“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” ~ Sinclair Lewis
“Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” is considered by most rock music critics one of the best albums of all time. It’s a noisy, crude, angry, anti-establishment comment on the world by British youth in the late 1970’s. Their protest is against royalty, wealth, government and the commercial sell out rock musicians whom, the late Frank Zappa articulated, “discovered the enormous amounts of money that can be made by selling records.”
Youth have a powerful, unharnessed energy and in 1977, British youth revolted—many through music. Anarchy is the dye cast by British youth and bands like The Clash, Gang of Four and The Sex Pistols spread the word through their music and lyrics such as:
“And I wanna be anarchy.
Get pissed. Destroy”
“God save the Queen.
A fascist regime.”
“God Save the Queen” was released during the week of the Queen’s silver jubilee.
The lyrics are an abrupt jump from the Graham Nash peacenik song, “Chicago,” only ten years earlier.
“Though your brother’s bound and gagged,
and they’ve chained him to a chair.
Won’t you please come to Chicago, just to sing?”
Like American youth in 2012, British youth had plenty of reasons to complain. Jobs were scarce, taxes were suffocating and the working classes had little hope for improvement. Britain‘s global share of shipbuilding dropped from 26% in 1955 to 4% in 1976. Consider the “Occupy Wall Street” protests – financed of course(it’s the American way) – aimed at big businesses cozy relationship with big government. Without getting into statistics, it seems we’re on a similar course as the British 30 years ago.
People are angry all around us. In the United States, the extreme “left” and “right” incite more anger, which provokes protest from the youth of this country. And like the British youth of the 1970’s, kids in America are saying, “enough is enough.” They are smart enough to realize that extreme sides each have the same destination — tyranny. And they are angry about it.
Noted British social activist David Alton says that between 1973 and 1977 unemployment for the under 25 crowd in Liverpool and its surrounding area more than doubled, and quadrupled for black youth, to hover above 30%.
The New York Times reports that among the college graduating class of 2010 in the U.S., only 56 percent held a least one job by the spring of 2011 with a median starting salary 10 percent lower than their peers in the class of 2007.
Some would argue that those graduates who can’t find work in their field should have reconsidered their course of study to say – business – and ponder the “fiscal cliff.” Imagine all the inspiring works a writer, artist or musician could produce with a calculator, in a cubicle.
A 2006 song by Pennsylvania punk band Anti-Flag addresses the financial ills this country faces in their anarchistic fashion in “One Trillion Dollars.”
“One trillion dollars could buy a lot of bling.
One trillion dollars could buy most anything
One trillion dollars, buying bullets, buying guns
One trillion dollars, in the hands of careless thugs.”
The freedom to protest is part of the check and balance system we possess. It needs protection like an infant.
“Rules and regulations, who needs them?
Open up the door.”
It’s a tough world to swallow for anyone. Even the infamous Johnny (Lydon) Rotten, now in his 50s, sells butter on British television. Anger fades with age.
- Bobby Jindal Unclear on What Fiscal Cliff Is (nymag.com)
- Will the Fiscal Cliff Get Us the Right Resolution? (forbes.com)
- The Fiscal Cliff: Even the Bad News Is Good News (investorplace.com)
- Syracuse University tax policy expert: What’s worse than going over the fiscal cliff? Not addressing what got us here (syracuse.com)