sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

September 27, 2013

Who’s Afraid of Johnny Rotten?

Filed under: politics — edge of the sandbox @ 1:52 pm

There are days when I wish my significant other would guest post, but since he’s unwilling, I’ll try to do my best.

Senior Senator from Nevada once went to a university where he learned about anarchy:

Hey, Harry, did you know that anarchists are your friends?  Your friends from the EU put them on the government payroll a long, long time ago, and President ‘Bamster is attempting to do the same in this country.

Before he embarked on the parenting adventure, my husband was in bands.  He played shows all over the US, and toured Europe a few times.  In the US, they played at bars and warehouses.  Playing music was easy.  Step one: get a job.  Step two: buy instruments and rent a practice space.  Step three: hook up with two other bands and play.  This is how Punk rock started, by the way, American kids hanging out together, strumming their guitars in a garage or trying to make a living on the Lower East Side.

In Europe, they toured clubs and squats, and if more than two bands performed on the same night, the event was called a “festival”.  Squats (invariably adorned with “A” for Anarchy and/or “N” for Nihilism graffiti) boasted sophisticated sound equipment and lighting systems that the inhabitants weren’t trained to use and bizarre items like disco balls that weren’t procured in lieu of ironic statements.  When my husband and his friends asked about these toys, Euro punks replied: “The government buys it for us.  Doesn’t your government buy you stuff?”

In the US, the band bought and drove their own van.  In Europe, their promoter gave them a driver.  The driver was a very nice young man, neither a punk nor an anarchist, but jobless and on an internship paid for by the German government placed with the promoter by a government agency.  They stayed in squats of murky legal status.  When several years later the government tried to evict the squat where they stayed in Berlin, ensuring riots made international headlines.

Euro anarchists have no lofty goals, and are easily bought off by their rulers.  The chronically unemployed American youth is ripe for picking, too.  Punk is one of the many styles from which high school students across Europe, Asia and the Americas (Australia, too) pick and chose for self-expression.  The circled A is a prominent detail of the aesthetic.

Check out The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain going for street cred with “Anarchy in The UK”:

The Tea Party, on the other hand, self-rule and all that stuff — that’s something to leave your average senatorial grampa petrified.

See also: Government Dogs.



  1. That’s the secret to the rule of the Democratic party:

    Get ’em dependent on government.

    It’s been working since the days of Andrew Jackson.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — October 3, 2013 @ 10:47 am

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