Liberty, Feminism, and Punk Rock
Thanks to some older friends that I skated and played hockey with, the sounds of punk rock music began invading my brain. I was introduced to classic anarchist punk rockers like the Sex Pistols, and more contemporary bands like Operation Ivy, Green Day, Screeching Weasel, and NOFX. The antiauthoritarian attitude was just the sort of flavor I was craving. And for a young teenager, it’s not exactly a shocking outcome to rebel against all forms of authority and societal norms.
Fortunately for me, South Florida’s underground music scene was one of the most vibrant and flourishing in the entire nation during the nineties. It spanned three counties (Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach), a diverse range of age groups, and was comprised solely of those partaking in the scene – musicians, fans, and friends. We weren’t patroned by wealthy investors and record labels, nor welcomed by commercial venues. In fact, we were a real live, organic, market anarchist movement that grew and sustained itself through spontaneous order.
What differentiated our movement, however, was the message that punk rock music carried with it. Sure it was laced with antigovernment, down with the system-oriented hyperbole, but at its core, that attitude stemmed from outrage against the injustice and oppression caused by governments, corporatist cronies, and any other institutions that perpetuated racism, sexism, etc. For instance, we used to do an annual benefit show for the nonprofit organization Food Not Bombs (members of the Alliance of The Libertarian Left).