The Laibach Theory

Laibach, if you don’t know, are a Slovenian industrial music group with deep political meanings. And if you aren’t familiar, this isn’t an obscure reference, they’re quite popular in Industrial circles and affected both Rammstein (blah) and a lot of NIN (meh.)

Anyway, the thing with Laibach (the German word for Ljubjana, the capitol of Slovenia) is that they dress and sing like quasi-Fascists. To see them perform (which I haven’t) is like watching a bunch of SS step on stage.

So they are fascists? Right? Not at all. The neat thing about Laibach is they extend the fascist thing so far that it spills over. A cup over-flowing where you can see the defects as it spills over, implicating the micro-fascisms of normative liberalism. I’m reading a book by Slavoj Zizek that echoes basically the same thing. If liberalism has triumphed as all there is, then what is left for criticism but playing fascist…?

Happens whenever I mention my communist leanings…. “OOOH! Gulags and Stalin! Nyah, nyah nyah!” Yes, that shit happened, and I don’t endorse that system, but I’m not ready to let the system go. Or the idea go. Not Stalin or Mao but maybe something else. Because I really don’t fucking fancy this system of escalating poverty, environmental impacts, eternal war on terror, etc (Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah…) The present system, which seems to be fucked up, but its supporters treat as if nothing could be better.

Fucked up situations might call for fucked up solutions. And I’m not saying dictatorship. Merely that there may be alternatives to liberal democracy that get the job done better.

To the conservatives I say, get over it. Life is not how it was in 1776 and shouldn’t be treated so. To the Liberals, your concessions to conservatism point out your inner weakness. Check any historian to tell you that the dream of the Founding Fathers was muddled with shit and special interests. Was a corrupt society, hardly better than what we have now.

And Liberals… one president who sponsors universal health care and the rest falls into the Sarlac that is what matters as compromise these days. Hard for me to blame Obama for gross ineptitude, he’s swimming against a tide that even his own party promotes. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, the Democratic Party is dead to me.

But back to the Laibach Theory. I believe in it and the notions of Zizek, that perhaps the only way to look out is by over-extending what is to the point where the contradictions are obvious. To point out the bloodlust in modern society, one must become a sort of vampire.


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