Monuments to Human Enlightenment

by Erebus

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1.
Global Era 05:11
Global commerce, the savings are passed to you As to from where those savings came, that's an afterthought Freedom from consequences makes the world go 'round Consumers don't ask questions Why question the inevitable? Stockholders sing a merry tune Globalization Banana trees with twisted roots That overwhelm the seedlings That cling to life, dwarfed by the trees A weak hold on unstable ground We regret our pesticide's unforeseen effects Leukemia and birth defects Whatcha gonna do? Gonna sue us mother fuckers? Try and fucking sue us! Even in war, workers can be outsourced Mercenaries are war-profiteers Travel the world, have great job security Man, what a swell career! Avalanche of junk A third world garbage heap We sow the seeds of chaos The harvest ours to reap Why pay adults to work the mines When kids are just as cheap What are human rights abuses? I dunno Just look at our bottom line Global commerce is broken The culture of impunity must be eradicated Feel like I'm talking to myself Even I believed I've lost my fucking mind Wanna rip my fucking eyes out To purge psychotic visions from my head Concerned, the doctors bring my medication I guess the truth can drive a man insane Once there was a hive of bees whose honey was sublime Mr. cockroach found a way to get what was inside He promised riches to a drone Through civil war, he gained the throne Meanwhile, the cockroach gorged himself on the prize Ah! Ah! Ah-ah! There's gold in them thar hills! Ah! Ah! Ah-ah! We're taking your fucking land It’s really not our fault Pretty sure it's not our fault I guess sometimes a civil war just erupts Sustainable mining, safe waste disposal Chemical spills mean capital gains Now I guess zykklon b is a vacuum Man how the times have changed Why rely on workers When slaves work just as well Government contracts give new meaning to The phrase 'don't ask, don't tell' This medication gives you AIDS Do you think it will sell? No court in the world would convict us, literally Just look at our bottom line Global commerce is broken The culture of impunity must be eradicated Feel like I'm talking to myself Even I believed I've lost my fucking mind Wanna rip my fucking eyes out To purge psychotic visions from my head Concerned, the doctors bring my medication I guess the truth can drive a man insane In the garden Lies the great leviathan Whose tentacles Reach out to draw in helpless prey Beware the garden The beast will soon outgrow its lair What was hidden Will rise to devour us all
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Deus Vult 03:39
Patron-client relationship falls apart When the client dictates to the patron Why do we support a blatant pattern of aggression when the decades of alliance are Devoid of any benefit You've supported a just crusade Says Jesus, winking and giving a thumbs up When the day of judgment arrives We shall receive our reward They begged for peace, but all in vain And now only enemies remain It's no secret who provided the bombs that destroyed their homes Former foes cooperate While nuclear bombs proliferate And now it’s time to face reality We have not derived a single benefit from this alliance Israel has now become a massive liability Guess I'll say it slower for the State Department's benefit Israel has become a massive liability Get it yet, you fucking retards? Radical elements gains credibility When moderate leaders can't find a resolution Soon their enemies become our own A self-fulfilling prophecy We alone can do what's needed to end this apartheid but ironically we use morality to justify inaction God's impressed with what we've achieved Now Palestine belongs to his people When the day of judgment arrives We shall receive our reward Conquest Through settlements The word belies the true intent Terror used to justify Repression of the colonized Oppression Epitomized Autonomy denied A wall ensures a lesser race Will not pollute their living space Cast out Land purified They left their homes behind A long forgotten massacre A suburb stands where it occurred Bastards They waited for Pretext to start a war We cheer on their atrocities In the name of democracy Our support has never faded In fact, I think, it was never debated I guess bipartisanship is not a dream Those who dare to criticize Commit political suicide But now it’s time to face reality Israel cannot rely on our support without conditions We have overstretched our forces and destabilized a region Guess I'll say it slower for the State Department's benefit We've overstretched our forces and destabilized a region Get it yet, you fucking retards? We invaded Iraq to protect Jerusalem Bringing Iran closer to dominance Syria arms Iraqi insurgents 'cause it feels the regime might be next to fall No one seems to care or even criticize a policy that anyone can see is not in anybody's interest When I wrote to ask him why My Congressman sent the following answer When the day of judgment arrives We shall receive our reward
3.
Long Ago There was a land Where vengeance reigned supreme Just sit back, Relax And I will tell the tale of the Injustice system Lacking in rehabilitation Recidivism rises Minor offenders flood the system And are corrupted by it Housing the soaring population An easy check to sign Never mind that the programs they cut Are those which lower crime Should I run that back for you, motherfuckers? With no class to subjugate Society collapses As society degenerates The scapegoat class expands Locking away the underclasses Out of sight, out of mind Fighting the symptoms, not the causes A sick society Waging a war for public support Only the strong survive Guiding the sword in the hand of justice The passions of the mob Vengeance motivates our legislation Nancy Grace is squawking I want to cut her fucking throat Terrified, the sheep tune in Thanking God for the prison system Unseen, the victims pull the strings Their lynching ropes are hidden in briefcases Ironically, the judge proclaims: “May God have mercy on your soul” Why Clean up your act? Even if you do your sentence wont reflect it Hey Kids stay in class They’re changing all the rules so they can lock your ass away Good politics meets terrible policies The toughest states Have seen their crime rates increase Ignoring crumbling state finance they’ll say “All things considered, it’s quite a small price to pay” Crowded in cells like livestock Fear of the lash maintains control Vicious gangs their sole support When sadistic guards act as social workers Isolation chamber The backwards nature of the system exemplified Suicide, the sweet release May God have mercy on your soul Vigilante justice on a budget and the contradictions inherent have created the status quo The ever present specter of privatization lurking in the shadows well aware his time is near Well kids, the story’s over Now who can tell me what they learned from this tale? What smart little boys and girls, that’s right! It’s that the system is doomed to fucking fail
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Those people were marched to their graves and we waited for candy as we watched the parade When you realize your enemies are worms that might be when you lose track of the bodies you burned National sovereignty deified, you cant build a power plant but genocide's fine Slaughter your people en masse, kill a peacekeeper get a missile up your ass How many people have to die Before we call it genocide Oh, does it really matter why the human skulls are piled up When one commits a crime Does the punishment depend on how or why? He died happily in bed, cozy and warm, he was protected by the laws that he ignored When a child's head is bashed into the ground Does it make a sound if no one is around? Feel no remorse, powerful enough that we cant hope to enforce the rules By giving up and just forgetting a crime, we miss an opportunity to keep ‘em in line When thousands of Armenians were butchered and raped, it didn’t take Hitler very long to relate The message to the purpose of his murderous plot You think we would have learned, but alas, we did not Exterminate the opposition Ill have a shish-ka-baby Counter revolution That’s not a banana Execute the saboteurs New people, old people Show no mercy, We ignore the truth and nod our heads It’s much better this way What could we do? Don’t you remember all the money we gave? Well apologize later, we wont forget the flowers You can lay them atop the mass grave Mass grave Mass grave Mass grave The human race, dead and disgraced, witness the regression of man And when the furnaces are lit Will we stand by and watch them burn? What are these things that we’ve become? We’ve left humanity behind If god existed, he is dead Collective intervention can reduce current incentives to rely on idle threats Regionalization can discourage the creation of a mass of refugees Independent groups can help ensure treaty compliance and a firm united front Outlining expectations and subsequent course of action when demands have not been met But they won’t do it on their own But they won’t do it on their own
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Jeffrey Sachs laid out the facts, he’s here to save the day He called Bono on the telephone - oh, god he was just blown away Checkbooks out, we'll save the world the Brangelina way I bet they’re poor because they cannot invest, We'll send ‘em money and we'll hope for the best We wash our hands of it and give ourselves a pat on the back ‘Cuz when investing I just look for a place That is renowned for all the following traits Corrupt, destabilized and lacking courts and property rights Hand cash out to the poor Committed evermore The state no stronger than before Jolly good! We’ve built a road, now we can relax Where’s the sex appeal in making sure we’ve filled the cracks? After seventy years of decline you think it might have Been because of the aid we gave or just in spite of? Refusing to learn, paternalism returned We threw gas on the flame and deflected the blame when it burned Now they’ll change their ways if they want some of what we got They cant pay their cronies when the IMF's calling the shots Another loan is squandered, wow, that sure seems to happen a lot From these conditions leaders have to be freed So they can pay for what they desperately need, A foreign bank account, a palace and a secret police It’s great to make the state a valuable prize Nigeria's success cannot be denied As long a structural adjustment loans are finally gone Who needs capacity? Cash comes from overseas We’ve pledged our aid eternally Raise your glasses, chaps, that dam we built just made the news Maybe when it springs a leak we'll send a tube of glue After seventy years of decline you think it might have Been because of the aid we gave or just in spite of? Refusing to learn, paternalism returned We threw gas on the flame and deflected the blame when it burned There is no farm that can compete when the food dropped from the sky stinks of U.S. subsidies Why would you foster regional trade when you get your food for free from the white men in blue helmets? [We] didn’t mean to create The Prebendalist state, But the tyrants took their seats at the table we set and they ate And ate [But] did we try to explore? Did the scraps on the floor Feed the poor They were intended for? Were not responsible for adverse effects We closed our checkbooks and our minds Weak Meek The nation's future is bleak But should we give the government the money they seek? Just to keep ‘em alive, We'll give into their cries, They wont create the institutions that they need to survive We’re not responsible for adverse effects We closed our checkbook and our minds Artificial states In a state of authentic stasis As much oppressed by the iron fist As by the open hand Since independence They’ve been dependent Global pariah Condemned to suffer
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Is it a tax cut bringing us hope, Is it a bailout bringing us change? Is it a face on a fucking magazine? What does it feel like to be chosen, To be alive in this golden age Nothing has changed, nothing will change, I have no hope What’s the point of hope when you’re stuck inside the poverty trap? As you struggle to get free It will only pull you deeper Dad's laid off, barely getting by, But you’re just above an invisible line You try to apply but get ( ) But don’t worry change is coming I’m sure if we all believe despicable inequities in access to a decent education will be remedied Hey kids, pop quiz if one society that doesn't emphasize education and one increasingly global labor market are on a collision course How long will it be till they collide? The day after election day They said change wont come right away You fell for the fucking hype Hahahahahah You fell for the mother fucking hype An inbox checked each day in vain Each silent 'no' a stabbing pain Months go by, you’re losing hope Bills like daggers in envelopes Do you hope for death each day while sending out your resume? Don’t you worry, never fear, the ambassador of hope is here All the gods in heaven had a meeting to select him and they told their prophet Oprah of their choice Now the rain will turn to candy, cars will run on happiness and everywhere the people will rejoice Sure you’ve got a job but in Bangalour they do it cheaper, just to save a buck you’ll get the boot [The] boss [is] cutting costs, it’s your benefits under the knife for profit it’s the price that must be paid Don’t look down when walking on the tightrope of the market for there is nothing to catch you when you fall Going out of business and your pension's going too, I’m sure the CEO is crying on his yacht With the congress as his lapdog And the mandate he received I will not accept excuses I have taken shit for far too long When your pills are more precious than gold It’s obvious who has control Pill pushers are pulling the strings God help us Bankrupt Going through life uninsured, Which is worse the disease or the cure The rest of us trusted our lives to the free market Parasitic HMOs put price tags on our lives They lose money when we live and profit when we die
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A war unending Two enemies locked in combat At last a victor will emerge The lines are drawn The battle drags on and on War of attrition We all will suffer Immortal remnants Of chemical war fill my lungs No living soul Can remember the world as it was The spoils Of conquest A shit-covered concrete monstrosity Convenience Pulling the strings Driving the war machine on The weapon of choice The subdivision Crushing, killing, burning, drilling The end of a battle that's lasted millenia Now nature will finally submit to our will Its death drawing near The locust consumes A gluttonous feast Mindless, devouring all The forests are scorched, the oceans are teeming with waste Just look at the garden of Eden we've built in their place Since the Permian Era we've focused our eyes on the prize Millions of species have valiantly given their lives Even our kind must suffer the horrors of war I'm sure that the rich will suffer as much as the poor What once was Won't return Sacrifice Fuel for the engine of progress Ice age Will follow the thaw Tropics expand Pestilence spreading Destruction The market commands Developing world That's not a fucking excuse Wake up You piece of shit Talking point clone You make me sick Profits Who will benefit when The war reaches its conclusion? Denial Ignorance Ensures this war Never ends This eternal struggle will decide the Fate Of our world
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Dawn breaks The world grows dark and cold, the end that was foretold Now realized The faithful fall, fall to their knees and Pray This dying day As silent death flies swift to claim their souls The human race awakes, called to eternal sleep Sirens sing the dreaded dirge of death Flee You cowards Seek shelter in your burrows, buried deep So close now Ignore the sounds of terror Above the helpless victims are engulfed by the flames A child clings to his mother A single tear rolls down his face as he dies Like worms their leaders lie in wake After the storm they will emerge Dust and ash We once were Now to that We return Where there was beauty a wasteland remains The sun and the stars have foresaken this place Bodies unburied Corroded by acid rain No tomb for the innocent Food for the vermin that live to inherit the earth Supplies running low Survivors emerge Soon they will suffer and die for their treachery Clutching their throats they gasp for breath Writing in pain as their insides are cooked Those who remained hidden below seal off their tomb A plague on this earth Finally extinct Buried ten thousand feet deep by the unyielding snow For the first thousand years it fell The purity of snow Concealing The horror beneath Winter fades Melts away A barren rock Revealed in its wake As spring arrives That which survived Will rise to claim the earth Washed away is the memory of man Purged, forgotten, lost Structures crumble under natures embrace All remnants condemned to dust So called progress is meaningless, lost in the abyss of time When our final battle is over No trace of us will survive The forgotten sun Casts off its blackened shroud Stars once banished now return to the sky All the brighter in the absence of man So called progress is meaningless, lost in the abyss of time When our final battle is over No trace of us will survive When our final battles over will it help to duck and cover?
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Hegemon 06:14
Chaos once again descends, the war of all against all From inequality to social unrest, you fend for yourself Father come and save us, your children are hungry and cold Man, we’ve been in time-out a lot, but brand new toys are coming soon We’re backward but luckily we know the way out Got Papa Joe to show me the way We know who to blame for all our pain and poverty An enemy to justify increasing suffering Tyrant savior, the blind will lead the blind Father killed himself but the economy was homicide Trotsky or Khodorkovsky the trend remains Lock up the economy in autocratic chains Stagnation ends with an 'n' but in Ghana that’s where it began Isolation, domination the cry for justice is back again Alone and weak in the sea While sharks swim below We stand by and watch the sea turn red It’s in our interest to act, while we still have a chance To save the hopeless masses from the jaws of death Hegemon must rise Supremacy once again ascends, at the expense of the weak Exploiters only think of cutting the cost, as in the days of old It’s a race to the bottom, a race that no one wins Comparative advantage comes at a price, we reap the dividends of misery We suffer, but luckily there’s a way to fight back It’s crude, but it just might work The victims of the war between the great economies, The corpses of the poor lie rotting on the battlefield Britain made cloth that was multi-hued but the bones of the Indian weavers were Bleached white When the imperialists came they robbed and they stole and when they left there was Nothing to see but a hole Sent to work sewing soccer balls if you complain about your wage then you’ll get Nothing at all There’s no mercy for the weak, they cant develop on their own, take out a loan, and give Up sovereignty Work and hope you get out of poverty, work and hope you get out of poverty Shit, the Thais are tied and you’re fucked Band together to fight the oppressors, band together to fight the oppressors Stabbed in the back, the war drags on And when elephants fight The grass pays the price We stand by and watch the suicide It’s in our interest to act While we still have a chance to save the hopeless masses from the jaws of death Hegemon must rise

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