Having it Both Ways

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In the spirit of buying into The System just about as much as I can while archly posturing as being somehow above it, I offer to you Gang of Four’s splendid 1981 funk-bass screed against credit cards, Capital (It Fails Us Now):

This is the story of my struggle.

The moment I was born, I opened my eyes.
I reached out…for my credit card.
Oh no! I left it in my other suit!

Capital, it fails us now.
Comrades, let us seize the time!

On the first day of my life, I opened my eyes.
Guess where? With superstars.
Surrounded by luxury goods.
I need a freezer, I need a hi-fi!

No credit, no goods!
Call my bank…I say…
They say, “We’re bankrupt!”

Capital, it fails us now.
Comrades, let us seize the time!

One day old, and I’m living on credit.
One day old, and I’m living on credit!
One day old, and I’m living on credit.
One day old, and I’m living on credit!

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