Listened to this album on repeat pretty much all night in a feverish haze. It had been a good couple of years since I listened to it but has always been a favorite of mine. Political spoken word over top of solid instrumentals? Love it.
The album (and it’s politics) especially hit home for me this time around because at the moment I’m technically in poverty. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it really means to be poor but I know without the support structures around me (family, friends, social assistance, food banks) I would be in no better a position than the people living on the street.
I’ve never been sure what to think about the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and their no-nonsense, direct action approach to fighting poverty. I think, now, I generally agree with what they have to say. Our government simply isn’t serious about helping the poor in Toronto. Even now our Mayor is cutting social services and funding that aid low income families, homeless and those on social assistance supposedly to cut down on wasteful spending (or, in his immortal words, to stop the “gravy train”) while simultaneously putting forward a proposal to build a mall and a ferris wheel on our waterfront.
Do business interests always have to supersede human interests? That is a legitimate question.
I’m still trying to work these things out in my head. I’m still feeling deliriously feverish. But, on the point of giving the people of Toronto (or anywhere for that matter) the basic necessities of life? By any means necessary.