From Foreign Affairs:
The Venezuelan state has mostly given up on providing public services such as health care, education, and even policing; heavy-handed, repressive violence is the final thing left that Venezuelans can rely on the public sector to consistently deliver. In the face of mass protests in 2014 and 2017, the government responded with thousands of arrests, brutal beatings and torture, and the killing of over 130 protesters.
From The Public Discourse:
Rumors of God’s death may have been greatly exaggerated, but the prevalence of a materialistic philosophy that cannot give an adequate account of human freedom and moral responsibility has put in jeopardy many of the core ideas at the base of our civilization. Without metaphysics we are left simply with physics, and physics is about power, leverage, and force.
You get rich off of dope if you let them tell it
Get a scale and a bowl, weigh it up and sell it
They got rich off of kush if you let them tell it
But it's two sides to the game and they ain't gon tell it
From Robert P. George:
When people forget God, when they come to suppose that they don’t need Him or His grace and guidance, when they fall into the hubristic error of imagining that they are too smart and sophisticated to believe in Him, a catastrophe always ensues.
"I told them I am not for sale I won’t promote evil / They told me I can give you murder, but no Jesus / These devils in the game are hand picking your leaders / That’s why you get a hundred dope boys and no preachers."
“Game full of lies so they hating on my honesty / But Imma tell the truth till they body me.” – (Bizzle, King)
Record execs make a killin’
“Yeah we could pay you in millions”
Cash to the ceiling, don't trust your conviction or feelin’
You’ll be just misleading some children
Their parents will blame you
You communicate what you've been through
They don’t understand you're a black dude
And one that does rap too
They just complain and they hassle
They would do it too if they had to
The maker, the author, the cream of the planet Earth
Father of civilization and daughter of the universe
Cause war like the grandson of Kush
I’m hanging devils’ heads on a evergreen bush
Yakub, maker and creator of the devil. Swine merchant... your time is near at hand. F--- with me and your time will be now. Your presence here effects the mind of my people like a fever. You, Yakub, are the bearer of nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine diseases, evil, corrupt, porkchop-eatin’ brain!
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