View Full Version : The Strange Politics of millionaire rockstars

28-11-2005, 02:20 AM

28-11-2005, 03:48 AM
Well, that's certainly a fine example of capitalist inevitabilism. Not only, "capitalism exists, therefore everything that happens is a result of capitalism," the article gives us the full blown article with the next step to, "therefore you must be thankful to capitalism." Like a kind of brain-dead amor fati.

I also like the argument by assertion. The connections drawn by the musicians mentioned between pop music and left-wing politics are never engages with: they are simply asserted to be "incohate" or "impossible to justify intellectually." "Marsh canít sensibly reconcile the liberty whose praises he sings with the kind of state necessary to forge the classless egalitarianism that he wants," the article says, and because Reason Magazine says it, it must be true.

All of which builds up to the glorious conclusion: it's incoherent to be a communist pop star, because the meaning of music is constructed by the purchaser, and the buyers aren't communists. Your opinions are what the people with money say they are. "Free minds, free markets," indeed.

28-11-2005, 04:43 AM
Free minds, free markets, free music. We're there aren't we?

But please support your cottage industry indie, even if you can downoad it for free from SoulSeek.

28-11-2005, 04:57 AM
Come on, Buick6, you can do better than that.

Wrong's critique of the article is pretty fair and invoking file-sharing isn't really an argument.

Sure there are problems with rampant file-sharing especially as the value of anything in present society is determined by money. If *somehow* we could get rid of money then sharing music files for free wouldn't be so problematic would it?