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.