The Powers that Be. In Sociology we call the PTB the bourgeoisie. I think that’s an ugly word with lots of negative baggage, so I just prefer to just refer to them (as I do in my Rocket Science Guide to Money and the Economy) as the Family.My creative commons book, the Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy: Accumulation and Debt (free DL ), is a gentle introduction to the Capitalist Regime of Accumulation (otherwise known as (o.t.a) The System), and the people behind it. The book calls for global transformation, and is conciliatory and welcoming in tone; but really, the pain and suffering that lies behind it is of Olympian proportion.  As anybody who is “woke” will understand, a fundamental global r/evolution is required.

So what does this have to do with Michael Jackson? Well, most people are unaware of this, because they were distracted by concerted assaults on his integrity and humanity, but the truth is, towards the end of his life, Michael Jackson became increasingly political–and by that I mean revolutionary. He saw what was going on (Earth Song), and he used his powerful artistry not only to “out” the Dangerous PTB and the Dangerous direction they were moving us in, but also to uplift the masses. There was no doubt about it. As evidenced by the remarkable album cover from his remix album Blood on the Dance Floor, his thinking is crystal clear. As Michael says, there is blood on the dance board (the album cover, as you can see, shows Michael dancing on a chessboard). His final words are dramatic. All they are concerned with is Money and he is so tired about it that he could just Scream. When he does, out come the words

Why do you support them, because “they don’t really care about us?”

There are three different video versions of this song. A prison Version, a Brazil version, and another version shot with Philippino prison inmates! You need to see all of them. Consider his song, “They don’t really care about us.” In this song, he points out a very simple fact which is that they (the PTB) don’t really care about us. In this song, Michael dances with the poor, imprisoned, and disenfranchised (there are three different video versions of this song!). Taking “the people” under his wing, he takes direct aim at the System and the Family, pointing out over and over, “they don’t really care about us.” Watch the videos below and see for yourself.

In my view as a sociologist and a mystic, Michael’s song is a clear and powerful call to revolution.  This is especially evident in the  original prison version which to my mind is a dramatic and powerful call to action. I imagine that an artist of his stature suddenly turning, suddenly waking up, calling out the Dangerous system, flipping off the Family, and defiantly calling for global revolution, would have caused more than a night or two of indigestion in the hallways of power. You can draw your own conclusions about the deeper meaning of it all, and what goes into protecting power and privilege on this planet, but one thing is obvious from the song. Michael was woke, and he wasn’t going to shut up and be quiet about all the horrible things that he saw.

 

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody’s gone mad

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kike me
Don’t you black or white me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of being the victim of hate
You’re ripping me off my pride
Oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy…
Set me free

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Trepidation, speculation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Black man, blackmail
Throw your brother in jail

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I’m tired of being the victim of shame
They’re throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can’t believe this is the land from which I came
You know I really do hate to say it
The government don’t wanna see
But if Roosevelt was living
He wouldn’t let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Some things in life they just don’t wanna see
But if Martin Luther was living
He wouldn’t let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Kick me, kike me
Don’t you wrong or right me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
they don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

 

Meet “The Family,” read…

Sociology of the Awoke

Sociology is the quintessential discipline of “awokeness”. You can take my course, Sociology 287, the Sociology of Awokness (a.k.a. Sociology 287: Introduction to Sociology), from Athabasca University.

Written by Michael S.

Michael S. (Dr. S.) is a scientist, sociologist, author, mystic, and mystical poet whose interests are human psychology, human society, spirituality, consciousness, global pedagogy, and global transformation. He’s busy writing about a dozen books all of which are aimed at enlightening the people and transforming the planet in line with the purpose, and for the benefit of, all. Visit his academic profile or his academia.com website, read some of his scholarly papers, view his video Money Moksha, and read his economically enlightening book, Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy.

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