March 21, 2004
Like Christopher Hitchens post 9/11, this NYT article reveals the inherent idiocy of punk rock ideology. Contrarianism without direction turns on itself.
update: I make the above criticism of punk rock ideology seated next to a giant stack of my own extensive punk collection. Bad Religion, Minor Threat, The Dead Kennedys, among others were essential elements of my political awakening as a teenager, but these bands really only take you so far. Most punk is pre-political; it exists only in opposition, unable to articulate it's own viability. Anyone who attempts to think politically through a punk rock model is as sad as that 40 year old guy who used to be at all the all-ages shows at the Rat (in Boston) when I grew up. Which is why these punks for Bush are such morons.