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Rage Against The Machine Testify Rage Against The Machine Rage consisted of four members Lead vocalist and songwriter Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello are the most politically active of the group Morellos father was a member of the Mau Mau guerilla army that freed Kenya from British colonial rule while his mother is a founding member of Parents for Rock and Rap an anti-censorship group De la Rochas mother holds a PhD in anthropology while his father was a member of Los Four a group that depicted Chicano history through pictures It appears that de la Rochas father who had a nervous breakdown was religiously demanding requiring that Zack embrace the Bible in all parts of his life This may at least in part explain the groups apparent disdain for organized religion The band released four separate albums plus numerous live and specialty releases prior to their break up The song I chose to study is Testify off their third LP The battle of Los Angeles Like most of Rage Against the Machines songs this one talks a lot about capitalist greed In this particular song Zack de la Rocha is showing how capitalist greed leads to a loss of life This can be seen in the lines The car is our wheelchair my witness your coughing Oily silence mocks the leg less now traveling in coffins The capitalist greed for oil and the rush for oil that has led to numerous wars is also described in the lines The pipeline is gushing while here we lie in tombs and mass graves for the pump and the price is set Marx himself was quite clear about the fact that capitalism breeds greed Rage Against the Machine also addresses the medias role in hate and warmongering and the criminality associated with capitalism Regarding the media during the Persian Gulf War and other assaults on the Middle East Rage Against The Machine says
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