Someone maybe will underrate the meaning of this article, stating that is just about rock’n’roll, therefore nothing important. But we should consider in a closer way the matter, with all the linguistic implication inside, a perfect laboratory to demonstrate how they kill the words allied to the people.
Sex Pistol’s “Anarchy in the UK” is a manual case of language manipulation techniques, even better than what is said in a book like Anthony Burgess’ “Clockwork Orange” and applied to cinema by Stanley Kubrik: the scheme is the same: exhibit how young people of the lower classes, even if they try to enter in more sophisticated cultural patterns, they will remain violent beasts, landing in the waste land of anarchy.
A glance on the text of the song will give the better choice to argue how the stereotype of what upper class identifies as “anarchist” is applied as a model to emulate for young people, misleading them in that “waste lane” without any emancipation issue. No matter what Gandhi said about anarchy as non-violence; no matter for the “tension strategy” through by the industrial military complex has been transferring the responsability of attack from state’s services to manifestant; no matter for evidence and reason.
The stereotype must be impressed to change the real, in advantage of the upper class. This the way to work of the communication system whose simbolic contents are driven by money: nothing to do with “complot” theories, just a quick analysis about the way who got the money can influence the perception of life by general people. To refer the example in use, it is useful to remark that this thesis has been given by a Julien Temple’s movie “The great rock’n’roll swindle”, to refer what kind of stooges Sex Pistol’s were, in the hands of their producer, Malcolm MacLaren, and her partner the stilish designer Vivienne Westwood.
Here the text:
I am an antichrist
And I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy passerby’
Cause I wanna be anarchy
Anarchy for the U.K.
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme
‘Cause I, I wanna be anarchy
In the city
How many ways to get what you want
I use the best, I use the rest
I use the NME
I use anarchy
‘Cause I wanna be anarchy
It’s the only way to beIs this the MPLA?
Or is this the UDA?
Or is this the IRA?
I thought it was the UK
Or just another country
Another council tenancy
I wanna be anarchy
And I wanna be anarchy
Know what I mean?
And I want to be an anarchist
I get pissed, destroy
Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Glen Matlock / John Lydon / Paul Thomas Cook / Stephen Philip JonesAnarchy In The UK lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc
The equation antichrist=anarchist is really far from anarchy. Anarchy means the complete respect of other people. A true anarchist pretend the full respect of his interior world, therefore he can’t do anything different to other people. Religion is not in the range of this scheme, and talk about stupid ideas like “antichrist” means nothing else than the statement to be prisoner of the catholic mental scheme, even if here it appears in backward, but it is something not far from the howl of an histeric nun, as Pier Paolo Pasolini once said about a book of poetry that someone wishes to be reviewed by him.
The stereotype’s building is working. And the author(s?) gives to us even the statement: “I use anarchy”. The complement should be: to destroy underclass protest and ideologic production and every line of intellect.
Then, the author (Lydon? Maclaren? No matter for the official signature, you can read it here) declares moreover that it has been always working like that.
Are we sure that Sex Pistol’s were for people’s emancipation? Did you need to look at the Syd Vicious’ shirt to better understand?
It’s the same old song.
Don’t trust to what it seems.
A final word. This article has title “Newspeak against Anarchy”. It’s not possible reverse the sentence, because Anarchy is against no one. It just requires respect for others.
Anarchy is not that kind of Sex Pistol’s rubbish.
If you want a song, Anarchy is more likely John Lennon’s “Imagine”.