In “> Blog Archive >> Bruce Springsteen: One-Hundred Percent Republican” href=”http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/esayet/2009/01/09/bruce-springsteen-one-hundred-percent-republican/”>Bruce Springsteen: One-Hundred Percent Republican” over at “Big Hollywood”, Evan Sayet believes that the Boss may be suffering from a case of false consciousness:
The “culture war” that we hear so much about is, to borrow Thomas Sowell’s phrase, a “conflict of visions.” Visions, Sowell explains, go deeper than mere policy – in fact they are the font of where we stand on the issues – and they are founded on some of the most basic and fundamental beliefs the individual holds about the nature of man and, in turn, the role and purpose of government, family, religion and all other influential forces that society has evolved. Sowell called the conflicting visions the “Constrained” and the “Unconstrained” and offered Jean Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith as primary examples of the visions in conflict. More contemporary examples are John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen, the former holding the “unconstrained” vision (which I call here the Neo-Liberal view), the latter the “constrained,” or, in my term, Conservative take. Just to be clear, yes, I’m saying that, while Springsteen the multimillionaire, rock star with the mansion in Beverly Hills may be a Liberal, Bruce Springsteen the poet is one-hundred percent Republican.
I’m not sure if I agree with that–though I’d be willing to say that Bruce is a reactionary, but not a Republican.
One of the reasons why the working class heroes and heroines that populate Bruce’s albums never seem to transcend their problems is that they can’t transcend their environment. To do so, some would have to leave their jobs in the factories, assembly lines and garages where all of Springsteen’s characters seems to work and–gasp–put on a tie. Maybe even trade-in the ’69 Chevy for an SUV or minivan. And take some responsibility for their situation, rather than decrying dark, unseen forces just offscreen. And singing about that is nowhere near as dramatic as the sturm und drang of Springsteen’s shtick.
Instead, the post Springsteen of the Born To Run album and beyond, the Springsteen who became a mouthpiece for the politics of Jon Landau, his manager, is just as nihilistic as the John Lennon of “Imagine”, except his characters have really do have “no possessions”–unlike Lennon’s eight-figure net worth. But on the plus side, the E Street Band sure sounds a lot better, lacking both Plastic and Ono.