Heaven On Earth
1987 | Rock
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Nobody owns me — I don't wanna be anybody's fool — No one can make me do — What I don't want to do no, no — Nobody owns me — Nobody but you
- The song shares an album with hits like “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” & “I Get Weak.”
- Heaven Is A Place On Earth hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
- The album went platinum in America, double platinum in Australia & Canada & Quadruple platinum in the UK.
THE HOT TAKES
Ah, the 80's. Belinda brings us a strong individualist message, and also gets at the idea of freedom association. "Nobody owns me, noboby but you" is an intersting lyric. Essentially: Nobody has power over me, unless I explicitly give that power. What's not libertarian about that?
This cheesy pop song includes a phrase that is at the core of libertarianism, “nobody owns me.” Many people will talk about owning themselves, but few people actually believe it. Most people operate on the idea of legitimate authority over your life that can make you comply with things such as taxation, or conscription. Libertarianism stems from property rights. The very first one being that you own yourself completely and you are the ultimate authority in your life. Everything else flows from that premise. That is why dissent is such an important part of libertarianism and freedom in general. Freedom is not about having the right to say yes, it’s about having the ability to say no unharassed or molested. The bottom line is, no one has a higher claim to your life and property than you do.
Out of all the outcomes I saw from this project, I never would have imagined that Belinda Carlisle’s name would get tied up with Walter Block but here we are. This song really gets at the core of consent and I think makes a genuine nod toward Voluntary Slavery. The idea is one that Rothbard & Block never saw eye to eye on, but I find hard to argue against without getting deep into Marxist territory. For those unaware the concept is that we control ourselves to a degree that we could (perhaps in dire circumstances) sell ourselves into slavery. Block uses the example of a parent trying to save a child as his standard example. A parent might sell themselves into slavery to someone with the wealth to save the child. This song makes it a point to illustrate that there is one who owns her and she decides who that is. I’m sure she wasn’t thinking so academically when penning the song but I think that’s the most interesting thing about doing this. Some ideas are hidden in plain sight in subtle ways. To me that’s just a little hope.