I found Lee Perry through a Kickstarter campaign. I like his provoking lyrics on americanism and the video suggesting mainly cultural imperalism. But in my opinion this topic goes far beyond only these aspects as american culture and ideology is in denial of reallity. Just think about the strong lobbism and the weak democracy, the claim on human rights while applying torture in Guantanamo Bay, the claim of free speech whilst having huge media conglomerates and most of all the harsh inequalities in wealth distribution. Specially the resulting lack of affordable education is stopping critical thinking leaving behind education as a commodity of the corporate market and the notion of empowered individuals as naive fantasies from the enlightment. A critical mindsets and access to information is a necesary ingredient for informed decisions in a democratic soceity.
Another thing is this weird and extreme belief in the „free market“. This „ideology“ (some call it neo liberalism) has brainwashed the citizens to the degree that americans don’t grasp the concept of social market economy anymore. People without teeth, suffering or poor are in denial of concepts like public healthcare and minimum wage. Lee Perry is right: The american dream is „dead“ as nobody actually can get rich working hard and honest (therefor in regular jobs). It is an illusion held up by the ones already in power and wealth and it works so good as the few momentarily „nouveau riche“ or influenceal poeple, that won the lottery of chance, reinforce the illusion by (in)voluntarily exposing their extraordinary stories.
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that "all men are created equal" with the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Also, the U.S. Constitution promotes similar freedom, in the Preamble: to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".
The American Dream has been questioned by researchers and political spokespeople, arguing that it is a misplaced belief that contradicts reality in the present-day United States.
Definition from Wikipedia – American Dream
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Lee "Scratch" Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry; 20 March 1936 or 28 March 1936) is a Jamaican record producer and singer noted for his innovative studio techniques and production style. Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, Ari Up, the Clash, the Orb, and many others.
Definition from Wikipedia – Lee "Scratch" Perry