You’re just walking ’round your little mazesFiguring out how to get byHow to get laid and get famousGet yourself paid, impress the guys
You’re taught to divide the world intoBuddies and wives, sluts and wimpsAnd ever since, you’ve kept a scorecardHow else to prove you’re such the pimpYou are just a robotExecuting a programGet on the train where the crowd is tighteningTo push yourself up against a girlAnd when you’re not getting play, you keep tryingYou don’t understand the consensual wayYou are just a robotAn imitation of a manShe told me one night when we were lying quiet and cold“Something not right”It had been months since the good timesOnce there was sun and now there was night
And she said to me as she turned on the light“There’s something you don’t know keeps me from feeling rightI once knew a guy, I’d seen him aroundHe knew all my friends, he came from town
One night at a party, we both were thereHe followed me into the bathroom, he grabbed my hair”And she said, “I still remember just how the floor feltAnd how my head would hit the tub”Now where is that robotIs he alive or is he done?Does he breathe air that I breatheIs he kept warm by the same sun?
Here’s another punk rawk ditty, this time from NOFX‘s 1994 album Punk In Drublic, “Perfect Government”:
Even if it’s easy to be free
What’s your definition of freedom?
And who the fuck are you, anyway?
Who the fuck are they?
Who the fuck am I to say?
What the fuck is really going on?
How did the cat get so fat?
Why does the family die?
Do you care why?
Cause there hasn’t been a sign
Of anything gettin’ better in the ghetto
People’s fed up
Getting fed up
You point your fuckin’ finger
You racist, you bigot
But that’s not the problem
Now is it?
It’s all about the money
Political power is taken
Protecting the rich, denying the poor
Yeah, they love to watch the world from the White House
And I wonder…
How can they sleep at night?
How did the cat get so fat?
Image via NOFX
Some Friday fun listening from Nashville-based Radar vs. Wolf, a video from their debut album!
Radar vs. Wolf singer/songwriter James Bratton recently wrote a post on Bleeding Heart Libertarians articulating his particular take on political philosophy, and it's a take I find congenial. Especially this part:
Why would I give them the legal power to regulate my whole life?
Here's the second video for my history of economic thought course: a synopsis of Adam Smith's Inquiry Concerning the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The video gives an overview of the entire work (except for Book III, his stage theory of history), and I hope it entices you to read some or all of it for yourself!
From last Friday’s Real Time on HBO:
For the past few months I've been working with some talented and creative folks at Northwestern University Academic Technologies to produce some videos for use in my History of Economic Thought course. Over the next few weeks I'll be releasing them here, and they will be available on my Vimeo page. Please distribute them widely (they have Creative Commons attribution + non-commercial licensing)!