Poverty of Philosophy Lyrics - Immortal Technique

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Most of my Latino and black people who are struggling to get food, clothes and shelter in the hood are so concerned with that, that PHILOSOPHIZING about freedom and socialist democracy is usually unfortunately beyond their rationale. They don't realize that America can't exist without separating them from their identity, because if we had some sense of who we really are, there's no way in hell we'd allow this country to push it's genocidal consensus on our homelands. This ignorance exists, but it can be destroyed.

Niggas talk about change and working within the system to achieve that. The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you. There is usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation, but compromising yourself in a situation is another story completely, and I have seen this happen long enough in the few years that I've been alive to know that it's a serious problem. Latino America is a huge colony of countries whose presidents are cowards in the face of economic imperialism. You see, third world countries are rich places, abundant in resources, and many of these countries have the capacity to feed their starving people and the children we always see digging for food in trash on commercials. But plutocracies, in other words a government run by the rich such as this one and traditionally oppressive European states, force the third world into buying overpriced, unnecessary goods while exporting huge portions of their natural resources.

I'm quite sure that people will look upon my attitude and sentiments and look for hypocrisy and hatred in my words. My revolution is born out of love for my people, not hatred for others.

You see, most of Latinos are here because of the great inflation that was caused by American companies in Latin America. Aside from that, many are seeking a life away from the puppet democracies that were funded by the United States; places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Republica Dominicana, and not just Spanish-speaking countries either, but Haiti and Jamaica as well.

As different as we have been taught to look at each other by colonial society, we are in the same struggle and until we realize that, we'll be fighting for scraps from the table of a system that has kept us subservient instead of being self-determined. And that's why we have no control over when the embargo will stop in Cuba, or when the bombs will stop dropping in Vieques.

But you see, here in America the attitude that is fed to us is that outside of America there live lesser people. "Fuck them, let them fend for themselves." No, Fuck you, they are you. No matter how much you want to dye your hair blonde and put fake eyes in, or follow an anorexic standard of beauty, or no matter how many diamonds you buy from people who exploit your own brutally to get them, no matter what kind of car you drive or what kind of fancy clothes you put on, you will never be them. They're always gonna look at you as nothing but a little monkey. I'd rather be proud of what I am, rather than desperately trying to be something I'm really not, just to fit in. And whether we want to accept it or not, that's what this culture or lack of culture is feeding us.

I want a better life for my family and for my children, but it doesn't have to be at the expense of millions of lives in my homeland. We're given the idea that if we didn't have these people to exploit then America wouldn't be rich enough to let us have these little petty material things in our lives and basic standards of living. No, that's wrong. It's the business giants and the government officials who make all the real money. We have whatever they kick down to us. My enemy is not the average white man, it's not the kid down the block or the kids I see on the street; my enemy is the white man I don't see: the people in the white house, the corporate monopoly owners, fake liberal politicians those are my enemies. The generals of the armies that are mostly conservatives those are the real Mother-Fuckers that I need to bring it to, not the poor, broke country-ass soldier that's too stupid to know shit about the way things are set up.

In fact, I have more in common with most working and middle-class white people than I do with most rich black and Latino people. As much as racism bleeds America, we need to understand that classism is the real issue. Many of us are in the same boat and it's sinking, while these bougie Mother-Fuckers ride on a luxury liner, and as long as we keep fighting over kicking people out of the little boat we're all in, we're gonna miss an opportunity to gain a better standard of living as a whole.

In other words, I don't want to escape the plantation I want to come back, free all my people, hang the Mother-Fucker that kept me there and burn the house to the god damn ground. I want to take over the encomienda and give it back to the people who work the land.

You cannot change the past but you can make the future, and anyone who tells you different is a Fucking lethargic devil. I don't look at a few token Latinos and black people in the public eye as some type of achievement for my people as a whole. Most of those successful individuals are sell-outs and house Negros.

But, I don't consider brothers a sell-out if they move out of the ghetto. Poverty has nothing to do with our people. It's not in our culture to be poor. That's only been the last 500 years of our history; look at the last 2000 years of our existence and what we brought to the world in terms of science, mathematics, agriculture and forms of government. You know the idea of a confederation of provinces where one federal government controls the states? The Europeans who came to this country stole that idea from the Iroquois LEAGUE. The idea of impeaching a ruler comes from an Aztec tradition. That's why Montezuma was stoned to death by his own people 'cause he represented the agenda of white Spaniards once he was captured, not the Aztec people who would become Mexicans.

So in conclusion, I'm not gonna vote for anybody just 'cause they black or Latino they have to truly represent the community and represent what's good for all of us proletariat.

Porque sino entonces te mando por el carajo cabron gusano hijo de puta, seramos libre pronto, viva la revolucion, VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

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........................ | Reviewer: Nimzay | 8/21/13

I will never forget the day I first heard this , I wanted to cry . I'm not an emotional person , but it just made me realize that all my hopes and dreams were totally in the wrong direction.

Tenx to this man | Reviewer: Yacham de Dayatch | 6/19/13

Immortal Technique rap senses all de way i love him he speaks like Victor Alba in a book call ''The Mexicans''

truth | Reviewer: c.b.s.k | 1/11/13

for the past few years i been trying to out of this cage. I've stumbled accross dance with the devil and thn I found a few more tracks and i love this guy. He speak what narrow minded ears don't want to listen. when I speak about this people look as if I'm crazy. yeah this what I wanted to say is "fight the system impossible is every mission" because you're are part of the system. unsurity kick in wen you start questioning what's real and what's not.

There is usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation, but compromising yourself in a situation is another story | Reviewer: quincy rogers | 1/10/13

we need to stay real, nuff respect for these man very interligent and inspirational four years back when i started listening to his music i opened my eyes and started to realise that the trueth needs to be said out no matter what challenges u will go thruogh just fucken speak the trueth die for the trueth i cant live a lie and i never will,im his biggest fan and i achived most of my shit through his music inspiration special thanks to IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE,from BOTSWANA, AFRICA, Q ROGERS.

I agree with every word. | Reviewer: Ms. Machado | 3/7/12

I wish that this would be the voice that every American would listen to instead of the brain-numbing nonsense all over the television and in the media. I hope that people hear this message before it's too late. Every revolution has been brought on by abuse...abuse by a system of the people. This needs to change in the United States.
Some people just don't realize that to be American has nothing to do with your race, religion, or beliefs. It has to do with the founding ideals of freedom and opportunity...quickly becoming a thing of the past. Questioning the government and its authority is the only truly American thing to do.
"Every man needs a little luck, and a little government. But only a fool would rely on either." -unknown.

Great words! | Reviewer: Alberta | 9/6/11

This guy is on point in everything he has said. Western culture sucks. The U.S. Government is the biggest terrorist on the planet. Oppressive European states and its satellite countries like America have been at the helm of most of the world's problems.

Some of you have pointed out his use of foul language. A curse word is a word spoken in the act of placing a hex upon someone. Stop worrying about his use of foul language. You're focused on the wrong thing. Some of you sound like racists, too.

"Nuclear war, environmental pollution, resource rape... all are primary threats to our survival and all are the result of peculiarly Caucasoid behaviour, Caucasoid values, Caucasoid psychology" -- Michael Bradley (The Iceman Inheritance).

come on now | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/19/11

who cares if he used a few foul words here and there, hes trying to show his anger and emotion of how he feels about the topic of this song.. im sure you havent livedyour entire life without saying one curse word or two

Truth spoken Vs imbeciles | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/19/11

Some of you are just to sensitive last time I check this man had his 1st amendment rights so you sensitive ass people can fuck off and listen to your commercialized bullshit music that's why this country is stupid because of imbeciles like you who support garbage.
Can't handle the truth?? Just shoot yourself and die you useless eaters enough said !
One love

to anonymous 4/4/11 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/11

why do you have to critisize him for trying to make a difference? he only does it through rap so that stupid people can open up their eyes and so that people actually get the message. Otherwise, so many people would remain clueless because theyre too lazy to find this out by themselves. OWNED

Too Bad.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/4/11

If this guy is so amazing and such a genius, it seems there would be better ways to express himself than using foul language and rap. When did it become okay speak disrespectfully or go down to a certain level to make such a solid point?

My thoughts ...his words | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/23/11

I an blown away by this mans truthfulness and intellegence. Immortal Technique is a true inspirational leader. He is a voice for our people. I work with at-risk youth everyday who feel that educated latinos are sell-outs and so-called traders "white."...if only they were educated on how our people are not synomymous with poverty. we are so vibrant with our trail of history.

So legit. | Reviewer: Josiah | 11/24/10

Cannot express how amazing this is. Completely explains the ignorance of America. I love the "outside America live lesser people..." A lot of people really don't like hike because of how raw he is but I think part of it is that it is too real for them. "Like a ten year old child with slit wrists, too much reality."

I love this guy | Reviewer: Kayla | 6/11/10

I hated rap my whole life, it just wasnt something I liked to listen to, but I stumbled upon this song, and a few others by Immortal Technique a few days ago and ABSOLUTLY LOVE IT!
This man is a fucking genius and speaks the truth. I love it!

LISTEN! | Reviewer: latino | 5/2/10

i believe this is more than about who is a sell out and who is a "real rapper" i enjoy wayne's music but thats just entertainment... Immortal technique is trying to send a msg, we need to stop agreeing and start acting... if u feel the lyrics then you know its acheivable...

Yep. | Reviewer: Matt | 12/9/09

I *hate* rap.

I love this. And pretty much everything this dude writes. He's an actual badass. It's amazing because there are almost none left in the media. Even the "hardcore" underground music is all just a big sideshow these days.

Intelligence for the win.

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