"Publicly subsidized! Privately profitable!" the anthem of the upper tier: the puppeteer untouchable. We focus a moment and nod in approval, then bury our heads back in the bottles of these neo-colonials. And our former nemesis: (ahh! the romance!) the nation-state now plays fund-raiser for a new-brand power-concentrate. Try again, but now we're confused - what is class war? Is this class war? Yes (I guess?) this is class war!!! And holy fuck! I'm just a kid! I can't believe I'm gonna worry about this kind of shit!!! What a stupid world. And it's beautiful. No regard for principle. What a stupid World. (1)born (2)hired (3)disposed. Where that job lands everybody knows. And you can tell by the smiles on the CEOs that environmental restraints are about to go. And you can bet that laws will be set to ensure the benefit of an unrestricted labor clause kept in place by (displaced gov't) death squads. They own us. They produce us. They consume us. Can you fucking believe it? What a stupid world. Fuck this bullshit display of class loyalties. The media and "our" leaders wrap it all up in a flag: fucking shit-rag. Hooray!


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    i love this band. they just say everything we all are too chicken shit to say aloud. They fucking hit the nail on the head in everyone of their songs. How big do your balls have to be to say this shit, I mean really. I hope these dudes never die. I hope they are immortal. the world wont survive without them.

    rainydayboyon February 09, 2002   Link
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    CORRECTIONS:

    TITLE:And we thought nation-states were a bad idea....

    bury our heads back in the BARCODES of these neo-colonials.

    WE'RE the bad job lands

    unrestricted labour LAWS

    skunkbythebrookon April 03, 2003   Link
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    Just a note:

    The Less Talk/Survival of the Fattest version says 'Barcodes of these neo-colonials', but the Quantity is Job #1 version says 'Bottles'. And It's called '...And We Thought Nation States Were A Bad Idea' on both albums, but just 'Nation States' on the compilation.

    Pedantry ends...

    WavinGerbson June 13, 2005   Link
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    Gonna break it down here:

    "Publicly subsidized! Privately profitable!" the anthem of the upper tier: the puppeteer untouchable. ---- Essentially, this is what Multi-nationals and their CEO's want nation-states (Canada-'merica etc) to do to their institutions (healthcare etc). If the institutions are all funded partially by the public and privately run then shareholders will earn a much higher return meaning the CEO's will earn an even bigger return.

    We focus a moment and nod in approval, then bury our heads back in the bottles of these neo-colonials. ---- This is the average response from a normal stiff, "uh sure, that sounds good. Let's let our leaders do that" then we go on with our lives not giving it any further thought.

    And our former nemesis: (ahh! the romance!) the nation-state now plays fund-raiser for a new-brand power-concentrate. Try again, but now we're confused - what is class war? Is this class war? Yes (I guess?) this is class war!!! And holy fuck! I'm just a kid! I can't believe I'm gonna worry about this kind of shit!!! What a stupid world. And it's beautiful. No regard for principle. What a stupid World. ------ This bit is bashing the fact that our nations are providing these companies with the ease to become far more powerful then ever before while in the process making the gap between the impoverished and the super rich even bigger then ever before effectively creating a class war. Then he's obviously saying he's sick of the fact that the older generations are doing nothing about this and it's absurd that the children (young punks/politically minded youths etc) have to deal with this shit.

    We're (1)born (2)hired (3)disposed. Where that job lands everybody knows. ------ Just what it says we are born, get jobs and then get disposed of when Multi-National companies ship to third world nations for labour at slave wages.

    And you can tell by the smiles on the CEOs that environmental restraints are about to go. ---- MN's get third world nations to compete against one another. They get them to give them reduced environmental restraints in exchange for giving that nation the contract for a new sweat shop to be developed there.

    And you can bet that laws will be set to ensure the benefit of an unrestricted labor clause kept in place by (displaced gov't) death squads. ----- Same thing as above. Wanna know why third world nations get paid slave wages and mistreated all the time? Like I said, the poor nations leaders will do what it takes in order to get a company producing in their county, that means dropping tons of labour laws, killing minimum wage and killing off all saftey laws.

    They own us. They produce us. They consume us. ----- durrr

    Can you fucking believe it? What a stupid world. Fuck this bullshit display of class loyalties. The media and "our" leaders wrap it all up in a flag: fucking shit-rag. Hooray! ----- It's a stupid fucking world when our leaders allow Multi Nationals to function like this. It's even worse when they get us to believe in what they're doing by telling us that they're doing it acting in our country's best interest while waving our flag at the same time.

    sigh

    Whitey666on February 20, 2008   Link
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    this song seems to be about how the old enemy was the nation-state and colonialism, yet now there is an even bigger threat breeding in these states in the way of capitalist corporations. these corporations care not about the environment or their human workers and often locate in countries with lax laws to get around issues that may not be allowed in their own countries. also, the governing body does seem to have some ties with certain corporations...

    bluetearson December 27, 2004   Link
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    if i remember correctly, i cried the first time i heard this song. they really do fucking own us.

    lagwagon182on January 25, 2011   Link

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