They say Pink Floyd is one of the better bands to preach political activism and progressive ideology. Their album, The Wall, spent an entire decade in the top ten and with good reason. The music itself speaks to a generation of people about oppression and big government during a time when the Western world was reeling from the loss of The Vietnam War, and we were becoming involved with tensions in The Middle East.
For me, a late bloomer to the music of Pink Floyd, it has become increasingly apparent that the music itself has a much deeper meaning that legitimizes the class struggle we have seen in the United States for decades. The struggle which is still only getting worse over time.
There are six songs, all Americans should listen to atleast once in their lives. While the order is not as important as the message, the six songs that speak to me are best heard in the order I have outlined below.
I have included the message I see when I listen to each song, for those interested.
1. Another Brick in the Wall-Part 2 (The Wall-1979)
As blantently apparent in the movie bearing the album name, this song shows the complete indoctrination of our youth by the older generations of this nation. School systems run rampid with curriculums designed to make students into obedient slaves to, in turn, condition them into workers for a capitalistic system designed to feed the bureaucrats at the top. This song shows how we are raised in a world and molded by our elders to do what we are told as society deems superservantcy for success. Trust in society, and everything else will fall in line.
2. Comfortably Numb (The Wall-1979)
This song evokes powerful images of the Twin Towers and 9/11. From the plane hitting the first tower, to the towers themselves as a symbol of capitalism and US economic strength. The second tower is then hit, followed by more images of the skyscrapers, before the smoldering buildings shed ordinary Americans jumping dozens of stories to their deaths. Closing with the collapse of the buildings, 9/11 was a shocking revelation that hit this country for all the wrong reasons. Along with WTC 7, the Twin Towers are the only buildings to succumb to fire. 9/11 was an awakening which geared this country into war, a war we have been caught up in ever since, with only degrees of losing.
3. Hey You (The Wall-1979)
A song of the aftermath of 9/11, isolation, and bewilderment. The American people are perplexed and desperate for an answer to the terror attacks. It was in this state of confusion, that the populace was geared to a common cause, The War on Terror, The Taliban, Al Qaeda, and Osama Bin Laden. A narrative that seeped into the mind of every American like a poison to justify the actions to come in the Middle East, all unknowingly in the name of big business .
“Together we stand, divided we fall.”
4. Us & Them (Darkside of the Moon-1973)
A song about class warfare, the never ending battle. A poor man is depicted going to church at night for a hot meal while he tries to make it each night alone in a back alley.
A rich, well to do citizen, is given celebrity status, as she walks on a red carpet into an impressive theater. The photographers can not take pictures fast enough as she walks by.
The worth of a human being inflated, or deflated depicted by society’s perspective. All life is not equal, as ones worth becomes an obstacle of equality.
5. Pigs (Animals-1977)
The obvious fact of how American and Western civilization, has been controlled and led by an elitist establishment bent on keeping their empires over the sheep of the world. As everyday people slave away, the establishment laughs and pushes a narrative over the masses. Indoctrination runs rampid, which includes rituals of self-alligance to a government.
Class warfare is highlighted in numerous images from the civil rights rallies of the 1960s, to protests against the Vietnam War.
As governments are pushed, our political leaders, pigs, push further their manipulation of our mass media. Protests in turn become more abrasive, met by violence and force by first the government (IE: The Kent State Massacre), and then reciprocated through riots such as the LA riots in response to the Rodney King verdict. The use of force is increased with Molotov cocktails, rubber bullets, tear gas, and fire hoses.
Pretty soon it becomes apparent the narrative we are told for over 50 years is a sham. The establishment laughs (most notably George H. W. Bush), as JFK is assassinated in 1963. Questions are raised as to everything involving the narrative of the Twin Towers collapse. The Iran-Contra scandal comes to light, Freedom Fries and Support Our Troops are words engrained into our memories as we are spoon fed a story designed to hide the truth.
All the while, our sons and daughters are sacrificed for an establishment that can care less. Our veterans are maimed and scarred beyond recognition internally and/or externally due to wars of political and monetary gain.
As more people are awakened, a cause comes from a man who has fought against the oligarchy for over fifty years, Bernie Sanders. A political revolution erupts peacefully as the younger generations rise up to speak out. The nomination of a political figure the establishment is afraid of is stolen by an establishment warhawk, which leads to the rise of facist America under Donald Trump.
A peaceful revolution is an apparent lost cause without a class uprising.
6. Run Like Hell (The Wall-1979)
The current time, paramilitaries come into the woodwork to use force if necessary to combat domestic terrorism and oligarch rule.
In this final phase, the masses must unite against their common for who tries to manipulate and divide them. The reconstruction of the US constitution and rights back in the hands of the American citizen are the goals needed for a successful cause, goals not yet attained.