Thursday, June 03, 2004

Conservative Punk, which I've been reading since February, has been getting a lot of press lately. Check out:

Alternative Press


Anonymous said...

What on earth is a conserative punk???

UndercoverPunk said...

Well, I'm a conservative punk.

Here's a good definition of punks, from

"punks - a youth subculture closely associated with punk rock music in the late 1970s; in part a reaction to the hippy subculture; dress was optional but intended to shock (plastic garbage bags or old school uniforms) and hair was dyed in bright colors (in Mohican haircuts or sometimes spiked in bright plumes)"

The punk scene is enjoying a sort of resurgence at this point in time, although I'm seeing some indications that it's beginning to tail off. One of the great tenets (maybe the only tenet) of punk is individuality.

A political conservative is one whose top priorities in government include (1) a reduction in the size of government, (2) an emphasis on personal responsibility, (3) a belief in traditional values, and (4) the importance of national defense.

Conservative punks, then, place extreme emphasis on individuality. This results in a certain flavor of conservatism -- though of course, since punks are individualistic, every conservative punk will have varying beliefs. Conservative punks generally believe that the government's size should be reduced in order to decrease its influence on the individual. For the same reason, they believe that taxes should be lowered and that social welfare programs, in general, cause more harm than help. They support national defense insofar as the armed forces protect the liberty of the citizen, and often support it even to the liberation of totalitarian nations, but will probably strongly oppose any draft because of its affront to a person's right to control one's own future, as well as its forced imposition of conformity. They often oppose the war on drugs (this is where I disagree with the 'party' line). They vehemently oppose racism of any sort. They believe that questions of religion, sexuality, employment, trade, etc., while perhaps carrying great moral implications, should be left to the individual's discretion rather than imposed by the state.

Any more questions?