• 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