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Ep. 65 Matt Bankert Makes His Case for the Top Ten Libertarian Rock Bands

Online rock artist and music blogger Matthew Bankert walks Bob through his picks for the Top Ten Libertarian Rock Bands.
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Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. BMS ep 65 Top Ten Libertarian Rock Bands on 10/05/2019 at 2:38 PM

    […] …according to Matt Bankert. […]

  2. Phil Rosenstein on 10/05/2019 at 8:47 PM

    Dave Mustaine from Megadeth became a born again Christian sometime in in the late 00’s. It happened at the same time as he finally succeeded in getting clean in rehab. He apparently had tried rehab nearly 20 times before, always relapsing. He credits his faith now for staying clean since. His endorsement of Romney in 2012 (after Santorum dropped out) was real.

    • Matt Bankert on 10/11/2019 at 1:29 PM

      Awesome, didn’t know he endorsed Romney. What a funny guy. Oh well. We didn’t touch on Dave’s faith at all, but that is another fascinating aspect of his.

  3. Phil Rosenstein on 10/05/2019 at 8:51 PM

    Also, not mentioned in this podcast, but briefly mentioned on Matt’s blog was Sons of Liberty. The main guy from Iced Earth is either a libertarian or hardcore constitutionalist. Only one album but full of explicitly anti Fed, anti NSA, anti war songs.

  4. Jack Bunny on 10/06/2019 at 6:07 AM

    Rush, “The Trees” – The rest of the lyrics go “There is trouble in the forest and the creatures all have fled, as the maples scream ‘oppression!’ and the oaks, just shake their heads. So the maples formed a union and demanded equal rights: ‘These oaks are just too greedy. We will make them give us light!’ Now there’s no more oak oppression for they passed a noble law. And the trees are all kept equal by a hatchet, axe, and saw.”

    • Matt Bankert on 10/11/2019 at 1:32 PM

      Thanks, Jack – I should have been more familiar with the rest of the lyrics – they sound pretty Randian/Libertarian to me.

  5. Aaron Byrd on 10/06/2019 at 8:38 AM

    Best Libertarian rock bands? Definitely gotta include that band Mutant Disease, the song ‘Comply Or Die’ offers a pretty scathing critique of statism

    Okay, shameless self promotion aside – this was a really great episode! You’re absolutely right about the need for Libertarians to create more art. When’s the Bob Murphy solo album coming out?

  6. Reverend Doctor O'Grady on 10/06/2019 at 11:59 PM

    Rush, hands down.

  7. Thomas R Phillips on 10/07/2019 at 6:29 PM

    Roger Waters was anti-war before AND after the hippies were. Animals and The Wall should have him in any top 10 for this

    • Matt Bankert on 10/11/2019 at 1:30 PM

      Yup, Pink Floyd is great on this stuff. They and RW regularly show up on my “Libertarian Rock” spotify playlist.

  8. Chris Owen on 10/20/2019 at 8:15 PM

    How can you not include Agnostic Front. They literally have a song railing against welfare.

  9. Ileana Zayas on 10/25/2019 at 1:15 AM

    Great topic for a podcast episode! There are a lot more libertarian rock artists out there than people think… Some honorable mentions: System of a Down, Black Sabbath, Rage Against The Machine, and a lesser known one, a punk band out of Philadelphia called “The Founders” – much more of an anarchist bent than anything, but definitely with constitutionalist philosophy, obviously, considering their band name. 😉

  10. Ludwig van El on 07/30/2020 at 1:31 PM

    There are more than a few good protest songs (and bad ones too – “Like a rolling stone” is abysmal.
    Perhaps my favourite is It just makes me smile, esp. now I understand the lyrics

    Van der Graaf Generator – Every Bloody Emperor
    Dire Straits – Brothers in arms
    Deep Purple – Child in Time

    The ones I like are anti-war (anti-government), not left-wing (anti-people))

  11. Ludwig van El on 07/30/2020 at 1:54 PM

    And not to forget One by Metallica (at least, judging by the video clip)
    And the name Megadeath already souds quite protestt-y from the get go, of course.

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