Swedish electropunk artist REIN calls into question whether the Western world is really living in actual democracies in her powerful new video.
Sweden's REIN (known in "real" life as Joanna Reinikainen) worries a lot about society's largest problems, including the return of fascism in the Western world, the continual denigration of women's rights, and income inequality. We should all be worried about these issues and REIN brings them front and center in her righteous brand of electropunk. REIN's latest single is "Democracy" and it's a banger that hits the nail right on the head, calling out those billionaire business figures that control 85% of the world's wealth. Accompanied by footage of protests from around the world, the video for "Democracy" is powerful and moving as REIN questions whether those of us in so-called First World democracies are actually experiencing anything like real democracy.
REIN tells PopMatters, "I talk about exclusion, feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism and I want to raise important questions like, are we really living in what they say is a democracy? These are big, contemporary subjects in a time when history is repeating itself."
"Democracy" will appear on REIN's upcoming FREEDOOM EP. "I just had enough after the US elections, the rise of the right-wing movement in Europe, the Syrian War, and Brexit. Why not be open to new solutions? Why not abolish the entire system instead of going backward? I think that it is important to at least start the debate," says REIN.