Thursday, July 12, 2007

If You're Feeling Confused the Government's in There for Sure

I've been reading into libertarianism and related philosophies like objectivism and anarcho-capitalism. More I read into them, more justified get my feelings against the idea of a "state". As a matter of fact this clause in the ISIL webpage explanation for libertarianism summarizes my feelings about the role of the state, the individual and the laws exactly:

" The genius of America was that our government was created as a protector of our fundamental human rights. America's founders well understood that government's immense power can be used to destroy as well as to protect; that when government uses force against its own peaceful citizens, it becomes just another criminal gang. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights were designed to protect us from government."

To those interested in this topic, I would suggest them watching this brief animation about philosophy of liberty. For an advanced coverage I can refer those interested to the article in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Under the influence of these, listening The Clash's collaboration with Alan Ginsberg called Capitol Air is like a meditation where I let go my anger against all kinds of authority that practice fear on people.

i don't like the government where i live
i don't like dictatorship of the rich
i dion't like bureaucrats telling me what to eat
i dont' like police dogs sniffing round my feet
i don't like communist internal linkcensorship of my books
i don't like mraxists complaining about my looks
i don't like castro insulting members of my sex
leftists insisting we got the mystic fix
i don't like capitalists selling me gasoline coke
multinationals burning amazon trees to smoke
big corporation takeover media mind
i don't like the top-internal linkbananas that're robbing guatemala
banks blind
i don't like k.g.b. gulag concentration camps
i don't like maoists' cambodian death internal linkdance
15 million were killed by stalin secretary of terror
he has killed out old red revolutionary for ever
i don't like anarchists screaming love is free
i don't like the c.i.a. they killed john kennedy
paranoiac tanks sit in prague and hungary
but i don't like counterrevolution paid for by the c.i.a.
tyranny in turkey or korea nineteen eighty
i don't like right wing death squad democracy
police state iran nicaragua yesterday
laissez-faire please government keep your secret police offa me
i don't like nationalist supremacy white or black
i don't like narcs & mafia marketing smack
the general bullying congress in his tweed vest
the president building up his armies east & west
i don't like argentine police assassinating jews
government terrorists takeover salvador news
i don't like zionists acting nazi storm troop
palestine liberation cooking israel into moslem soup
i don't like the crown's official secrets act
you can get away with murder in the government that's a fact
security cops teargassing radical kids
in switzerland or czechoslovakia god forbids
in america it's attica in russia it's lubianka wall
in china if you disappear you wouldn't know yourself at all
arise arise you citizens of the world use your lungs
talk back to the tyrants all they're afraid of is your internal linktongues
two hundred billion dollars inflates world war
in united states every year they're asking for more
russia's got as much in tanks and laser planes
give or take fifty billion we can blow out everybody's brains
school's broke down 'cause histroy changes every night
half the free world nations are dictatorships of the right
the only place socialism works in is astericks bud
the communist world's stuck together with internal linkprisoner's blood
the generals say they know something worth fighting for
they never say what till they start an unjsut war
iranian hostage media hysteria sucks
the shah ran away with 9 billion iranian bucks
col. roosevelt and his u.s. dollars overthrew mossadeq
they wanted his oil then they got ayatollah's dreck
they put in the shah and they trained his police the savak
all iran was out hostage quarter-century that's right jack
bishop romero wrote president carter to stop
guns to el salvador's junta so he got shot
ambassador white blew the whistle on the white house lies
reagan called him home cause he looked in dead nuns' eyes
half the voters didn't vote they knew it was too late
newspaper headlines called it a big mandate
some people voted for reagan eyes open wide
3 out of 4 didn't vote for him that's a landslide
internal linktruth may be hard to find but falsehood's easy
read between the lines out imperialism is sleazy
if you think the people'e state is your heart's desire
jump right back in the frying pan from the fire
the system the system in russia & china the same
criticize the system in budapest lose your name
internal linkcoca cola pepsi cola in russia & china come true
krushchev yelled in hollywood "we will bury you"
america and russia want to bomb themselves okay
everybody dead on both sides everybody pray
all except the generals in caves where they can hide
and fuck each other in the ass waiting for the next free ride
no hope communism no hope capitalism yeah
everybody's lying on both sides nyeah nyeah nyeah
the bloody iron curtain of american military power
is a mirror image of russia's red babel-tower
jesus christ was spotless but was crucified by the mob
law & order herod's hired soldiers did the job
flowerpower's fine but innocence has got no protection
the man who shot john lennon had a hero-worshipper's
the moral of this song is that the world is in a horrible place
scientific industry devours the human race
police in every country armed with tear gas & tv
secret masters everywhere bureacrtize for you & me
terrorists and polce together build an upperclass rage
propaganda murder manipulates the middlesclass stage
can't tell the difference 'tween a turkey & a provocateur
if you'r feeling confused the government's in there for sure
aware aware wherever you are no fear
internal linktrust your heart don't ride your paranoia dea
breathe together with an ordinary mind
armed with humor feed & help enlighten woe mankind

Clash and Ginsberg performed this song live on cassette at Bond's Casino on June 10, 1981. Unfortunately there is no video on the web. I can send the song to those interested.

I want to post the video of another great Ginsberg Clash collaboration Ghetto Defendat, which is one of the best anti-drug songs written...


zeynep said...

Ahmetcihat entrylerini okumak gun gectikce daha zorlasiyor, bu ne yahu??

Ahmet C. Toker said...

Zeynep, uluslararasi iliskiler okuyan biri olarak cesitli devlet kuramlarina hakim olduguna inaniyorum. Bence su an icin dünya'nin en onemli sorunu, otorite (executive power)'in yetenekleri ile otorite sahiplerinin bu yetenekleri kullanma haklarini dayandirdiklari temeller arasindaki orantisizlik. Ben bu aralar bu dengesizligin ulusal sinirlar icindeki sonuclari ile ilgileniyorum, ama bu senin uluslararasi sonuclari ile ilgilenemeyecegin manasina gelmiyor. Devletler arasi iliskilerin artan bir hizla ticaret bazli bir hal almasi ile anarcho-kapitalist yaklasimlar'in bu iliskileri gozlerken kullanilacak ilginc bir bakis acisi olacaklarina inaniyorum. Blog'umun baska insanlarin vizyonlarini genisletmesi beni en cok mutlu edecek sey olacaktir.

zeynep said...

relax man...

Ozan Korkmaz said...

Şarkıyı bana gönderir misin?

Çok beğendim sözlerinin %90 kadarını..

Ahmet C. Toker said...

Begenmedigin %10 neresi?

Tradutor said...

Hey, I used to have this song on a cassete tape that unfortunately got lost. It was recorded off of a Ginsberg CD box from friend that unfortunately is also long time gone. Could you send me this song? My email is