Moby may be best known as a musician -- his latest album 'Innocents' came out this week -- but he's nearly as famous (or infamous) for his left-wing politics. He's long been an outspoken vegan and animal rights activist and at one point even briefly became embroiled in national politics for revealing that John McCain hated George Bush (a fact he learned from a music industry friend who also happened to be McCain's daughter). Moby has continued sharing his political views via blogs, tweets and interviews throughout the past decade.

(Note: We conducted this interview prior to the government shutdown, but Moby's political perspective is reinforced by the current crisis.)

Though Moby's raised money for Bradley Manning's legal defense (and refrained from commenting on the more complex Edward Snowden issue) he remains a strong supporter of U.S. President Obama.

"I remember being 17 years old watching MTV with my friends and all my punk rock friends would give the finger to the screen. At some point I realized the TV isn't listening to you. If you want to effect change, figure out how to strategically advance your agenda. And a lot of times that involves compromise and it involves compromise that might not make sense in the short term or that it might end up being really just compromise. Obama has made a lot of mistakes, but I do think ultimately he's very strategically trying to advance a progressive agenda within the framework of the power structure of the United States. I don't agree with everything he does, but I don't think he's done anything too egregious; a lot of the policies he's criticized for were actually started before he was president," says Moby.

"I think he could be doing things better, of course, everyone does, but I'm not gonna criticize it. I have some friends who are hardcore lefties who loathe Obama and I was like, 'Really? Really? You want the alternative?'"

While Moby doesn't give Obama's presidency anything higher than 'a solid B,' he gives George W Bush's presidency a D-minus and as for the Tea Party wing of the Republican party, well, he says they are "batshit-fucking-racist-atavistic-crazy."

Interview continues after slideshow

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  • Most Offensive Tea Party Signs

    Photo courtesy of Jesse Russell in Madison, WI.

  • Most Offensive Tea Party Signs

    "The American Taxpayers Are The Jews For Obama's Oven" reads one sign in Chicago--Tony Ramao.

  • Most Offensive Tea Party Signs

    "Our Tax $ Given To Hamas To Kill Christians, Jews and Americans, Thanks Mr. O"--photo by Richard Terk in Sacramento, California.

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    One stream-of-thought poster reads, "No Taxes. Obama Loves Taxes. Bankrupt USA. Loves Baby Killing"--photo by Mary Wood.

  • Most Offensive Tea Party Signs

    "Barack Hussein Obama The New face Of Hitler"-- T. Romao, Chicago.

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    Edward Favara sent in this photo from Tampa, FL. A black figure that resembles President Obama is portrayed slitting the throat of Uncle Sam.

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    Photo by Eric Aguirre in Bryan, TX.

  • Most Offensive Tea Party Signs

    A car size sign blames Presidents Obama, Clinton and W. Bush for abortion, sodomy, socialism, and the so-called New Word Order--photo taken in Columbia, SC by W. Salter.

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    Photo by Bernard J. Schober in Phoenix, AZ.

Moby believes the Tea Party movement is a reaction to the "browning or beiging" of the human species.

"Everyone's going to be mixed race -- it's inevitable and great. Lots of people resist that, it's sort of what explains the rise in religious fundamentalism -- it's basically people confronted with a future that doesn't look like the idealized path they imagined and they are terrified about it," he says.

"That's the Tea Party, that's religious fundamentalism. It's this old, scared way of responding to the future. And so you have like, old white people in the south who see an influx of Southeast Asians, Latinos, Europeans, South Americans, and simply they're scared. I think most humans have a hard time expressing that we're scared and instead we get angry. And then people try to justify their anger with trumped-up, Fox News-style statistics. So that's what's going on in the States. It's a lot of insecure, scared people whose fear is manifested as horrifying anger and racism."

But despite all this, Moby remains optimistic about America's future.

"We look back to the early 1960s, when there were separate drinking fountains and African-Americans had to sit in the back of the bus, and that seems ancient to us. We have a black president. So some of these bumps, they're just being paved over," he says. "But the bumps fight back."

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  • '2nd Amendment Remedies'

    During Nevada's 2010 Senate election, an <a href="" target="_hplink">audio clip</a> surfaced of Sharron Angle <a href="" target="_hplink">raising</a> "Second Amendment remedies" as a viable solution to take when "government becomes out of control." The Tea Party-backed hopeful ultimately proved unsuccessful in her campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

  • 'I Do Not Wear High Heels'

    Ken Buck, a Tea Party-backed contender who ultimately fell short in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado, made headlines in 2010 when he <a href="" target="_hplink">quipped</a> that people should vote for him "because I do not wear high heels."

  • 'I Am Not A Witch'

    Christine O'Donnell <a href="" target="_hplink">captured headlines</a> in 2010 with a now-infamous campaign ad in which she tells voters, "I'm not a witch." She says, "I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you." O'Donnell was defeated in her campaign for Senate in Delaware by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons.

  • Scientists For Creationism?

    Rep. Michele Bachmann <a href="" target="_hplink">said</a> in October of 2006, "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design."

  • Democrats = Communists?

    HuffPost's Jen Bendery <a href="" target="_hplink">reported</a> in April of this year: <blockquote>As many as 80 House Democrats are communists, according to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). West warned constituents at a Tuesday town hall event that he's "heard" that dozens of his Democratic colleagues in the House are members of the Communist Party, the <em>Palm Beach Post</em> <a href="" target="_hplink">reported</a>. There are currently 190 House Democrats. West spokeswoman Angela Melvin later defended West's comments -- and clarified to whom West was referring. "The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren't proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom," Melvin said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

  • Welfare Prison Dorms?

    The AP <a href="" target="_hplink">reported</a> in August of 2010 on then-New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino: <blockquote>Throughout his campaign, Paladino has criticized New York's rich menu of social service benefits, which he says encourages [undocumented] immigrants and needy people to live in the state. He has promised a 20 percent reduction in the state budget and a 10 percent income tax cut if elected. Asked at the meeting how he would achieve those savings, Paladino laid out several plans that included converting underused state prisons into centers that would house welfare recipients. There, they would do work for the state - "military service, in some cases park service, in other cases public works service," he said - while prison guards would be retrained to work as counselors. "Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we'll teach people how to earn their check. We'll teach them personal hygiene ... the personal things they don't get when they come from dysfunctional homes," Paladino said. ... Paladino told The Associated Press the dormitory living would be voluntary, not mandatory, and would give welfare recipients an opportunity to take public, state-sponsored jobs far from home. "These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of cities," Paladino he said. He also defended his hygiene remarks, saying he had trained inner-city troops in the Army and knows their needs. "You have to teach them basic things - taking care of themselves, physical fitness. In their dysfunctional environment, they never learned these things," he said.</blockquote>