Guest Post: Welcome To The United States Of Orwell, Part 3: We Had To Destroy Democracy In Order To Save It

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

 

The National Security State has an Orwellian imperative: destroy democracy in order to "save" it.

Here is what I consider to be the dominant narrative of what I call the National Security State. The National Security State is comprised of the Pentagon, the Armed Forces, the CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, the corporate military-industrial complex that profits from it and the "black" budgets, agencies and operations that are hidden from the citizenry in the name of "national security."

Here's the narrative: we were surprised by a treacherous, shadowy, sinister enemy and we have to set aside the niceties of democracy and civil liberties to combat this new and terrible foe. This was the narrative after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and it set in motion a total-global-war mobilization of the entire American society and economy.

Civil liberties? Gone, baby: Executive Order 9066 sent 120,000 Americans to concentration camps hastily erected in various wastelands. It was for their own good, and for the good of the war effort, of course; but no questions or legal niceties were allowed. Executive Orders from the Commander in Chief (the President) are like that.

The entire economy and populace were commandeered for the war effort. Since the nation was still in the grip of a decade-long Depression, then borrowing a couple trillion dollars into existance and mobilizing the populace for global war was actually a welcome development to most people.

Since this was a war for national survival and democracy, anything that hindered the war effort (except making a profit, of course) was deemed unpatriotic. The propaganda machine duly cranked out films demonizing our enemies, burying defeats and glorifying victories.

The narrative was repeated in the 1950s once the Soviet Union obtained the nuclear bomb. Once again we were surprised by a treacherous, shadowy, dangerous enemy and we had to set aside the niceties of democracy and civil liberties to combat this new and terrible foe. Communist infiltrators were everywhere, and had to be rooted out. Niceties like civil liberties were tools used by the Commies to mask their heinous efforts to undermine our way of life.

The net result of this narrative was that any self-aggrandizing moron in Congress could slander a decorated and revered general in the U.S. Army (Sen. Joe McCarthy and General George Marshall) and get away with it. Since Commie sympathizers could be anywhere at any time, then domestic spying was necessary, and on a vast scale.

Fortunately, the National Security State had developed the necessary infrastructure for handling espionage and spying on a global scale, so it was a straightforward task to set up a domestic spying operation. If civil liberties had to be trampled to do so, it was necessary to protect the nation and "our way of life."

You see the key point in the narrative: "our way of life" is more important than civil liberties. This is of course an orwellian reversal of what the Founding Fathers had in mind, which was that civil liberties are our way of life.

The narrative that domestic spying was necessary to root out sinister underground bad guys led directly to the COINTELPRO subversion and suppression of Vietnam War-era domestic dissent in the 1960s.

The danger of political activities being lumped in with criminal activity is higher than most complacent Americans believe. It's easy to be naive about the essentially unlimited powers of the National Security State. Most people believe that only "bad people" get caught by the government trawler, but it isn't quite that simple. Anyone perceived as threatening or impeding the State's Imperial ambitions may be targeted. Please don't say that it "can't happen here" because it already happened here.

I was with a friend when the FBI swooped in to arrest him for political crimes against the State, i.e. refusing to support an illegal (undeclared) war. At the time, the FBI had some 10,000 agents tasked with suppressing or disrupting the antiwar movement by whatever means were deemed necessary. Meanwhile, the agency's anti-Mob (organized crime) unit was reduced to minimal staffing. When the State feels its Imperial agenda threatened, then run-of-the-mill criminality gets ignored and the full resources of the State are turned on political resistance to the National Security State.

Having been called into the FBI office myself for grilling (after being threatened along the "we know where you live" line), I can say from experience that the boundaries which are supposed to protect our rights only exist if you can afford high-powered legal representation and if you are able to raise a stink in the "right circles," i.e. within the Power Elites.

The default narrative is to become a repressive Police State with an active secret intelligence program against domestic dissent, i.e. COINTELPRO, the secret campaign to infiltrate, undermine, marginalize and/or subvert the antiwar movement.

This program employed illegal entry ("black bag jobs") and surveillance, extralegal force and violence (creating and funding extremist front groups to commit the violence at arms distance from the Federal government), and psychological warfare ("dirty tricks," harassment, misinformation, setting up pseudo-movements run by government agents, threaten activists' parents landlords, employers, etc.)

The 1976 Church Committee formed to investigate the domestic intelligence campaigns concluded:

"Many of the techniques used would be intolerable in a democratic society even if all of the targets had been involved in violent activity, but COINTELPRO went far beyond that...the Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association."

Anyone who doesn't believe their government is capable of Police State repression and subversion of First Amendment rights should research COINTELPRO more fully. Nothing will be more threatening to the State than former insiders (those whose belief in the system has faded) turning into whistleblowers on the web. Nothing damages the National Security State more than a truthful accounting of its excesses.

Here is one source text: War at Home: Covert action against U.S. activists and what we can do about it.

Put simply: the State holds all the hammers, and you know what happens to raised nails.

It is self-evident that the Federal government must retain the means to track and arrest foreign agents of unfriendly governments or groups who are operating on U.S. soil. This is understood. The critical point being made here is that these counter-espionage efforts must comply with the Constitutional limits on government powers and not subvert our civil liberties.

It is an effortless slide for those in power to define domestic dissent as a "threat" that must be subverted, disrupted and suppressed--and limiting the Power Elites from pursuing such over-reach is the entire purpose of the Constitution.

Under the Obama administration, the National Security State has once again staked out the "legal" grounds for total mobilization of the American populace and economy. I invite all supporters of President Obama to carefully read his recent Executive Order entitled (with a truly Orwellian flourish) National Defense Resources Preparedness.

This Executive Order is chockful of extralegal directives and vaguely defined over-reach, of the sort that will be delineated more clearly when the Commander in Chief executes the broad powers laid out in this order.

The president will also be executing democracy and our civil liberties when he invokes this Executive Order. Even the most starry-eyed naive supporter of President Obama cannot read this document as anything but a blueprint for total mobilization and the destruction of the Constitution, democracy and our remaining civil rights.

If this Executive Order doesn't frighten you, then you're in denial.

It's actually very simple: whatever the National Security State does anywhere on Earth is legal. Whatever action you take to protect your civil liberties is illegal.

In case you have any doubts about where our "leadership" is taking us, please review these Assorted quotes by Fascists or about Fascism.

 

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Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:53 | 2297478 Stoploss
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WORD....

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:18 | 2297570 idea_hamster
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This post is double plus ungood.

Everyone knows that unhelpful nails get removed, re-straightened, and re-introduced (by the hammer) so they can help society stay in one, double plus good piece.

(Hey, I gotta practice, right?)

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:36 | 2297629 whstlblwr
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I think article is misdirected and only helps make paranoid, more paranoid. We have to stand up for what's right. And now government is corrupt and far away from the constitution. Also don't discount that many FBI etc, also have suffered when housing blows up, and from inflation caused by Fed's liquidity.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:39 | 2297638 The Big Ching-aso
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"How many fingers, Winston?"

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:57 | 2297699 RafterManFMJ
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I'm so paranoid I've actually infiltrated myself.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:31 | 2297808 kill switch
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I may be paranoid but that doesn't mean there not out to get me...

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:06 | 2297926 Forgiven
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I guess that's better than penetrating yourself...ouch.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:49 | 2298118 Treeplanter
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And I'm reporting you.  I know you're with Goldstein.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:29 | 2297800 Bob
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Hell yeah, we'll mobilize in mass protest!

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2012/03/th...

Oh, wait a minute . . .

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:05 | 2297531 Chief KnocAHoma
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Badges... we don't need no stinking badges!

http://annoyanidiot.blogspot.com/

 

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:13 | 2297547 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Once again we were surprised by a treacherous, shadowy, dangerous enemy and we had to set aside the niceties of democracy and civil liberties to combat this new and terrible foe. Communist infiltrators were everywhere, and had to be rooted out. Niceties like civil liberties were tools used by the Commies to mask their heinous efforts to undermine our way of life. The net result of this narrative was that any self-aggrandizing moron in Congress could slander a decorated and revered general in the U.S. Army (Sen. Joe McCarthy and General George Marshall) and get away with it."

Um, actually, as it turns out, there really were communist infiltrators everywhere. Joe McCarthy may have been crazy but after 50+ years, the facts have finally straggled out, and shown that he wasn't wrong.

Not that I don't agree with the gist of what you are saying. But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:25 | 2297597 spinone
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Right. At that time half of the staff at the Washington dc russin embassy were KGB.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:29 | 2297609 Calmyourself
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+1 you said it better than I below..

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:33 | 2297618 atomicwasted
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You miss the point.  Maybe there were commie infiltrators everywhere.  BFD.  It got them precisely nothing.  Our self-inflicted footbullet of destroying our own liberties (presumably before the commies had a chance to do so) was worse than anything some "infiltrators" did or could have done to us.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:01 | 2297714 GoinFawr
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I doubt BB missed the point, I'd guess it's more like he wanted you to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83tnWFojtcY

Maybe his dad beats him with a bible every day?

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:01 | 2297715 forexskin
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what those infiltrators did to us is coming to fruition now. they managed to turn the defense of liberty into paranoid crime.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:51 | 2297882 Buckaroo Banzai
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Exactly. Cui Bono? It seems that those supporting Communist totalitarianism in the 1950s, are finally getting their wish. Although our version of Communist totalitarianism looks a little different than their Soviet version.

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice", all of a sudden doesn't sound so extreme anymore...does it?

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:06 | 2297925 GoinFawr
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Speaking of 'sportin supportin for our dear older brother'

"Yeah....so more importantly (Tylers),

...  Has ZH ever released or sold any comment data?  How secure are your servers?"

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:18 | 2297975 atomicwasted
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What about our current system is Communist or Soviet in any way?  It resembles fascism far more closely - the Franco or Mussolini model more than the Hitler one, at least for now.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 15:31 | 2298279 GoinFawr
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Hey, you didn't disingenuously misnomer any ideologies in that post! Prepare to be junked sir!

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 19:13 | 2299042 forexskin
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"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice", all of a sudden doesn't sound so extreme anymore...does it?

poor old misunderstood Goldwater - a real american, a true product of the melting pot, and a man of virtue.

speaking of which, its only proper to finish his statement - "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue"

cue the daisies and mushroom cloud propaganda... sheesh...

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:54 | 2298153 Treeplanter
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What? You have a problem with Marxism dominating our schools and media? You most be with Goldstein. 

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 17:22 | 2298656 earleflorida
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BRAVO!!!     BB :-))

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:45 | 2297861 Chupacabra-322
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U.S. Army Domestic Quick Reaction Force Riot Control Training Photos

The following photos are from March and February of this year and were taken at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.  The first four photos from March depict riot control training for a “domestic quick reaction force” that would aid in civil disturbances.  The second set of photos from February depict the 67th Military Police Company that typically mans the area’s Regional Correctional Facility attempting to quell riots among “restless prison inmates” that have created a disturbance.  The photos are similar to a collection from May 2010 that depict several National Guard units from different parts of the U.S. quelling protesters in mock communities holding signs that say “Food Now”. A description of one of the events was posted to Facebook by the U.S. Army’s 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment:

The Soldiers in a closed formation bang their batons in cadence against their shields as an angry mob approaches.

“When I initially picked up my shield, the thought of the movie 300 was the first thing that came to mind,” said Spc. Kyle Wilhelmi.

Teams of Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade conducted civil disturbance training here March 13. The Soldiers, though not quite Spartans, are effectively training to hold their line and successfully control crowds if called upon for a civil disturbance.

Soldiers with shields, batons and rifles pushed through and maintained a dominant stance against a mob of about 40 civilians. The riot escalated as the crowd began throwing snowballs, slurred profanity and made offensive gestures at the Soldiers. The more forceful members of the mob charged the Soldiers but were easily pushed back, as many often fell to the icy surface.

The overall goal of riot control group (RCG) is to control the crowd using less than lethal force.

http://publicintelligence.net/u-s-army-domestic-quick-reaction-force-riot-control-training-photos/

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:53 | 2297887 Buckaroo Banzai
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Yay overturn of Posse Comitatus!

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:17 | 2297970 Urban Roman
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Today's RCG is tomorrow's bonus army.

And it ain't gonna be nearly as pretty this time.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:20 | 2297979 johngaltfla
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At least one company has found a unique way to profit on the coming AI/Skynet Police State evolution:

 

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Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:56 | 2297481 NuckingFuts
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2+2=5

Bitchez

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:47 | 2297663 Temporalist
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Yep - we need to steal all the value from fiat globally so that you can continue using our money in the rigged casino.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:55 | 2297484 catacl1sm
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We are watch you, Charles.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:09 | 2297543 Bananamerican
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"I can has teh Freedom™?"

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:56 | 2297492 pragmatic hobo
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democracy can only exist as illusion.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:57 | 2297496 BobPaulson
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I guess the important lesson is: How was McCarthyism pushed back down in the hole from whence it came? Admittedly it was never completely beaten, but it certainly had a high water mark. Some prominent artists basically told the kangeroo court to FO and dared them to try to throw them in jail, my favorite being Pete Seeger. People basically need to stand up and start challenging the insanity.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:07 | 2297534 Watauga
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McCarthyism? 

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 15:20 | 2298233 Watauga
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No, no, I know what McCarthyism is, but how does it fit here?  McCarthy may have been overly zealous, but he was essentially correct.  Communists were prevalent in the U.S. government, particularly the State Dept, and throughout America, especially in the arts, and, contrary to what many of us have been told or have read, they were hellbent on destroying the U.S. to make way for a Soviet of American "Republics."  McCarthy overreached, to be sure, but his biggest mistake was in losing the public relations war. 

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 16:12 | 2298420 BobPaulson
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So sometimes it's OK to be violating the constitution as long as we're doing in for the right reason? I don't have to debate that, you've done too good a job yourself.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 18:38 | 2298942 my puppy for prez
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McCarthy should have just arrested all the FED and bankers.....THAT would have solved the communist infiltration problem!

No money...no revolution!

And bankers LOVE commies, don't ya know!

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:05 | 2297918 Buckaroo Banzai
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Um...OK. How do you square the "pushdown" of McCarthyism with the now rather indisputable fact that McCarthy was pretty much right-- there was significant penetration of US government and other american institutions by soviet agents.

Did the soviets win in the end? Did they successfully infiltrate our institutions and culture and undermine them? Did soviet agents that we never actually uncovered figure out a way to turn McCarthy into the bad guy, to turn his own weaknesses against himself? We can only judge by the results. History is about to render its verdict, and the answer is looking like, "yes".

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 15:03 | 2298170 The Alarmist
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The song made for this post is "I am the Owl" by the Dead Kennedys:

"I am the Owl"

I am your plumber
No I never went away
I still bug your bedrooms
And pick up everything you say
It can be a boring job
To monitor all day your excess talk

I hear when you're drinking
And cheating on your lonely wife
I play tape recordings
Of you to my friends at night

We've got our girl in bed with you
You're on candid camera
We just un-elected you

[Chorus]
I am the owl
I seek out the foul
Wipe 'em away
Keep America free
For clean livin' folks like me

If you demonstrate
Against somebody we like
I'll slip on my wig
And see if I can start a riot
Transform you to an angry mob
All your leaders go to jail for my job

But we ain't the Russians
Political trials are taboo
We've got our secret
Ways of getting rid of you
Fill you full of LSD
Turn you loose on a freeway

[Chorus]

Send you spinning
Send you spinning
Send you spinning all over the freeway
Spinning on the crowded freeway
Spinning on the freeway
Spinning on the freeway
Spin
Spin
Spin-Lookout

The press, they never even cared
Why a youth leader walked into a speeding car
In ten years we'll leak the truth
By then it's only so much papaer

Watergate hurt
But nothing really ever changed
A teeny bit quiter
But we still play our little games

We still play our little games
We still play our little games
We still play our little games
We still play a lot of games

I am the owl

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 15:49 | 2298308 GoinFawr
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Updated:

Jello and NomeansNo

Bruc3's D1ari3:

"on the top floor, from my penthouse i survey what i rule high rises thin curtains all lights go out by two no one ever sees me yet i know all of you it's sort of like a small town when your whole lives are on my computer ah... ah... all the power, none of the stress so much better being hatchet man than a henpecked attention-starved target like the big man himself our goal is perpetual economic victory we play with you to amuse ourselves our motives are personal our motives are political our motives are sexual i know hi ho hi ho hi ho the laws we make for others don't apply to us we do what we want a lethargic population is the key to our control who'd rather watch someone's life on tv than participate in their own mentally they feel helpless physically they just give up we priced the healthy food so high they can only buy soda pop a house broken bee colony that goes home after 5 too burnt and glazed to threaten us with purpose in their lives ah... ah... ha ha ha we drug their snacks at work mix hormones in kids lunch at school don't be a pill, it's good for you the men grow up muscular short tempered and kinda dumb the women develop those outrageous curves the kind you only used to see in the movies and magazines we banned and rounded up for ourselves hi-ho hi-ho
it's off to do our work you go"

"the people must not realize
they are being manipulated
for them to be manipulated effectively

we give 'em things to worry about
buying clothes and losing weight
your lack of curiosity is the key to our success
your lack of curiosity is the key to our success
your lack of curiosity is the key to our success"

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 16:13 | 2298430 BobPaulson
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Same comment as to Watauga above.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 17:12 | 2298615 Kayman
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I doubt that the commies unearthed by McCarthy would ever have taken political control of the U.S. Reagan had it right; bankrupt them.  Unfortunately, we got addicted to borrowing and bankruptcy is in vogue everywhere.

Hitler, too, unearthed them damn commies. No dang democracy was going to get in his way.

Totalitarianism has many guises.

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:57 | 2297497 Gully Foyle
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep7W89I_V_g&feature=related Mike & The Mechanics Lyrics

" Silent Running "

Take the children and yourself
And hide out in the cellar
By now the fighting will be close at hand
Don’t believe the church and state
And everything they tell you
Believe in me, I’m with the high command

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

There’s a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to god
The father and the spirit
Will guide you and protect from up here

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me, can you hear me running?
Can you hear me running, can you hear me calling you?

Can you hear me running (can you hear me calling you? )
(can you hear me) hear me calling you?
(can you hear me running) hear me running babe?
(can you hear me running) hear me running?
Calling you, calling you

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:03 | 2297522 Robot Traders Mom
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Muse also did an unbelievable song and video, "Uprising"

Paranoia is in bloom,
The PR, transmissions will resume
They'll try to, push drugs that keep us all dumbed down
And hope that, we will never see the truth around
(So come on)

Another promise, another seed
Another, packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed
And all the, green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Interchanging mind control
Come let the, revolution takes its toll
If you could, flick the switch and open your third eye
You'd see that, we should never be afraid to die
(So come on)

Rise up and take the power back
It's time the, fat cats had a heart attack
You know that, their time's coming to an end
We have to, unify and watch our flag ascend
(So come on)

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:09 | 2297535 Gully Foyle
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Robot Traders Mom

sounds kind of similar to Lennons Working Class Hero

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGfMDqtrvHM&feature=related

Working Class Hero

 

(John Lennon)
As Soon As You're Born They Make You Feel Small
By Giving You No Time Instead Of It All
Till The Pain Is So Big You Feel Nothing At All
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
They Hurt You At Home And They Hit You At School
They Hate You If Your Clever And They Despise A Fool
Till You're So Fucking Crazy You Can't Fallow Their Rules
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
When They've Tortured And Scared You For 20 Odd Years
Then They Expect You To Pick A Career
When You Can't Really Function You're So Full Of Fear
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
Keep You Doped Wit Religion And Sex And TV
And You Think You're So Clever And Classless And Free
But You're Still Fucking Peasants As Far As I Can See
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
There's Room At The Top They Are Telling You Still
But First You Must Learn How To Smile As You Kill
If You Want To Be Like The Folks On The Hill
A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be
If You Want To Be A Hero Just Follow Me
If You Want To Be A Hero Well Just Follow Me
Wed, 03/28/2012 - 12:51 | 2297679 Antarctico
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How about The Knife by Genesis -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdFc9lAtcr8

 

Genesis - The knife (live version) Lyrics
Album: Genesis Live

Tell me my life is about to begin,
Tell me that I'm a hero,
Promise me all of you violent dreams,
I guarantee all you will need them
Now, in this ugly world,
get ready to fight for your freedom
Now, when I give the word,
get ready to destroy all this evil
Now -

Stand up and fight, for you know we are right
We will strike at the lies
That have spread like disease through our minds.
Soon we'll have won and we'll treasure this worth
With our winnings and kindness
To all who our love now deserve
Some of you are going to die -
Martyrs, of course, to the freedom I will provide.

I'll give you the names of those you must kill
Then have all burned and quickly
Cover them up in Trafalgar Square
Hurry to see, you'll see them dead
In this ugly world,
ready to fight for your freedom
Now, when I give a word
hang 'em on high, let the blood flow
Now -

Stand up and fight, for you know we are right
We must strike at the lies
That have spread like disease through our minds
Soon we'll have won and we'll treasure this worth
With our winnings and kindness
To all who our love now deserve
Some of you are going to die -
Martyrs of course, to the freedom I will provide

We are only wanting freedom...

--- WE HAVE WON ---

Some of you are going to die,
Martyrs, of course, to the freedom I will provide

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 14:08 | 2297938 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The studio version of The Knife from the Genesis album Trespass has lyrics that are even a little more hard core:

Tell me my life is about to begin
Tell me that I am a hero,
Promise me all of your violent dreams
Light up your body with anger.
Now, in this ugly world
it is time to destroy all this evil.
Now, when I give the word
get ready to fight for your freedom
Now -

Stand up and fight, for you know we are right
We must strike at the lies
That have spread like disease through our minds.
Soon we'll have power, every soldier will rest
And we'll spread out our kindness
To all who our love now deserve.
Some of you are going to die -
Martyrs of course to the freedom that I shall provide.

I'll give you the names of those you must kill,
All must die with their children.
Carry their heads to the palace of old,
Hang them high, let the blood flow.
Now, in this ugly world
break all the chains around us,
Now, the crusade has begun
give us a land fit for heroes,
Now -

Stand up and fight, for you know we are right
We must strike at the lies
That have spread like disease through our minds.
Soon we'll have power, every soldier will rest
And we'll spread out our kindness
To all who our love now deserve.
Some of you are going to die -
Martyrs of course to the freedom that I shall provide.

"OK, men, fire over their heads!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Odi_Lm3SuE

 

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 18:01 | 2298822 Antarctico
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The studio version of The Knife from the Genesis album Trespass has lyrics that are even a little more hard core:

 

Agreed, but (and this is just my opinion) the performance of the Genesis Live version has more oomph that the original studio track. :)

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