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Far-right conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck took to his blog this week to pen a response to Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy, who berated Beck and others like him in last weekend's Observer for using the band's music to "try to take down people like Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism." In his lengthy letter, addressed directly to Bellamy, Beck begins by saying, "As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly. To me your songs are anthems that beg for choruses of unity and pose the fundamental question facing the world today -- can man rule himself?"
Beck continues that he doesn't think he and Bellamy are too far apart in their thinking, saying, "In the Venn Diagram of American politics . . . there's a place where you and I meet. It's a place where guys who cling to their religion, rights, and guns, connect with godless, clinched-fist-tattoo, guys."
Beck then gets into a diatribe on the differences between U.S. and European politics, adding, "Throughout history, leaders have used music to lull young people into a sense of security and euphoria. They've used artists to create the illusion that they can run a country that keeps all the good and wipes out all the bad . . . the youth rises up, power structures crumble, and worse leaders are inserted."
He concludes, "I realize that converts are pretty hard to come by when the stakes are so high and the spotlight so bright, but I thank you for singing words that resonate with man in his struggle to be free. Good luck on the new record."
Muse's sixth album, The 2nd Law, came out on Tuesday (October 2nd).
Although Bellamy has dabbled in conspiracy-themed lyrics in the past, bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us that The 2nd Law has a different theme: "The whole concept of the 2nd law comes from the laws of thermodynamics. You know, the 2nd law of thermodynamics talks about how, within a isolated energy system, how energy is slowly decreasing, you know, and we'll eventually reach zero and everything will just be in disorder and chaos. You know, you can relate that to so many things -- you could relate it to your human body; you can relate it the planet; you can relate it to the financial crisis, you know, and that was obviously something that's been going on and everyone's been very aware of whilst we were making this album."
The 2nd Law includes the single "Madness," the 2012 Olympic theme "Survival," and the dubstep-influenced title track. The 13-song album is the follow-up to 2009's The Resistance.