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Breaking The Law By Judas Priest

British Steel

1980 | Metal

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"So much for the golden future I can't even start. -- I've had every promise broken, there's anger in my heart. -- You don't know what it's like, you don't have a clue. -- If you did you'd find yourselves doing the same thing too."

Trivia

  • The song featured in the "Washing the Dog", episode Beavis and Butt-head. The duo chant "Washing the dog, washing the dog" while washing Mr Anderson's dog in a washing machine.
  • The song was #40 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs and was also named the 12th greatest hard rock song of all time by them.
  • Personally I recomend checking out the Motorhead cover.

THE HOT TAKES

Luke Tatum

Okay, so I'm not sure how libertarian this song is beyond the chorus simply being "breaking the law!" It's really more just whining about life. It's also worth noting that if you play this while driving, your chance of breaking traffic laws and getting pulled over by road pirates is about 400% higher.

Sherry Voluntary

Judas Priest is one of the most iconic metal bands of all time. This song with it’s rebellious chant is one of their best. It is from the point of view of the marginalized, the outsider. The second verse is particularly relevant to the situation many find themselves in right at this very moment. “So much for the golden future I can't even start, I've had every promise broken, there's anger in my heart, You don't know what it's like, you don't have a clue,If you did you'd find yourselves doing the same thing too” Many people are incentivised to go outside the laws in order to live their lives. For example, sick people who need cannabis for their ailments are often forced by their circumstance to choose to either become addicted to opiods that don’t help very much and have terrible side effects, but are legal, or break the law and get more effective treatments like cannabis or psychedelics. The law itself turns non-violent people who have not harmed anyone into criminals and then makes money off of them. We must always remember that legality and morality are seperate issues. I agree with the great Lao-Tzu “The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”

Nicky P

Let's start with this, I'm gonna take some serious creative liberties with this one and stuff some words into Halfords mouth. Not what he prefers but *ba-dum-tiss*. Honestly if people were truly versed in economics, I imagine they might see this song the way I do, but alas... I want to start by renaming the song and framing it as a cautionary tale. Let's call the song: Human Action As A Result Of Central Bank Meddling. Go figure I'm gonna turn this one around at the FED. For the Austrolibertarians in the crowd this is preaching to the choir i'm sure but you can't inflate the currency enlessly without the people at the lowest rung turning around and reacting in their own best interest which undoubtedly will include ignoring the rule of law. Many of them see the law as an arm of the oppression they face, and this is the greatest trick. The true culprit has fleeced them and allowed the wealthy to hang themselves at the same time. I'm a fervent believer in capitalism but I understand that in a system where power can be bought there is always the danger of misallocation. This danger compunds exponentially in a system where there is a central control of interest rates. So as we listen to this song about feelings of disenfranchisement and societal degredation, it is our duty to not hate the misinformed rubes around us but the sinister cartel that has pit both pawns against each other.

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