Posted tagged ‘Propagandi’

Top 5 songs to play for someone attending a white pride rally

2012/03/23

I’ve never met a white supremacist, or at least a vocal one, but I’ve often thought about what I’d say to them if I did. I figured maybe – as a favor of one Caucasian to another – I could help debunk all their racists myths. You know, show them the holes in the articulate arguments used to support their hatred, such as the profound statement: “deyy toooke arrrrr jeeeeeeeebbbbs!”

And we ain't talkin' about Steve here.

Yep, getting into a socio-economic-political-and-other-hyphenated-words discussion was one option, but I have friends that have tried that and had their lives threatened, so I thought I’d maybe go with a more indirect approach. You know, just play them some songs and let them think about stuff for themselves.

So, if you are trying to get through to someone that is down on their luck, maybe blaming personal misfortune on others, directing their potential towards bad instead of good, or just a racist jerk – this might help. And if you live in Edmonton, now might be a good time to do this since there is a white pride rally planned for this Saturday.

These songs can be played in any order, but I’ve strategically arranged them for maximum impact:

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Punk as Political

2010/03/08

As mentioned already in the post what the heck do we even call it?  there is a considerable amount of danger in applying labels to music scenes and the bands involved with them. Another serious danger, on par with walking through a minefield that also happens to be in an avalanche area, is defining the terms being used to characterize the scene, or the movement.*

A term that always comes up when discussing punk is “political.” Some define political, or politics, as actively taking part in the political process – voting, running for office, and the like – the argument is that if you go outside that definition, then everything could be defined as a political action, from watching television to walking down the street.

Now many people, myself included, consider punk to be very political. BUT it was usually outside the normal political channels.  There are some examples when people involved in the punk scene became active participants in the political process – Jello Biafra running for mayor of San Francisco for instance – but mainly you didn’t see punk governors or punk prime ministers (sadly).

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