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Published on Jun 5, 2018
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It was only a matter of time for a counter movement to rise after the financial crisis. Hoping for a left wing solution to solve a right wing problem seemed sensible, right? Instead, populism became one of the main responses to the recession. This populist wave is destroying many progressive accomplishments all over the world. Trump in the US, Nigel Farage in the UK, Orban in Hungary, Duterte in the Philippines, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, the list seems endless. If it wasn’t so painful you could call it ironic: self proclaimed “ordinary people” fighting the establishment they are the very product of. Well established people with a successful commercial or political career now say they represent society’s “leftovers”. Lower middle class families scared for the changes in a globalizing world form a group of people that feels betrayed by the political and economic elite. As a reaction they like to take on the classes above them (the elite) and below them (sexual, racial, religious and other minorities, and immigrants). The lack of representation is a huge problem in western democracy, installing repressive authoritarian leaders feels very counterproductive though.
We got the leaders that we deserve Heads you win, tails we lose
What the fuck has happened, post apocalyptic wake up I’ll never drink again, I just can not believe what’s hitting us Idiot tsunamis, surging corpocratic stickup Political pollution, posers, populistic buzz
Selling out the people that you claim to speak for
Heads you win, tails we lose Fuck this game, your placebo news
The White House lead by Wall Street, main street left out in the gutter The coach of the three comma club serving B-sides of society Power brings responsibility like a big brother Instead we get dictators, trapped in our democracy
Fuck this game and your fake excuse
Disgracefully you tear down what was built It seems as if you’ve never heard of guilt Unfortunately you’ll never be billed For all the hard fought progress that you killed
Fuck this game and your crooked views Half full glasses always get refilled
Credits: All music and lyrics written and performed by Antillectual. Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Martin Beusker at Mailmen Studio, mastered by Nico van Montfort at XPZ Sound. Filming by Tijs van Leur, Ruben Smulders en Mari-Liis Burket, editing by Claudio Stanghellini.