Divide and Conquer

Some of my favorite music is timeless.  While my favorite band, Husker Du, has been gone since 1987, this song seems particularly relevant in these days when we seem to be growing further and further apart while other people wielding far too much power orchestrate their dismantling of freedom.

Well they divided up all the land
And we’ve got states and cities
Cities have their neighborhoods
And more subdivisions
There’s countries divided by walls
Oceans and latitudes
And longitude, longing to find out
Just what they’re missing
There’s lots of area codes
And nine digit zip codes
Secret decoder ring codes
Arteries, shopping nodes
We’ll invent some new computers
Link up the global village
And get AP, UPI, and Reuters
To tell everybody the news
We’ll be one happy neighborhood
Spread out across the world
Who’s going to stop that burglar
From breaking into my house
If he lives that far away
We’ll be just like old friends
No means to your ends
The police state is too busy
And the neighborhood’s getting out of hand
Big Brother on every wall
Muzak plays in all the halls
Empires see the rise and fall
They divide and conquer
It’s not about my politics
Something happened way too quick
A bunch of men who played it sick
They divide, conquer
It’s all here before your eyes
Safety is a big disguise
That hides among the other lies
They divide, conquer
Well I expect I won’t be heard
Because my silence is assured
Never a discouraging word
They divide and conquer
They divide and conquer

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