Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Tone Poetic Reference?

fish_oil@space.com fish_oil@space.com
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 14:47:35 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 08 April 2002, "Brian Mansberger" wrote

> Just a thought:
> "A statistical sham,
> an emperor's rags -- it's sad"
> George W. Bush? :)
> Brian

Hey, if the rag fits... 

Here's another thought : I see the above line as
sensible only in light of "invisible hand clutching at
the throat" (a reference to Adam Smith's guiding
principle of capitalist self-interest serving the needs
of all members of society?) ie. the proposition that
global prosperity will bring about equality and
eradicate poverty - a sham; greedy manipulative
bourgois forces still hold the reins. And as with the
legend about the emperor's new clothes, we all end up
naked. It took a child to lay bare (oops) the truth ...
rant on, Oils.

There's no shortage of grist for the interpretive mill
in this tune, and that's for sure.

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