Your President Is Lying

Ian MacKay once said, “I do feel like I have always, in my life, been inclined to be on the outside, walk a different path or something. Because of that, and increasingly over the years, my sense of distance from mainstream society or from the way culture works, I have a different kind of perception of it.” Punk finds a strange balance between existing in a society and pushing back against culture. Hardcore punk aims to damage pre-conceived notions of what the average individual can say or do in response to their world. One of the most popular ways that hardcore punks managed to avoid normative avenues for expression was through taking a classic mainstream visual or icon and distorting it to make a statement. There is a strong anti-governmental, anti-mainstream ideology that is advocated by the founders of hardcore punk. Political protest and social commentary are dominant in hardcore punk lyrics and art. Ian MacKay, H.R., Henry Rollins, and Jello Biafra helped to build the rock that hardcore punk rallies upon. This piece is a reflective, polemic, political piece that illustrates the foundations of hardcore punk rock and the principles that grew from that base.