The 7 Best Libertarian Songs You've Never Heard of

J.P. Medved
Jan 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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 particular order.  Feast your ear holes:

1. “Sons of Liberty” by Frank Turner

Remember when I said this list was in “no particular order?” (Yes I did, right up there, like, three lines ago).  Well, I lied.  This first one is easily my favorite song of the bunch.  That's why it's first.

Frank Turner, a former anarchist who now describes himself as a “classical liberal/libertarian,” combines an excellent folk/punk guitar sound with defiant lyrics informed by a very British sense of liberty.

To wit:

But a sorry cloud of tyranny has fallen across the land/
Brought on by hollow men, who did not understand/
That for centuries our forefathers have fought and often died/
To keep themselves unto themselves, to fight the rising tide/
That if in the smallest battles we surrender to the State/
We enter in a darkness whence we never shall escape./

 

2. “Taxman” by Lucky Dube

South African reggae artist, Lucky Dube, eloquently puts the lie to statist claims about taxes with his seminal “Taxman,” recorded in 1997.  If you like both reggae and freedom, you'll like this:

I pay my gardener to clean up my garden/
I pay my doctor to check out da other ting/
I pay my lawyer to fight for my rights/
And I pay my bodyguard to guard my body/
There's only one man I pay/
But I don't know what I'm paying for/
I'm talking about the taxman!/

 

3. “I’ll Give Up My Gun” by Steve Lee

You may have already heard this gregarious Aussie's YouTube hit, “I Like Guns,” but did you know he wrote a follow up piece that takes aim (heh) at gun grabbing politicians and at laws that punish the honest citizens who try to defend their property?

Yup.  “I'll Give Up My Gun” is a rousing country ballad showcasing the terrible abuse of gun owners in Australia, and providing ample warning to Americans who are still (mostly) in possession of their Second Amendment rights.

Well I'll give up my gun, when the ocean runs dry/
And I'll give up my gun, when the sun doesn't shine/
I'll give up my gun, when the birds don't fly/
I'll give up my gun, when politicians don't lie./

 

4. “Justice Day” by “RebelFire” (Rockne Van Meter)

This liberty-loving rock anthem is actually a promotional song put together for the young adult libertarian sci-fi book, “RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone” by Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman.

A great classic rock sound reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd and a strong anti-authoritarian, pro-freedom message make this another one of my clear favorites on the list.  Who can resist lyrics like:

So crush their damned spycams, and rip open your cage/
Let liberty loose with a howl of wild rage/
Each tyrant you smash/
Is a freedom you've won/
And the Outlaws -- we Outlaws -- put the power on the run./

 

5. “Liberty” by Jordan Page

Page has become a somewhat unofficial troubadour for the political wing of the liberty movement.  His recent single, “Liberty” is a perfect illustration of his talents.  Simple, acoustic guitar mixed with a great radio voice makes this a song you can sing along to while you carry your “Legalize Capitalism” sign outside the Capitol.

When is the right time to stand up for freedom/
Could it be when you start to feel creating children/
Who'll inherit the pain and the debt of this nation/
And be slaves to the banks that cause hyper-inflation/
Who are masters of commerce, lies, and bad legislation?/

 

6. “The State” by Porter Robinson

Yes, I've got a little something for everyone, including fans of dubstep!  19 year old dubstep prodigy, Porter Robinson, has managed to create a libertarian/anarchocapitalist song using quotes from Murray Rothbard's “For a New Liberty.”

True story.  You have to hear it to believe it.

For centuries the state has robbed people at bayonet point and called it “taxation”/
For centuries the state has enslaved people into its armed battalions and called it “conscription”/

 

7. “No Knock Raid” by Lindy

Lindy is a singer/songwriter from Canada and also an avid follower of the excellent work of Radley Balko at The Agitator.  This song is a direct result of Balko's reporting on police abuse and the horrific consequences of the drug war.

This song will make you sad, but it's so well done it deserves to be shared.

It's a no knock raid, don't be afraid/
Paramilitary police state on parade/
It's a no knock raid, don't be afraid/
You do the time, for your victimless crime./

WARNING: The following video contains graphic images of police brutality and the logical end result of a government with too much power.  Watch at your own risk.

 

Ok, fine!  Here's some Rush too, to lighten the mood:

The Trees:

 
 What good songs did I miss?  What would you add to this list?

Great list!  The only additions I can think of are Rush songs, and I don't think the audience really needs to be told about them.  

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Absolutely amazing. I've definitely opened up some apathetic friends to liberty's cause with the "No Knock Raid" video. But speaking of apathy, where's Rothbard's "Ron Paul" song?? That one always gets me pumped up.

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How can you not have Copperhead Road by Steve Earl on this list? It should be at the freaking top.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRE8Ve3Oit0

Sons of liberty- We the people.

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You forgot Enter Shikari!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9055NLRl-6Y

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I think Welfare Cadillac should be on this list

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How about Silent Running by Mike & The Mechanics?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep7W89I_V_g

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The Rainmakers (from KC MO) - Government Cheese (1986). They are my second favorite group, next to Rush.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-HiXqqUItM

There was no video for this song. The video you see was made by the person who uploaded the song.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXt-bN-nnfE

It might be a song "You've never heard of", but it's a song everyone should listen to.

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The song is Pokerface's "Rather Die than Be Your Slave"

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"New Generation" - Oingo Boingo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1vO-7NBPRs

davepenner's picture

"I'd Love to Change the World" - Ten Years After

"Grey Matter" - Oingo Boingo

"Nothing to Fear (But Fear Itself" - Oingo Boingo

"Wake Up (It's 1984)" - Oingo Boingo

"Perfect System" - Oingo Boingo

davepenner's picture

I agree completely. We need to place more focus on representing ourselves in the popular culture. The sixties had their counterculture, in music and literature, but we don't have enough literature out there hitting people where they are.

We need more cultural representations of our values from today. Music represents popular memes and beliefs shared by its culture. The music video Thrift Shop is popular because people recognize and emphasize with its message and feel validated by it. We need more of that in our movement.

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CTraffik. This guy loves rothbard and Lysander spooner. The recording at the end is actually taken from Mises.org. 

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EYTuHEla5xU



Kmplx's picture

You Can't Kill Rock & Roll - Ozzy Osbourne

"And they don't really know even what they're talkin' about
And I can't image what empty heads can achieve
Leave me alone, don't want your promises no more"

 

MichaelMahon's picture

Many songs from Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Megadeth, and System of a Down too.  

Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Pet - A Perfect Circle 
Mother - Pink Floyd
Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd
 
There are SO many songs out there... and across SO many different genres.  This is much like the liberty movement, it unites many people across different demographics.  It brings people together that honestly may not otherwise been brought together.  You can find liberty-based lyrics and songs everywhere! 

ScottWillis79's picture

Many songs from Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Megadeth, and System of a Down too.  

Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Pet - A Perfect Circle 
Mother - Pink Floyd
Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd
 
There are SO many songs out there... and across SO many different genres.  This is much like the liberty movement, it unites many people across different demographics.  It brings people together that honestly may not otherwise been brought together.  You can find liberty-based lyrics and songs everywhere! 

ScottWillis79's picture

You posted "Frontline" instead of "Liberty" by Jordan page.  Not that that is a bad thing, just not the song you picked.

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