TO THE FUTURE!

We’ll glean some idea of what futurists and musicians predict in relation to environmentalism, race, science, the cyber war, protest movements, politicians and even sexy space lounging as we attach either our stylin’ headphones and/or augmented reality time goggles, and dream of tomorrow!

All that and robot dinosaurs, on this week’s Stranger in a Strange Land!

PLAYLIST
In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Terramix) – terraon
I, Robot – Alan Parsons Project
Future M B End-Gem – Shiva Chandra
Future Legend/Space Oddity – David Bowie
Forecast Fascist Future – Of Montreal
Here & Now – RjD2
Future Shock – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
I Can See The Future (Ski’s Main Mix) – Incognito
Dark Future – Cyrus (Random Trio)
tomorrow comes today – Gorillaz
The Future, Wouldn’t That Be Nice? – The Books
Tomorrow Never Knows – Daniel Johnston
Strange – Built to Spill
Tomorrow – Thievery Corporation
Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now) – The Flaming Lips
In a Future Age – Wilco
Cyborg Control – Man Or Astroman
Someday – The Joe Beats Conspiracy
Bionic Kahaan – DJ Shadow Djmedjyou
We Are the Future – Non Phixion
Voyager – Zombectro
A Better Tomorrow – Automator
Post-Apocalyptic Rap Blues – Busdriver
Future – Sun Ra
In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
The Future Belongs To The Children – Gandalf The Grey
Tomorrow’s Gonna Be A Brighter – Jim Croce
In A Spaceage Mood – JG Thirlwell
Tales of the Future – Vangelis

Stranger in a Strange Land 2012-02-24: TO THE FUTURE! by The Stranger on Mixcloud

A bunch of rich white males just decide every day a bunch of things for the rest of us.

These reactionary right-wing corporatist dudes want to fight against the future, but who will save it? Does it even need saving? Already the future is happening all around us! Synthetic organs and bones being printed, and the first robot-human handshake has occurred in space! Futurists have predicted this, technology nuts have written on the subject, dark prophecies have been foretold, time travelers have secretly brought us back information, and social protest movements are coordinating and organizing with the speed of free electrons!

The Old World Order has been consistently on the wrong side of history in regards to immigration and discrimination, the devious threats of economic inequity, rising food costs, basic services, civil liberties, civil rights, constitutionality and privacy. Zealots with myopic bigotry (and a tendency to project) finding any excuse to marginalize or persecute gays, muslims, minorities, the poor, and women, even fighting to ban contraception based on their own ridiculously specific religious viewpoints. Technologically and scientifically, the archaic policy-makers are dead in the water, feeling victimized in the wake of internet protest because they’d rather see things go back to the way they used to, or else use those systems against their “lessers” instead. Shrugging the very real field of climate science with very real conspiracy and very false rhetoric while exhausting our fossil fuels in an intense refusal to change with the times, entitling themselves to their own set of facts on evolution and science, revisioning American history with Orwellian language and Fox News, they want to go back to the days of feudal Lords keeping worker serfs, or perhaps even the days of slavery (with the rise of the private prison system and the return of debtor’s prisons). It is a tiered system protecting those at the top, the politicians, the military, the media, the rich, and mostly the super-rich defining the ‘status quo’.

But things are changing… as the future inevitably holds a collision course with entropy.

Because though there are those who would try to own the present, the future belongs to all of us, this diverse range of genetic variance and political ideology, hurtling through space and time at a rate of sixty seconds per minute.

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

Thinking about tomorrow, but of course it isn’t tomorrow if you haven’t slept yet…

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