Raging for the Machine, Against Ryan

Rage Against the Machine's corporate headquarters.

Members of the “Rage Against the Machine” rock group recently gathered easy press accolades by bashing one of their fans.

When Paul Ryan’s appreciation for their music was made public, a member of the group said Ryan is “the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

It always strikes me as odd when wealthy, older artists like Rage Against the Machine actually believe the corporate marketing package their record companies have created for them and enriched them with for decades.

To review: Rage Against the Machine’s albums were released by Sony Music Entertainment’s “Epic” Label. Sony Music is the second-largest recorded music company in the world. The controlling Sony corporation is a multinational corporation bigger than Procter & Gamble — bigger than Microsoft.

The group also supports another big corporate interest: abortion. They are all for it.  Women who feel pressured to abort their children often feel rage against the machine that makes their situation feel hopeless. The band is fine with the abortion machine, though.

The group also dislikes Republicans. They headlined a show that coincided with the 2008 Republican National Convention, for which they dressed like Guantanamo prisoners. In fact, they are so against the situation in Guantanamo they are going to repeat the stunt in opposition to Obama’s policies at the Democratic convention… oh, wait, no they’re not. Theirs was a partisan rage, not really a rage against the machine.

The band’s guitarist, Tom Morello, wrote this for Rolling Stone:

“Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta ‘rage’ in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.”

This is a very revealing statement. First, it shows that “rage” doesn’t really mean “rage” to these guys. After all, Ryan is not really “enraged” by any of those things. He just has a different opinion about how to serve them.

Second, it reveals Rage Against the Machine’s politics to be … well, the machine’s politics. They must have listened well in public school and they must nod a lot when they listen to NPR, because they have imbibed the dominant political positions that have held sway in most American institutions during their lifetimes.

They don’t Rage Against the Machine. They are Raging for the Machine. And the machine has made them the privileged elite. But the amoral, market-driven Machine that pays them to shout obscenities is one that Catholics should very much be against.



  • Patrick

    Lame article. Let them decide what they mean when they say what they mean by “the machine” when they rage against it. And I think they’ve been very clear what they mean. Once again a repuglican politician has foolishly tried to align himself with a recording artist who opposes his policies. Happens every year.

    • MLsouth

      So I am guessing you are a a demoncrat? LOL

  • gerry

    Headline: Pot calls kettle black. In this case, the pot is black, but the kettle is not.

  • Glass Cathedrals

    And how much is the Catholic Church worth? And how come it doesn’t pay taxes in the US? Despite being involved in politics?

    • MLSouth

      @GlassCathedral: TAXES 101: non-profit institutions, which include any and all religious organizations, don’t pay taxes. The Catholic Church is the largest charitable organization in the world. What it doesn’t pay in taxes, which it is exempt of doing by law, it provides in assistance to the poor around the world and also to the local community it serves. It also uses that money to educate. Do the research if you are really interested in knowing the truth. There is a great chance that the Catholic Church has reached out to you at some point in your life, you just aren’t aware of it. Praying for you –

      • 101 Blowback

        Your church is reaching me by being involved in politics, which religious organizations aren’t supposed to do. And I have to pay taxes to support elementary and secondary religious schools in terms of bus transportation, books, and more and then even more when it comes to post-secondary schools in terms of Pell grants to students, other subsidies, and still more grants. Haven’t you been arguing that you shouldn’t have to pay for contraceptives that others use in health insurance? But you expect me to pay for subsidies for religious instruction. That takes the cake! You just want to be on welfare, living off the dole at my expense.

        • Tom Hoopes

          Check this out … the Fiscal Times did the math on what it would cost to replace the Church’s health services contribution. The numbers aren’t on your side, 101!

          • Tired of Taxpayer Handouts to Catholics

            Sometimes it’s not just a matter of dollars and cents but rather a matter of principle. I thought Catholics lived by that dictum but I now see that the bottom line for you is Mammon. But guess what, other hospitals can pick up the load as necessary. And what money can’t be made by Catholic institutions will be made by other institutions.

          • Tom Hoopes

            You found us out! The Catholic Church is the biggest charity in the world … because we really love money. You may tire of taxpayer handouts to Catholics, but we who pay for public schools that we don’t use while paying for the much more efficient Catholic schools: We are sure you will never tire of Catholic handouts to taxpayers.

  • Dyan Toepfer

    It just proves that most liberals listen to a half hour of liberal news nightly and don’t have a cle what they are talking about…it reminds me of Loni Anderson’s charater on WKRP “how can I help without really getting involved”….that’s a liberal for you—selfish and self-centered….

  • Jose

    Tom Morello has made a fine living for himself via capitalism peddling secular collectivism to music fans for 20 years now.

    Tom Morello (net worth $60 million) attacks Paul Ryan (salary $174,000) as “elite” and “super rich”.

    Perfectly reasonable!

  • Steve DeLuca

    Thanks for writing this! I’m a Cradle Catholic, We Do Tons of Great Things For Society & Get Nothing But Ridiculed…It’s almost as if it’s in vogue…That’s OK, I Won’t Be Purchasing Any Of Mr Morello’s Authored Works or Spin Offs…Thanks For The Article. KEEP THE FAITH! JESUS CHRIST Shred’s Morello on the GUITAR Any Way!



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