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Armed Chinese Troops In Texas


Although I support Ron Paul in the coming up American elections, I decided to post this message primarily due to the point it gets across; Americans would not accept the treatment their state has been providing towards other nations.

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Politics

 

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The youth’s lack of political thought


A negative trend has stuck its face at me; the younger generation [Canada, other nations if relatable] lacks opportunity to learn political thought, and thus many remain ignorant.

Yes, we had the measly course of social studies when we were young, and yes we took a half credit course in civics, but we did not discuss our framework’s key issues, other ideologies and political philosophies, and the changes that should be worked for, such as the ever increasing inability for individualism to live comfortably off a job. In the 70s many individuals working common sectors were able to live comfortably unlike in this day and age.

Studies in school is so based upon that of business and the sciences. They are seen as either good money makers or prestigious areas to go into. Thus, few study politics. The problem? We are social beings, and our societies are so advanced; not understanding how they work results in little dissent, a lack of change, and a population often blinded by its partisan values. People seem to not view these issues as structural, and rather latch their political crushes on parties that have continuously failed us.

This brings me to the question; how much does the older generation know, and will our future generation remain ignorant? For example, the American society is riddled with so many issues, but they are often blamed, by both Americans and Canadians, on individuals or groups as opposed to our system:
-the war on terror (military-industrial complex and imperialism not Obama vs. Bush)
-deficit (careless spending and a slip to fascism, not Democrats vs. republicans)
-economic inequality (you get it by now)

Boy, a few courses in political and economic ideology could have worked wonders.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Politics

 

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Hip Hop, Capitalism, and Change


Hip-Hop began as a respectable movement, but has succumbed into being one of the most sold out and badly misrepresented genres of music. Hip-Hop began as a movement not only to produce heartfelt music, but was meant to be a stand against the corrupt system of society its early MCs grew up in.

New York, the home of hip-hop, was home to terrible slums, gang violence, and a strong feel of hopelessness; this was projected through the music. Many early MCs rapped from their hearts, which incidentally was filled with a brutal depiction of life living in the ghetto. Spitting real/skilled lyrics was a key property for MC survival. Beefs in this era were not meant solely to gain publicity, but had the purpose of “killing” an MCs career through proving their lack of skill, as seen in the beef between KRS-One and Boogey Down Productions.

It is quite obvious this past of hip-hop no longer remains in existence. Unfortunately, hip-hop gained great amounts of exposure, and it was inevitable its market would fall into the hands of capitalists caring about surplus and capital rather than keeping real hip-hop and the movement alive. Being a strong lyricist, having a good flow; these things were no longer required to “go big.” Now, one needed a stronger delivery and a beat able to mesmerize the ignorant masses.

Thus, it becomes quite clear that while hip-hop began as a positive movement fighting what was not right its heavyweights in terms of exposure would soon become a part of this very corrupt system. The label issue with Lupe Fiasco’s most recent album illuminates this; he was not able to put out the album he wanted, and it become the record label rather than the artist deciding the final product.

The future of hip-hop has many questions for me. While there are certain newer MCs I quite like – J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs – I think little will change, and whatever is best at the time for profit will prevail. MCs have always discussed smoking marijuana, but now it has become a strong selling suit for and is a market (Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller). It is things like this that make me fear for the future of my beloved hip-hop, and wish for a return to its past golden age.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in General

 

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