Freedom Is A State Of Mind
2001 | Industrial
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"And if you don't cooperate they'll lock your ass away, with the very fucking money that they fucking took away" -- "Lest you forget about your cozy little home, the very place were you live in but you never fuckin own"
- Likely the first really controversial band on this list. The group is of Native American descent & claimed to be trying to create a spiritual awakening.
- Led a campaign to get all bibles in the US printed with a disclaimer on them.
- The group is incredibly hard to pigeonhole politically because they have both liberal and libertarian tendencies that seem to contradict.
THE HOT TAKES
The ol' "Taxation is Theft," presented in as explicit and hard-hitting way as you can possibly imagine. "They take what they want to, whenever they want to." Murray Rothbard made this very point frequently, so perhaps a quotation is in order here: "Only the State obtains its revenue by coercion…That coercion is known as ‘taxation,’ although in less regularized epochs it was often known as ‘tribute.’ Taxation is theft, purely and simply even though it is theft on a grand and colossal scale which no acknowledged criminals could hope to match. It is a compulsory seizure of the property of the State’s inhabitants, or subjects."
Taxes Are Stealing by Corporate Avenger: This infectious tune has a rhythmic cadence that drives it deep into your brain. The lyrics, while on the nose, which is often the death knell of “liberty music,” gets good treatment with this style. The lyrics get right to the bone of the sacred cows, the constitution, the police, property ownership, and The Federal Reserve. The lyric, “They take what they want to whenever they want to, And our needs they always come last,” points to the big lie of taxation being “for the common good.” Only a pittance actually goes to the programs they say they need to steal the money for, and that is only done in order to placate the masses. Keeping them bought in to the system that victimizes them. And like the lyric says “Well taxes are stealing and I get the feeling that we’re gettin f****d in the a**.” Indeed we are, and not in a good consensual sort of way.
If the industrial groove of this song doesn't punch you in the face then the way up front message sure as shit will. I know we have the quippy Taxation is theft but it's really extortion. Back in 2001 these guys released this gem and laid out in simple terms and let's be honest, "course" language exactly what they thought of the government. Strangely they also seemed to be into some far left causes but I think we can line up with their hatred of authoritarian elites no problem. I particularly like in the third verse where they start laying out the jobs they performed where the IRS wasn't. I have held some incredibly crappy factory jobs and thought the exact thing to myself. Hopefully I remembered to mark NSFW up at the top.