Libertarian Rock

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And don’t forget the Ayn-Rand influenced Canadian rock trio Rush (Steve Horwitz’s Rush page). E.g., check out the fantastic lyrics to the Tolkienesque-libertarian The Trees, a clever anti-egalitarian metaphor (and great song), along the lines of Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron:

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw
Also, the concept-album 2112 is loosely based on Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem, replacing lightbulb with guitar; and the song Anthem is explicitly individualist. The wonderful Red Barchetta, from their best album, Moving Pictures, glorifies the liberating freedom of the automobile, against a backgrop of a future dystopia where cars have been outlawed. (And I can’t help but link to the beautiful lyrics of Losing It, though it has little to do with libertarianism.)

(More Rush lyrics.)

5:11 pm on September 29, 2003