Five-Star Fridays: The Agitator Mix #1

Friday, June 17th, 2011

In summers past, we’ve come up with a theme for Five-Star Friday selections. This year, I think we’ll do an Agitator Playlist. Please note: I am not suggesting that any of these artists are Hayek-reading, Friedman-loving libertarians. Only that the songs themselves echo themes that will be familiar to readers of this site. Actually, some of the songs will be familiar, too. I’ve posted many of them before. Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments.

We’ll start with the great, guitar-driven Los Lobos tune, “Road to Gila Bend”, a sympathetic look at an illegal immigrant’s harrowing journey across the border.

If you’re interested, I interviewed Los Lobos’ Louie Perez about this song and the album its from for Reason a few years ago. Here’s the original, sans video:

Here’s a cool acoustic version of the same song:

Digg it |  reddit |  del.icio.us |  Fark

9 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays: The Agitator Mix #1”

  1. #1 |  Rune | 

    Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW8UlY8eXCk

  2. #2 |  Rune | 

    If by any chance there are others who like anarcho-punk, I could be persuaded to link to and do translations of the lyrics of some Danish bands ^_^

  3. #3 |  Justin | 

    I like it. Sounds like Neil Young. Except in tune.

  4. #4 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Rush has a number of good libertarian-themed songs, especially this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWHEcIbhDiw

  5. #5 |  André | 

    “Judge Rules Red-Light Camera Election ‘Invalid'”
    http://www.click2houston.com/news/28271978/detail.html

    Rune: I’d be interested, translations or no. You no doubt know this, but Freetown Christiania also is an excellent example of spontaneous order that develops without a coercive state. For those Agitatortots who don’t know it, it’s worth five minutes reading the Wikipedia page.

    Ton Steine Scherben (German band from the 70s) is my music suggestion.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtMPGhXnzWE

    **No power for no one!**
    I’m not free, I can only vote
    for which thieves should rob me, and which murderers should command me.
    I’ve bled to death a thousand times, and they forgot me.
    I’ve starved a thousand time, and they stuffed themselves.

    In the south, the east, the west, and the north
    Everywhere, it’s the same people who murder us
    In every city, in every country
    paint the slogan on the wall.
    Paint the slogan on the wall!
    No power for no one!
    No power for no one!

    Let us tear down the walls that separate us.
    Come together people, and get to know each other.
    You’re no better than the man next to you.
    No man has the right to rule over humans.

    In the south, the east, the north, and the west
    Everywhere, it’s the same people who extort us
    In every city, in every country
    call out our rallying cry!
    Call out our rallying cry!
    No power for no one!
    No power for no one!

    Come over, brother, and join our ranks
    Come over, sister, you are not alone
    Come over, mother, we are on your side
    Come over, father, we want the same

    In Augburg, Munich, Frankfurt, and Saarbrücken
    Everywhere, it’s the same people who oppress us
    In every city, in every country
    raise your fist into the air!
    Raise your fist into the air!
    No power for no one!
    No power for no one!

  6. #6 |  Noel St. John | 

    Radley, if you’re not already familiar with this tune, I’ll be quite surprised. I think the Foo Fighters made this video after reading your blog too much. And the lyrics definitely fit. (Fuck yes!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBjQ9tuuTJQ

  7. #7 |  Rune | 

    §119 in the Danish Criminal Code is “violence against a public servant”, which carries tougher minimum sentences than violence against one of the governed classes.

    Paragraf 119 – Registreret

    Translation:

    Title: Registered

    (speak: What’s your name? What’s your date of birth?)

    They know who you are but you don’t know them
    Your life is their job, they are officials of the state
    They know who your friends are and everybody you have met
    You have been under surveillance from the day you were born
    All the shit you have done in your life
    Have been put into a fucking archive
    You are a part of the system; they know where they have you
    And if you break free, then they’ll come and get you!

    Do you believe control helps you? No it fucking doesn’t!
    Do you think they care about you? No they fucking don’t!
    :You are a file in their computer archives!:
    How long are you going to let them register your life?

    Do you believe control helps you? No it fucking doesn’t!
    Do you think they care about you? No they fucking don’t!

    If you believe you live in a state of law
    You are either a cop or dumb as snot
    The ones who think for themselves: demonstrators and activists
    They all end up in the archives of the state
    You say, there are rules limiting to how far they are allowed to go
    But it’s them who makes the rules, you have got to understand this
    The registry laws don’t work for shit
    Nothing is deleted once it gets in there

    Do you think they care about you? No they fucking don’t!
    You are a file in their computer archive
    You are a file in their computer archive
    You are a file in their fucking archive
    You are a file in their computer archive
    How long are you going to let them register your life?

    Paragraf 119 Nul Tolerence

    Translation:

    Title: Zero Tolerance

    :Zero tolerance to the Danish police! PIGS!:
    The police has been sent to the streets to fight
    The enemy must be fought and the enemy is us
    Peaceful demonstrators are beaten without mercy
    Your form of justice is a fucking enigma

    :Zero tolerance to the Danish police! PIGS!:

    You blindly follow orders from the systems rotten top
    but your eyes tell that you love your job
    Beat on children! Beat on the weak
    Because it’s best when they don’t hit back
    The days are past when you could do as you please
    Fuck you pigs, we won’t turn the other cheek
    Take that as a threat, because that is what it is
    Take one of ours and we’ll take ten of you

    :No justice! No peace!
    Before the last cop lies dead!:

    Fuck you! Fuck you! Fucking pigs!
    How about a drink? Here’s a bottle full of gasoline!
    Begone! Get the fuck out! We’ll reclaim the streets
    And we’ll get vengeance for every single cop-baton stroke!
    You better retire before you get chronic injuries
    Because our pension for you are flying cobblestones!

    Eat your own damn medicine
    Zero tolerance to the Danish police pigs!
    Zero tolerance to the Danish police! Pigs!

  8. #8 |  Rune | 

    @André

    Amdi Petersens Armé
    Gorilla Angreb
    Thought Police Brutality

  9. #9 |  André | 

    Rune: Many thanks! I’m always glad to find new bands to put on my iPod.

Leave a Reply