Anarchism has a long political tradition yet is still dismissed as simply an endorsement of chaos and lawlessness. Punk has also been dismissed as meaningless and nihilistic. But what does Anarchism really mean and is it compatible with punk?
What does one of the defining songs of the punk era have to do with Thomas Paine and the French Revolution? Read this instalment of Punk Rock Philosophy to find out!
Straight Edge was a radical movement within hardcore punk that advocated for sobriety and clean living. But how many philosophers would have supported the likes of Ian Mackaye if they had been around in the 1980s?
What influence does our physical landscape have on us? According to psychogeography enthusiasts- plenty. And how do our favourite punk bands describe the cities they live in?
What does the concept of selling out mean? And why does anyone care if punk bands achieve mainstream success?
Have you noticed how the pop punk of the 90s/00s was pretty preoccupied with love, sex and relationships? Well turns out, so were many philosophers! Explore the links between Plato, Kant and Kierkegaard and Green Day, Blink 182 and the Offspring.
Riot grrrl was a staunch feminist subgenre of punk. But what feminist thinkers were some of the riot grrrl ideas based on?
Ronald Reagan set about transforming American society in the 1980s. But the hardcore punk movement would not let him do that without facing their resistance.
What A Situation! Punk Rock and the Situationist International If it has been said once, it has been said a thousand times (1001 now) that punk is more than just the music- it’s a way of life and a philosophy. From its inception in the 1970s, through 80S American...