Would you watch a rock band dressed in Nazi uniforms? Me neither, so why is it somehow cool or ironic to wear a Communist t-shirt? It should be no more acceptable than having a swastika emblazoned on your chest or wearing a white hood and robe.
I caught a Flaming Lips concert on TV and their bass player had a hammer & sickle shirt on. I wondered if he had some important statement to make about how he opposed the use of state organs to kill innocents, but I didn't find anything like that. He seems to be just a garden variety, clueless, fellow-traveling, useful idiot. People seem to forget that the furthest state of the left side of the political spectrum is every bit as evil and soul/body crushing as the right. There is simply no excuse for glorifying political death cults and anyone who does is a world class-less ass.
Whatever your politics may be, it is disgraceful to glorify mass-murdering, genoocidal, totalitarian regimes, especially ones that made the Nazis look like rank amateurs. The death toll for just the Soviet Union and China is up around the 100 million range.
I know, I know...The death of one man: that is a catastrophe. One hundred thousand deaths: that is a statistic! - Josef Stalin
But slaughtering and starving 100 million is hard damn work. Plus there was all that extra difficulty keeping track of all the groups to oppress. I mean Gays, Jews, Blacks, Christians, Muslims, political opponents, peasants…etc. it was/is a full time job for party apparatchiks just to list all of those to hang from the gibbets and toss into the gaping maw of the abattoir of Communism.
Now I realize that the Soviet Union is dead and now all we have is the criminal autocracy Putin runs in Russia. And China has mellowed a bit since the days of Mao, well unless you are one of the hundreds of thousands of political prisoners, including those making many of the lovely products you are enjoying right now. Made in China? Yep, drenched in the blood of Falun Gong members, Christians and anyone else dumb enough to think they deserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
So Dear Michael Ivins and the Flaming Lips, I only wish you were aware or bright enough to know just how truly you disgrace yourselves. I can't say I was really a fan, but I will never watch or listen to your hippy trippy BS music ever again. I will be damned if I will patronize a collective that features a tribute to state terror.
If the rest of you believe in human dignity and common decency, you should cross these losers off your playlist as well.
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