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The Future of Politicians…
Ronald Reagan as a Punk Rock Icon

In the age of Photoshop and the Internet, Biden and Trump are the subject of memes, which are kind of the flyer of the new millennium. I think G.W.B. sighed in relief when Donald’s orange, squinty, butthole-mouthed face became the new icon of America’s failed deshmockracy. And instead of sighing in relief when Biden fumbled through his first State of the Union, Trump is still in the throes of a toddler temper tantrum, screaming “no fair!!!.”

In the 80s, it was all about Reagan; he represented everything wrong with the world in the eyes of punks everywhere. His deregulation of industry, privatization of public services, and neoliberal policies made him the enemy of the youth that were about to inherit the shit earth he promised them. There was even a massive tour dedicated to Reagan, with some mind-blowingly seminal bands participating in the protest against his government. These flyers are hilarious and clever and make me wish that I wasn’t just a toddler when these shows were happening and this culture was flourishing.

What’s horrifyingly depressing is how we’ve gone NOWHERE in the past three decades, only to find ourselves in a place where we could post a flyer with the words, “No War! No KKK! No Fascist USA!” and they would be just as relevant as they were in the early 80s. So where the fuck are we? Is the movement towards a more progressive, more inclusive, less sexist, racist, classist, corporatist, LGBTQ-phobic society within our grasp?

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Geoff Lane

    November 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

    That Dayglo Abortions album is hot fire

  2. Allen Inman

    November 18, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Reagan Youth!

  3. Rob Gage

    November 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Dead Kennedys, Ramones, Circle Jerks, and Suicidal Tendencies got me through being a teen in the Reagan Era. the nihilistic angst of the period did give us some good music.

  4. Sebastián Cvs

    November 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Iron Reagan. 🍻

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