A Punk Rock Libertarian Talks War & Fireworks on the 4th of July


Ever since I was a child I’ve always been one to relentlessly keep asking “Why?”.  I’ve been like this with just about everything until it makes sense to me.  I remember as a boy telling my father that I wanted to be a soldier when I grew up and I”ll never forget his brief dismissive response.  He basically flat out said “All the wars today are bullshit and we shouldn’t be there.”.  This immediately perplexed me, as my father was always very patriotic and had instilled that same patriotism in me.  You see, my father wasn’t at all one to be principled anti-war.  I believe that when I mentioned my idea to join the military, that was just his instant true logical response when faced with the idea of his son joining the military.

So, if murder is the absolute worst of the really bad things that an individual can do (I can personally think of nothing worse…).  When does it become morally justified to be carried out in mass by a State?  If we want peace is this world shouldn’t we first start by setting a peaceful example ourselves? You can love your country and be against murder.  You can’t possibly support the troops any harder than calling for them to come home and be with their families rather than dying in a Middle Eastern civil war.

The establishment has managed to make war a non-issue as both major political parties are pretty much always in unanimous support of it.  The U.S. spends more on military than the other top 9 countries in the world combined.  It is not in anyway “conservative” to spend anywhere close to that on military.  It is not “liberal” to force your “freedom” on others at gun point.

War also ties in with other important issues such as education.  After government first drives up the price of college by giving anyone and everyone student loans.  The State then bribes our children with “free college” to fight in unjust economically driven wars of empire.

U.S. military intervention in the Middle East perverts the market keeping gas prices artificially low, in effect lessening the demand for competing cleaner alternative energy.

Right now “our” foreign policy in Syria is right in line with the agenda of Isis.  The U.S. has been interfering in the Middle East since the 1950’s. Do you honestly think that we’ve actually improved things over there? This is why terrorists come over here.  If we’re not over there drone bombing innocent civilians and simultaneously recruiting terrorists…  Nobody in the Middle East will give a fuck how “free” we are.

Illegal fireworks will be lit off pretty much anywhere & everywhere tonight by all sorts of Americans.  In the cities, suburbs and rural areas alike, you’re likely to hear and or watch quite a few of them.  I like to think of this as symbolism of our rebellious nature as a nation and as individuals.  Regardless of what any government says, we will live free.  Let us let others do the same and keep that same mindset tomorrow.








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Matt Bergman founded Punk Rock Libertarians in 2010. Formerly played guitar and sang in the Baltimore punk band "TENWATCH" and currently plays guitar and sings in "post freedom".