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Bad move, Boris. There is just enough left of Rock N Roll, even in 2021, to make a musician a bad choice for an ally. I have no political opinions or criticism. I speak only of practicalities. Likewise, I have no patience with the likes of Van Morrison’s conspiracy angles. I’m sure any number of musicians have similar views. Maybe Richard Ashcroft. I don’t know and I don’t care enough to research it.
To mask or not to mask? It’s irrelevant juxtaposed to any degree of social concern / responsibility or even basic politeness, i.e., cut the crap and just be bothered enough to care for your fellow citizens even if they are wrong.
The point is this. Rock N Roll still has the power to create a formidable base of people inherently uncooperative and antagonistic to coercive, abusive and / or cynical, self-serving authority.
What the hell is a government good for anyway? We are told social distancing and masking, etc., is to be a matter of individual choice. OK. I’ll buy that. But then so are taxes, bicycle lanes, fighting the Nazis, traffic lights, parking fees, etc. etc. etc. Murder and robbery anyone? Right!
Years ago, in a different world, my brother exploited the greed of credit card companies, absolutely legally mind you, to earn tens of thousands of dollars, two free cars and dozens of other perks. He actually employed people to aid him. He had no interest other than Beating The System by playing its own game to an unimaginable extreme. He had been a chess master at 17. He held up a cheap plastic trophy. “This is what I got for being a master,” he said. He held up a bag of money. “This is what I get for using the same skills.” He’d leave bags of cash sitting around his never-locked home, like trophies. I always said that with a thousand like him I could bring down the whole system.
With Rock N Roll still exerting power, there is a body of hundreds of thousands such people. Maybe that's Western Civilization’s last best hope. Ironic. Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Ozzy Osbourne to the rescue of William Shakespeare, Martin Luther and Abraham Lincoln.