FtB is dead

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FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

YES THAT’S RIGHT, FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

FTB IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

ITS JUST ANOTHER CHEAP PRODUCT FOR THE CONSUMERS HEAD.

Meaningless talk over wires and transistors,

Schoolboy sedition backed by big time promoters.

Dispatched from the Culture Clash,

But not for revolution, it’s just for cash.

‘Atheist’ became a fashion just like hippy used to be

And it ain’t got shit do with you or me.

Movements are systems and systems kill.

Movements are expressions of the public will.

Freethought became a movement cos we all felt lost,

But the leaders sold out and now we all pay the cost.

FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

YES THAT’S RIGHT, FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

FTB IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

NOTICE THE IRONY

IN THE WORDS I SAID?

Godless narcissism was a social napalm,

Atheist blogs started doing real harm.

Teaching evolution, social justice and change (as they)

Sucked from the system that had given them their name.

Well I’m tired of staring through shit-stained glass,

And I’m tired of staring up a superstar’s ass,

I’ve got an ass and a heart and a name,

I’m just waiting for my fifteen minutes fame.

And me, yes me, do I want to burn?

Is there really something that I can learn?

Do I need a business man to promote my angle?

Can I resist the carrots fame and fortune dangle?

I see the scarlet letters on their bondage gear,

The social elite with each other in their ear,

I watch and understand that it don’t mean a thing,

The scorpions attack, but the system stole the sting.

FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

TAKE ME OUT BACK AND SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD.

FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD. FREETHOUGHT IS DEAD.

NOTICE THE IRONY

IN THE WORDS I SAID?

Let’s all be mature,

We’re all the fucking victim.

It’s premature,

to pronounce a dead system.

But I’m not sure…

That we are a nest of vipers.

It’s raining shit, so let’s be the wipers.

It doesn’t matter who is driving the car,

If it fucking crashes, you wont get far.

I’m not against you and I’m not against them.

I’m against the idea

Of ‘you’ and ‘them’.

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The last time I saw Jeffrey Lewis cover this song live, he joked that it was written 5 minutes after punk started.*

The point of this? It’s premature to say that we’re a ‘failed movement’. 

*Crass first recorded this in 1978 (basically a year and a half after punk rock solidified ‘as a thing’.) 

It’s also worth noting that Jeffrey Lewis also traced punk rock back to 1950 (which is before what was arguably the first rock and roll song – 1955′s ‘Maybelline’ by Chuck Berry)

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  • Priscilla Parker

    Freethought has become a product and people are buying it. The catalyst is making religion (or perceived authority) the thing to rebel against.

    “No one ever changed the church by tearing down the steeple.

    The systems aren’t made of bricks, they’re mostly made of people.”

    Movements fail because people start following the leaders but that in itself is a ruse. Followers will always wait to be told what to think or what to do, they never take initiative themselves. This one is no different!

  • Konradius

    > Movements fail because people start following the leaders

    Either you made a typo there or someone should have told Hitler…

  • Yoritomo

    > Movements fail because people start following the leaders

    Either you made a typo there or someone should have told Hitler…

    I think Priscilla Parker meant that, and she has a point. When a movement’s leader becomes sacrosanct and beyond question, that is not to the movement’s long-term advantage (though to the leader’s short-term advantage, of course). Leaders tend to make stupid mistakes, too, and there should be some sort of corrective lest the movement as a whole gets saddled with the leader’s follies. This includes Hitler and Nazism – I don’t think the philosophy behind National Socialism was viable in the first place, but saddling it with unquestioning obedience to Hitler surely didn’t help.

    Luckily FtB is so engaged in internal conflict that its bloggers drown out each other’s voices…

  • F

    What leaders?

    Don’t follow leaders

    Watch the parking meters

  • http://www.dude.com Dood

    FTB is a laughing stock in the wider atheist community.


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