Anarchist Songs – My Contribution

Political labels are troublesome things. They carry so much baggage, and are not always perfectly descriptive of our ideas of how human society should be.

You know the moment when you’re asked: “What are you?”

Unless you’re a mindless slave to a major political party, you often fumfer and fuss searching for the right political elevator pitch:

  • I’m socially liberal but economically conservative…
  • I vote for whoever pays for my government cheese…
  • I’m kind of an anarchist…

Anarchist SongsSay what? How can someone be kind of an anarchist? But oddly, that’s the exact line I often find myself saying. Depending on who I’m speaking with, I’m a libertarian anarchist, libertarian, anarcho-capitalist, agorist, blah blah…

Anyway, I’m also a musician who strives to put out lovely little anarchist songs to please and perturb my loyal listeners. Below is my most anarchist song – and subversively so  – from my small but growing catalog of libertarian-agorist-capitalist-anarchist music.

Sumerian Proletarian

From my first album america’d, the message in this song is as absurdly simple as I could’ve possibly made it:

we are the gods
people are the gods
we are the people
we are the gods

And yet, people still wonder what the hell I’m talking about with this lyric. Its a simple, primitive meditation on statism set to music that is meant to also sound primitive and “oriental”. The use of that Hollywood film score symbol for “primitive” – the duduk – together with a ultra simple chaconne-style song form (i.e. a simple, repeated chord progression with variation on top) all scream “This is a primitive song!”. Its like the proletariat hymn from 2500 B.C. Sumeria!

My intent with this track was to imagine it being sung as a greek chorus (third person plural “we”) of semi-mindless drones all repeating the core idea of their belief system that “we are the people“.

This is a uniquely American delusion that, through democracy, The People are The State. Its a delusion that allows all sorts of evil to be perpetrated by the few creepy people who actually run the state – from taxation, to inflation, to war, to mass incarceration and bodily abuse.

Henry David Thoreau said: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root”. I just figured – why not strike at the root of our damaging political ideas with a simple and lovely-sounding anarchist song?