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Think Culture has a brief yet thoughtful explanation of our contemporary post-racial climate.

Postmodernity has become an horror show of lazy irony. I indulge in the aethetic because of my place and time; education economics but find the stagnant nihilism and laissez faire just-for-lols approach to things that are worth earnestness overwhelmingly problematic. That isn’t to say there aren’t thinks about the pomo that I don’t adore–the playfulness with narrative structure in literature, the damn-near anarchical splintering of personal taste spurn on by consumerism. The common people seek the refuge of solid things, nationalism, patriarchy and racial superiority, built on a false notion of tradition to escape the overarching anomie that has plagued the western world since the epoch of modernity began. As individuals, we must competantly navigate between absurdity ad nauseum and, yea fuck it, the straight up fucking fascist. It is your responsibility not because of it was ordain from on high but because it can foster a more cohesive, well ordered system of thought and living–a romantic dream in a world of ambiguity and chaos that is perhaps impossible but worth striving for. That is my concept of the progressive, my reason for caring about politics.

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Last night while watching the final act of the RNC convention, I noticed they played “Barracuda” as an homage to Palin’s high school basket ball nickname while the balloons dropped and I wondered to myself if Heart was cool with the RNC using their song.

Apparently not.

In a statement issued earlier today, Nancy Wilson said:

“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”

This isn’t the first time Republicans have (rightfully) gotten flack for using songs written by leftist. Reagan’s misuse of that particular antiwar ballad by Springsteen is well known but fewer people know that John Mellencamp sent a cease and desist letter to the Mccain camp during the primary because they kept playing “Our Country“. Mellencamp was an Edwards man because, you know, populists with the accents of good ol’ boys got to stick together.

The common thread of these songs are that they’re overwhelmingly inappropriate for the RNC if you actually listen to the lyrics. I mean come on–Female empowerment against sexist business practices? Compassion (in the form of social services) for the working class? Anti-War anything? Now maybe I’m not giving the GOP enough credit–Maybe they’re just so mind-blowingly POMO that my provincial mind cannot wrap my head around it. Sort of like playing Rage Against the Machine to torture prisoners at Gitmo. They’re not appropriating these things out of ignorance, but out of sheer spite toward the liberals who love them.

Hey, it’s possible!

–Maybe.

And now, a word from New Jersey Senator Bruce Springsteen.

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