N.A.S.A. – “Money”

Speaking of money, here’s a video I didn’t have time to share in class.  It’s from the 2009 debut album of N.A.S.A. (a North American-South American hip hop collaboration), The Spirit of Apollo.  This track, “Money,” features David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip.  The images of all the things money can buy today may look familiar as they come from Shepard Fairey, a graphic designer and illustrator known best for his OBEY sticker campaign and his Barack Obama “Hope” poster.

The song’s refrain is “Money is the root of all evil.”  But is that right?  As some of you may know, it’s a biblical reference — but the statement is incomplete.  Marx himself would probably not be completely satisfied with the statement either: in his theory, it’s not money per se that is the problem, but how money transforms social relations under capitalism.

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One response to “N.A.S.A. – “Money”

  1. in the song “money” it seems the writers are more critical of america and capitalism than money itself. although NASA continues to say “money is the root of all evil” and they named the song “money” the illustrations behind the lyrics beg to differ. it seems NASA’s real issue is with capitalism. he expresses how america has destroyed anything with actual value. he says everyone just wants to be rich and then spends their “riches on rags”. even though it is the money that we use to buy these things and it is the commodity that everyone wants. it isn’t money he blames for the issues we have today. its america. in essence he is saying america has bred a nation to be slaves to money. i think Marx would agree with this song because NASA’s real point is that we think were in america so we must be free. but in reality we are a slave to the people who put us to work. and were a slave to the ideology of america. the ideology that we only work to make money so that we can spend it. and then to do the whole thing all over again every single day of our lives. and at the same time ignore all the real issues that go on in the world such as war, pollution and discrimination.

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