In a brutal Rolling Stone editorial, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello calls Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s recent vice presidential pick, the “embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”
The 42-year-old Ryan has touted his Rage fandom in the past, a curious choice given the band’s ferocious advocacy for unions, immigrants and social justice.
Morello is clearly amused and perplexed at how deeply, in his opinion, Ryan has missed the point of his band. “He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage,” Morello wrote.
“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F- the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!”