Thaddeus Russell exposes the anti-market and pro-fascism elements in a few hit songs. Reason first explains the massive improvement in the lives of the poorest Americans, thanks to consumerism:
By the end of the 19th century, the material conditions of the poor were radically transformed. Most bought their clothing from stores and most owned clothes whose sole function was to make them attractive. They ate food that had come from all over the country. They drank cold beer and ate ice cream. In cities they shopped at department stores. In the country they purchased goods via catalogs and mail order. They read dime novels whose sole purpose was to provide them with fun. They attended amusement parks, movie theaters, and vaudeville shows. They went dancing. They rode on trains. Most importantly, when the poor acquired these new pleasures, they usually did so with no apparent shame.
During this revolution, self-appointed champions of the poor admonished their charges for indulging in what liberals today derisively refer to as “consumerism.”
Russell goes on to use both Macklemore’s Thrift Shop and Lorde’s Royals as examples of this hatred of consumerism, hatred of luxury for the poor. Reason points out that Lorde exhibits the left’s fantasy for power over other people:
Smarter and deeper than the hedonistic masses is indeed what liberal critics of the poor have always believed themselves to be. Perhaps this is why, as Lorde puts it, “We crave a different kind of buzz.” She sings, “Let me be your ruler. You can call me Queen Bee….Let me live that fantasy.”
Also good from Reason is their critique of Rage Against the Machine.
See also, this brilliant parody of Thrift Shop: