Working-class poor: better keep your alarm set

from Yasiin Bey – Mathematics Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

If the nation’s oppressed are going to take collective (perhaps even revolutionary) action, it will have to be on their own initiative; the national security/entertainment apparatus is going to work hard to keep them scared and distracted.

The line recalls Stephen Dedadlus' quip in Ulysses that “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

Please, wake up
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