The Illusions of Progress

The Illusions of Progress

A Poem by The They
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Not left vs. Right, but hate vs love

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Those who think they hold us to heel
When they bask in the light of our hallucination
Think control will keep at bay what’s real
By manipulating parties, media and nation.

But illusion has captured them as well.
Decades passed and truth repressed
Leave them under the deceiving spell
Of fleeting power with no regress

We know that truth has no party here
Where success finds only the greedy few
Perpetuating facades and grinding gears
Which cause such pain and crush the new

But the power lies in the peoples’ hands
Which build the pedestals from which greed falls
And demand control throughout the lands
In hopes their pride will conquer all

In our hopeless desire for personal glory
We ignore the love we owe each other
And leave the selfish to write our story
Forgetting each man is our brother

This freedom that we feel together
Manifests itself between us now
If we heed its virtuous call to weather
The trials our fate can’t disavow:

Cast off illusion from your mind!
Cast off your party: left and right
More powerful than a memory’s bind
Is present freedom’s eternal light

Destiny makes this our cause
Against loves’ division by selfish hate
So we can walk as one: free of laws
And live together without the state

© 2011 The They


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I fail to understand the reasoning behind left vs right and why there are political parties as well. Excuse my french, but it seems like every party in some way has managed to f**k us over big time. Only in a perfect world, a world without politics like this. Awesome write.

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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When it comes to political parties there are the wolves, and wolves in sheep's clothing. I may be too old and cynical to do justice to your inspiring rhetoric, but it seems a sincere cry for harmony, and that's something we always seem to be lacking.

Posted 9 Years Ago


Not anarchy, no. Just honesty and good faith. A utopian vision.

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Well-spoken.
RON PAUL 2012.

Posted 9 Years Ago


I wouldn't call myself an anarchist... and certainly not a marxist.

Posted 9 Years Ago


It's an anarchist cry, that's for sure. It's a fair indictment of the current system, but the solution doesn't sit well with me.

Poetry-wise, it reminds me of myself in places, which may be why the incongruities with my own beliefs are more jarring.

I find it odd that you couch an anarchist message in Marxist rhetoric. The structured nature of Marxism - and the structured nature of your verse - fly in the face of anarchy. The contradiction intrigues me...

Posted 9 Years Ago


I fail to understand the reasoning behind left vs right and why there are political parties as well. Excuse my french, but it seems like every party in some way has managed to f**k us over big time. Only in a perfect world, a world without politics like this. Awesome write.

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Tags: love, freedom, slavery, anarchy, libertarianism, politics, fascism, communism, totalitarianism, nazism, hate, fear, isolation, sadness, hopelessness

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The They
The They

Cambridge, MA



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