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- Posted on Oct 3rd 2012 11:45AM by Jason MacNeil
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According to the New Statesman, the letter was in response to comments Bellamy made in an Sept. 30 article in The Observer where he said, "In the US the conspiracy theory subculture has been hijacked by the right to try and take down people like Obama and put forward right-wing libertarianism." He added he was a "left-leaning libertarian -- more in the realm of Noam Chomsky."
In Beck's letter he says Bellamy's criticisms won't dampen his enthusiasm for the band.
"As uncomfortable as it might be for you, I will still play your songs loudly," Beck said in the "Dear Matthew" letter. "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?"
The lengthy letter then has Beck stating both he and Bellamy share some common ground.
"It's a place where guys who cling to their religion, rights, and guns, connect with godless, clinched-fist-tattoo, guys," Beck writes. "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."
Beck then goes on to explain how America "does not rely on leaders -- we rely on the individual" and that "man left alone is good" before stating that's "a primary reason I disagree with Chomsky and others that you've touted." The pundit then discusses American Libertarians, America's founding, George Washington, Robespierre and even The Tea Party (the political group, not the Canadian rock group).
"The power that American Libertarians like me want to pull down is power that limits the individuals right to roam and create," Beck writes. "Matthew, 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. I wish I could leave well enough alone and just be quiet... but I've had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am and missed the opportunity to be a better man. Good luck on the new record. Glenn."
In 2010, Muse drummer Dom Howard said the group was quite confused at Beck's endorsement of their 2009 album The Resistance.
"I think he genuinely liked the band, liked the music and was playing it on his show," Howard said in a 2010 Spinner interview. "In all honesty, none of use really knew too much about him other than him being a bit of a crazy right-winger. He just made up this whole thing and turned it into a bit of a big deal saying we don't want him to play our music on his show, but it wasn't really true."
Muse, who just released their new studio album The 2nd Law, will mount a European tour in mid-October starting in Montpellier, France and concluding Dec. 19. The British group have a brief Japanese trek slated for January also.
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