2001 | Country
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Well it's not my fault that I'm positive I just stuck a needle in my arm — And nobody told me that sixty a day would do me any harm — My liver's shriveling like a leaf but it's not the whiskey that do's it — Call me irresponsible and I'm really going to lose it.
- Persevere is the fourth studio album by The Proclaimers, released in 2001 on their own label Persevere Records, as a comeback album after seven years of low profile. It was recorded in Minneapolis and produced by Chris Kimsey.
- The Proclaimers are a Scottish music duo composed of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid (born 5 March 1962). They were born in Leith on 5 March 1962, and grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall and Auchtermuchty.
- The Reids are well-known supporters of Scottish independence and have, at various stages of their lives, been activists for the Scottish National Party.
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This makes me smile. There's a feel-good style to the whole song, and yet, it's making fun of the ever-increasing number of people who have a victim mentality. My favorite line? "It doesn't matter what I do, you have to say it's alright." When you pass laws requiring that everyone is "treated equally," no matter how foolish or backwards or even destructive their behavior...well, what do you expect is going to happen? You have a weak population.
This fun country tinged song by the Scottish twins, The Proclaimers is pretty rad. I love how it calls out the USA for all the victim hierarchy ridiculousness that, besides war, might just be the US's biggest export. The lyric “We value everything the same and turn it into farce” is my favorite line. We see this all the time, whether it's calling every instance of conflict between someone brown and someone white, racism based solely on optics, or the #metoo movement equating a woman getting inappropriately treated with rape victims. The fact is that ascribing victimhood over every small issue, doesn't serve to make people care more about these issues, it actually minimizes actual instances of racism or sexism or whatever. People used to be proud of what they'd overcome and not let inhibit them. These days it seems like lots of folks make a profession out of being victims and living in injustice perceived or real for their entire lives.
I think my favorite thing about this song is that it was released in 2001. So apparently as far as our Scottish friends are concerned, we’ve been whiney louts with no desire to take responsibility for ourselves. Here I thought that was a relatively new occurrence brought about by victim culture sometime in the 00’s. I was mistaken and it’s part of the American way. It seems odd to me to imagine given the state of free speech in the EU these days but maybe in the last 18 years there was a switcheroo? Anyway, the libertarian principle on display should be obvious. We can’t expect our neighbors to leave us alone until we’re capable of not letting our issues get in their way. Be it our use of substances or lack of fiscal responsibility, we live in a web where maintaining our own life and property is part of maintaining society. Many people think libertarianism is about rugged individualism but it is easily just as much about being a good neighbor in your community.