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Rage Against the Machine’s Prophetic 2000 Video



This is old news for any fan of Rage Against the Machine, plus Billboard magazine wrote about it about 6 months ago, but this is worth mentioning again at the wake of Donald Trump’s presumptive Republican candidate nomination. Sixteen years ago, when Rage Against the Machine released the video for ‘Sleep Now in the Fire’ a single from their Grammy Nominated album ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’, they were really onto something. If you look closely, at the exact 1:04 mark, you see a man holding a sign ‘Trump for President’…

If this wasn’t prophetic I don’t know what was! The clip, which features the band playing in front of the New York Stock Exchange alternating with scenes from a satire of the popular game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, was directed by famous director Michael Moore, so I suppose we have to give him some credit too. The entire album, ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’, was heavily influenced by George Orwell’s acclaimed novel ‘1984’, which was describing a dystopian society. Does this mean we have reached this point?

However, I have to be honest and remind everyone that Trump already tried to run for president as the candidate for the Reform Party, from October 1999 to February 2000, so RATM and Moore were not complete visionaries, but let’s say that this small detail in the video has reached its full dimension,.. the obscenity had already started back then for a very short while, only to resuscitate 16 years later. At the time, it didn’t last for very long, but the other big difference with the present situation is that we don’t have RATM in 2016.


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