Protest 100: Consolidated – ‘Friendly Fascism’

Artist:          Consolidated

Song:           Friendly Facism

Album:        Friendly Faci$m

Producer:     Consolidated

Label:          Nettwerk

Year:           1991

Notes:
“Today’s Big Government-Big Business tyrants are just as willing to use violence. But they do it more efficiently than the old-time fascists– with higher tech and lower costs to them. They have the best looks, politicians, celebrities, and control mechanisms that money can buy. Yes, their own conscience tells them that true democracy would be nice. But suppressing their conscience, they undermine the rights of the working and middle classes. Their operating principle is “Might, Money, Male, Murder– and also White–Make Right.” They wreck the environment. They fool you, rule you, use you, abuse you–and make you like it. They divide you by race, sex, class, and nationality. But they fear the power of the powerless. They’re afraid of what you could do if you get off the boob tube and drugs, out of the night clubs and cut-throat competition–and work with others for equal rights.” – Bertram Gross, ‘Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America,’ 1980, M. Evans and Co., New York, NY.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
If Amber had wanted to deal with being somebody’s girlfriend or mistress or concubine or whatever, she could have stayed up in Stillwater and kept milking those professors and doctors and stuff.

Lyrics
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the end of the
Twentieth century and the arrival of friendly fascism.
Regrettably, millions will die as before.
But just think of the tremendous selection and savings you’ll gain.
Of course, the loss of freedom and democracy are tragedies,
I know, but consider the entertainment value contained within.
And to remind you, it is you, the people,
Who have mandated this course of our fate so please come with me…

Look at the new face of power in America
This is your future
You can never leave

Who said tyranny can’t be fun?
Friendly fascism having so much fun!
What else do you need?

You’ll learn to like what you must do
If you resist you are suppressed
You are told who to fight and when
By Bush the Nazi fascist friend

Alienating technology wipes out our sense of community.
Millions will die just as before
We disconnect and start the war

We make life a commodity
We turn animals into machines

Kinder and gentler slaughterhouse

Big business and government
Distract us through entertainment

They manufacture our consent
While we destroy the environment

[Spoken: Sample Speech of L.D. Barkley 21-year-old African American spokesman for the Attica Prisoners, killed by New York state troopers on September 13, 1971]
What had happened here
Is but a sound before the fury of those who are oppressed

All of us have realized that where ever is that struggle
There is a sacrifice!

[Spoken: Sample Speech to the Attica rebels by Herbert X. Blyden,
One of the African American leaders of The Attica Brothers prison rebellion group]
We ain’t gonna quit (aren’t going to)
You wanna know why we won’t ever quit? (do you want to know)
Because we are one!
We are one unit!

We are tired of being beaten
We are tired of being oppressed

[Spoken: excerpt of a speech sample by a bearded Scientist in John Carpenter’s 1988 movie They Live]
The poor and the underclass are growing
Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent
They have created a repressive society
And we are their unwitting accomplices

Their attention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness
We have been pulled into a trance
They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others
We are focused only on our own gain

Please understand they are safe as long as they are not discovered
That is their primary method of survival

To keep us asleep, to keep us selfish, to keep us sedated

Look at the new face of power in America.
This is your future
You can never leave

Who said tyranny can’t be fun?
Friendly fascism having so much fun!
What else do you need?

[Spoken: excerpt of a speech by a Politician also from the movie They Live]
The feeling is definitely there
It’s a new morning in America
Fresh!
Vital!
The old cynicism is gone

We have faith in our leaders!
We are optimistic about what becomes of it all!

It really boils down to our ability to accept
We don’t need pessimism

There are no limits!

‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

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