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Metal / Opinions on Scion Rock Fest 2011
« on: January 23, 2011, 01:09:57 AM »
I'm not sure how I ought to feel about this thing. My immediate visceral reaction to the idea of a metal show put on by a car company is "Wow, this is fucking lame." When Scion started putting on these shows a couple of years ago I felt pretty sure that it was just a symptom of another one of underground metal's short-lived forays into the "mainstream" and that as long as it lasted it would only attract the sort of metal that people who don't like metal like. But now it appears that some dyed-in-the-wool underground metal acts are starting to get on board with this thing. Last year's Scion "rock" event included acts such as Absu, Voivod, and Hate Eternal. This year's lineup includes Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Obituary along with a bunch of flavor-of-the-week garbage.

What is going on here? I could easily attend this thing but I don't want to as a matter of principle. Am I being ridiculous or is it sensible of me not to support this event even though it features bands who have put out material that I have immense respect for? I expressed my feelings about this to my girlfriend the other day and she thought I was being ridiculous. Her reaction was, "You have a problem with bands taking a paying gig?" Well, no, I don't have a problem with bands taking a paying gig. I just have a problem with this particular kind of gig. It seems like nobody else thinks it's weird that there are a bunch of respectable underground metal acts getting involved with this. Seriously, is my attitude about this ridiculous? Are events like this a symptom of decline? What are your opinions on this? Please share.

Interzone / Political/social philosophy of ANUS members
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:08:14 PM »
I study political philosophy at the graduate level, and I have a side interest in economics (a subject which is very wrapped up in political issues), so I've been interested for a while in getting a sense of what sorts of political/social views prevail among the members of this board. I mean this in a broad sense; I'm not interested in what you think about the finer points of the Bush tax cuts. One might characterize one's political views very broadly with terms such as 'conservative,' 'anarchist,' 'liberal,' and so on. One could get a little more specific while still broadly characterizing one's views, e.g., 'Rawlsian liberal,' 'Burkean conservative,' 'Anarcho-syndicalist,' and so on. A further specification of such views might include a description of the core commitments of those views. Thus, an anarcho-syndicalist might describe his or her view as anti-state, anti-capitalist, and perhaps collectivist (maybe...I'm not intimately familiar with this political philosophy.) The latter term, 'collectivist,' names a social philosophical view. So that's where the social philosophy comes into the picture here.

It seems to me from reading the various things posted up on this site and the users' comments on this board that most people here adhere to some sort of fascism or traditionalist conservatism. At the very least, there is a lot of collectivism and authoritarianism going around these parts. I have serious misgivings with such views, but whatever. A couple of people have expressed some libertarian sympathies in the past, and I know that there is at least one out-and-out anarcho-libertarian on this board (mandrake).

Personally, I am what might be described as "right-wing" libertarian. Core commitments: Anti-authoritarianism, anti-collectivism (I do not think collectives have any moral standing at all, nor do I think such abstract things as traditions and nations have moral standing), and robust private property rights. I arrived at this view from a deontological moral perspective, but when people want me to defend it on consequentialist grounds, I can certainly play that game.

Perhaps some of you don't have a name for whatever political/social views you hold, and perhaps you don't find naming them of much use, but if you can broadly characterize your views of these matters, please share. I am very interested to hear about these things.

Interzone / Movies give you AIDS
« on: July 04, 2010, 04:39:41 AM »
How clever of you. Let me guess: movies give you AIDS, right?

Metal / From the Dept. of Things That Make No Sense: RABM
« on: March 22, 2010, 06:32:30 PM »
I recently became aware of a movement dubbed 'Red and Anarchist Black Metal.' Has anybody heard of this? I guess it's supposed to be black metal informed by radical leftist ideals. Right, and I play Rastafarian Polka. This strikes me as a wholly ridiculous concept. Now, I'm all for pointing out that Nazis are stupid, and that most NSBM is garbage, but it seems to me that if black metal has any political ideology behind it, then it is right-wing. Just sayin'.



What do people think of this? I think it's more evidence that hipsters ruin every single thing they touch. Note that Wolves in the Throne Room is associated with this movement.