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Tag: Music
  • Foreign policy rhetoric or death metal lyrics?

    Hyperbole and politics hardly ever come together in a more explosive fashion than during a foreign policy debate between two candidates who both see the world as a place that needs to be managed largely using American military force.  With that theme in mind, I invite you to play today’s political game — foreign policy …

  • The 7 Best Libertarian Songs You’ve Never Heard of

    Sick of hearing Green Day bash capitalism and U2 calling for more and more government intervention?  Need some music that doesn’t unthinkingly accept the default leftist, collectivist worldview? Look no further! Below are the top 7 best pro-liberty, pro-economic freedom songs that you’ve (probably) never heard of  (no Lee Greenwood or Rush here!) in no …

  • Cops of the World

    We live in a world where our government has used and abused its influence to topple foreign governments or become the notorious bully everyone fears. Performed by lefist musician Phil Ochs, the song “Cops of the World” passionately articulates that reality. So — if I may suggest —  allow your ears (and mind)  to take …

  • Rock Concert on Campus

    If you’re looking for a social event to host on campus, consider a concert with Jordan Page: If you’re interested please email him here.

  • Bob Dylan Still Has it Right

    Bob Dylan was known for his protest music in the 1960s and was very vocal about civil rights, and the Vietnam war.  He sang many songs about peace but his song Masters of War really sticks out as one of his best when it comes to war.   Dylan was an icon to the youth of …

  • Critique of Obama Foreign Policy in 5 Minutes

    As a college student, one thing that I’ve been discouraged by is the lack of antiwar music. It certainly is out there, but does not come close to what was seen during the Vietnam war era. Perhaps it’s because of the lack of awareness due to our consumption culture, reality TV nation, or lack of a draft. …

  • YAL Exclusives: Ben Sommer’s Newest Tracks

    Ben Sommer, an edgy progressive rock artist who has been featured on YAL before, provides his newest releases for a YAL Exclusive preview.  Sommer’s newest songs touch at consumerism, militarism, and cadaverism, all delicate issues for society. Sommer describes the songs as, “pretty ‘out there’ — compared to the rest of the album” and “more …

  • Libertarian Themes in Music: Escape, by Metallica

    This is the first post in what I hope to be a many-post series about libertarian themes in music.  Most of them happen to be metal or alternative rock songs, as those genres stress the power of the individual. The first song I have to disect is Escape, by Metallica, written by James Hetfield, Lars …

  • Artist of Liberty Exclusive: Ben Sommer

    This is a YAL Exclusive review. Thanks to Ben Sommer for the opportunity. Ben Sommer is a self-described libertarian, whose music is an “edgy…mix of Frank Zappa, Iron Maiden, XTC & Public Image Limited” among others. Sommer’s lyrics adopt a “bitter worldview” which many a libertarian may have felt at one time or another. More …

  • Tunes of Liberty: My Way (Frank Sinatra)

    If there ever was an anthem of individualism, My Way is that song.  Written in 1968, this English version of the French song, Comme d’habitude, was written by Paul Anka and popularized by Frank Sinatra.  This song boasts the importance of doing things as to one’s own wishes, because, at the end of the day, you are …