New American Century By KMFDM

Hau Ruck

2005 | Electronic

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Fight the power That chokes your speech — Fight the power That makes you bleed — Fight the power That propogates lies — To keep you weak Keep you in line


  • KMFDM (originally Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, loosely translated by the band as "no pity for the majority", where the German words for "pity" and "majority" are swapped, deliberately producing a grammatically incorrect phrase)
  • According to Sascha Konietzko, Hau Ruck was created entirely using analog equipment.
  • The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy.


Luke Tatum

KMFDM is the definition of industrial music for me. This is exactly where I want the genre to begin and end. What's happening here? The price of the relative splendor of the United States. It's a song that only gets more relevant with time, and the picture it paints is a grim one. Our Orwellian super-state tracks everything, but KMFDM beckons us to push back. "Fight the power," friends. The United States government is guilty on all counts.

Sherry Voluntary

Love this song, and that signature industrial sound. It’s all about fighting the power of The State and makes my little anarchist heart go pitter patter. So many good nuggets in this song like, “our panic drives all human herds.” The fear mindset that the political system propagates in order to control the masses, the “herds” that choose to do things like vote for the lesser of two evils, and use the proxy force of The State to bash the other side with. Another great lyric is, “Lack of interest has its price, As we're stripped of all our rights.” This one little phrase says so much. So many people just don’t care what goes on, whether it’s bombing weddings outside the country, or banning straws within the country, as long as they still have their cable tv and fast food. The greatest crisis of America is the heart disease of comfort. Most don’t mind if the US invades, rapes, razes, and pillages all over the world as long as “we don’t have to fight them here.” There is this idea of American exceptionalism that means Americans should be protected at all costs, as long as those costs are paid by people in other countries. The most recent example being the disdain for immigrants whose countries have been destroyed by US intervention and undermining. The law and order crowd says immigrants should come here legally, but doesn’t care one whit how the US broke the laws and undermined order in so many countries of South America that have turned them into “shit holes,” as the always eloquent Trump has said. These same folks often talk about how the US is a “Christian Nation” but have absolutely none of the love of Christ for victims of their real god The State.

Nicky P

I’m a little surprised no one else here mentioned that this song seems to reference the Project For A New American Century, the pre-eminent Neo-Conservative think-tank. Leave it to the German’s to point out the tyranny in our nation. Is the lyric toward the end about not learning from history even more poignant because it comes from the nation that endured the Nazi regime? There are so many topical ideas in here like Real ID that call out by name the injustices that we as Americans have allowed to be perpetrated on ourselves. I especially enjoy where he references “human herds” whose complacency is bought & sold. It lays the blame at our own feet. We allow ourselves to declawed. All in all, who new raising awareness of how the new-conservative movement has ruined life on earth for everyone has never been quite so danceable.

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