Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Alas, Babylon


Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
--Revelation, 18:1

Fallen: the stock markets, the housing market, the credit market;

Fallen: the Almighty Dollar;

Fallen: the dream of perpetual growth;

Fallen: the endless frivolity of shopping and mindless entertainment;

Fallen: the hysterical projected lies shrieked by blood-sated fascist ideologues;

Fallen: the infinity of suburban sprawl and perpetual happy motoring.

Babylon has fallen. Moloch has fallen.

Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies!
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Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows! Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs!

--Alan Ginsberg
"Howl" Part II

3 comments:

Sator Arepo said...

Fallen fallen fallen
Is Babylon the great
Space is getting bounded
Time is getting late...

--Aphrodite's Child, 666

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

Sator, is that an opera?

I would very much like to see the libretto.

DB

Sator Arepo said...

Early 70s Greek prog-rock band album based on the book of revalations.

Close, though.

Cool *and* obscure! Check it out if you can find it.