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Mar 8, 2004 10:46 pm

Rush (Non-Limbaugh) and Juan (Non-Volokh)

As Chris noted when he introduced me to this wonderful corner of the blogosphere, among my interests is an almost fanatical devotion to the rock band Rush. It's not just that they are without question the most libertarian rock band of all time, but they are also one of the most supremely talented, both musically and lyrically. They have also largely avoided the rock cliches of sex, drugs, and bad boy behavior - they play rock with the mentality of professional jazz players. This is hard rock for those who appreciate musical complexity and challenging musicianship. The reason I bring this up is that the Volokh Conspiracy's "Sunday Song Lyric" this week highlights one of Rush's best and most libertarian sets of lyrics, those from "The Trees."

What Juan Non-Volokh doesn't note is that the theme of the song, while clearly borrowing from Rand and other anti-egalitarians, is most closely related to Vonnegut's wonderful story "Harrison Bergeron." Check it out. And check out Rush when the 30th anniversary tour rolls into your town this summer.

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