because anarchy is a conservative ideal

this has very little to do with the rest of the article, but it’s so damned amusing i decided to excerpt it anyway:

I was flipping through Sirius XM radio a couple of days ago when I stumbled across the America Right or “Patriot Radio” channel. The show that happened to be on at the time was something called The Wilkow Majority (I’ll give you a minute to shake your head at the right’s ongoing and obligatory need to cast itself in the most muscular terms possible) hosted by a guy named Andrew Wilkow. What separates Wilkow from the rest of the crazy-come-latlies out there in conservative radioland is his belief that he’s, well, a punk. 

Both Wilkow and his producer, an at one time faux-hawk-sporting kid named Nick Rizzuto, have gotten it through their heads that they’re the personification of the right’s new school — and that the new school they represent also happens to be the logical next step in the evolution of punk. They’ve even started a website called “Conservative Punk.” If this sounds fucking laughable, believe me — it is. Do yourself a favor and don’t think too hard about trying to fit the square peg of punk rock culture into the round hole of unabashed capitalism and conservatism; I tried for awhile and it only made my head hurt. Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins are turning over in their graves at this ridiculous conceit and they’re not even dead yet. You almost have to give credit to the right’s lack of shame when it comes to attempting to co-opt some of the better trends of the left while forcibly trading off its own misdeeds, clumsily trying to shove them under the banner of its enemy and hoping that no one notices how full of shit the whole notion is (Hitler was a leftist, racism is a liberal ideal, etc.). 

the rest of the article i find somewhat troubling, but i haven’t totally wrapped my mind around it yet. i may post on it later.

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1 comment
  1. fauxpopuli said:

    I remember an attempt to do something like this as a counterweight to the Rock Against Bush tour in 2004. The best they could do was to grab an individual member of a band here and there to blog for their website: lead singer of Screeching Weasel, the first scab singer from the Misfits, etc. Rock Against Bush meanwhile was sporting fully-staffed bands. And, yknow, a Tour…

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