rage Against the Machine. I learned that RATM has reunited when Audioslave disbanded in February 2007. Zach de la Rocha had a low-key musical career and once more joined Morello, Commerford and Wilk for some great music and political activism. When RATM appeared, I was listening to a lot of punk music and had gone to a few Van’s Warped tours. I was rollerblading on vert and street and had just started university in Sherbrooke.
It seems to me that the song Freedom is most appropriate for what is happening in Myanmar. RATM wrote this song for the Leonard Peltier cause.
Is the current situation in Myanmar enough to warrant a full call to arms?
Continue reading “Freedom”
At Rage’s first reunion show, de la Rocha made a strong speech during “Wake Up” in which de la Rocha called members of the Bush administration to war criminals, citing a statement by Noam Chomsky regarding the Nuremberg Principles:
A good friend of ours said that if the same laws were applied to U.S. presidents as were applied to the Nazis after World War Two that every single one of them, every last rich white one of them from Truman on would have been hung to death and shot – and this current administration is no exception. They should be hung, and tried, and shot. As any war criminal should be. But the challenges that we face, they go way beyond administrations, way beyond elections, way beyond every four years of pulling levers, way beyond that. Because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries and profit from their reconstruction in order to survive – and that’s not a system that changes every four years, it’s a system that we have to break down, generation after generation after generation after generation after generation… Wake up.
Zack de la Rocha