War is in the street and it's an eye for an eye

from Janelle Monae (Ft. Saul Williams) – Dance or Die Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Monáe’s reference to Hammurabi’s Code.

http://www.ushistory.org/civ/4c.asp

This isn’t the first instance of a future society resembling an ancient one. See Orwell’s 1984 and Lowry’s The Giver.

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