The Iowa caucuses are being held today, which means that Republican primary season is about to kick into high gear. Spoiler alert: The candidates all suck. But you knew that already. What you might not know is that, historically, political punk songs have often been nearly as bad.
Lacking the trenchant analysis of The Economist or even Socialist Worker, the politics of punk are often as clear as the L.A. River. It's doubtful that Johnny Rotten himself even knows what an "anarchist-uh" believes. Here, then are five political punk songs that display, at best, a Cliff Notes-level understanding of the issues.
"Kyoto Now" (2002)
The problem: The lyrics are a caricature of a Bad Religion song, with the occasional "Kyoto Now!" thrown in for effect. Bombastic language like "petrochemical plunder," "mythological hopeful monster" and "the arid torpor of inaction" don't actually succeed in proving intelligence or understanding. It just proves they like using big words.