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Saturday, March 20, 2010

No Handle Bars Video, A Song by: Flobots

No Handle Bars meaning
: This is one of the greatest anti-war, anti-police state, anti-military-industrial-complex songs ever written. It is also an ode to the power and potential of our world's young people today, a warning that we are balanced on a razor's edge between a future of limitless human flourishing and creativity, and a parallel future of war and destruction to rival even the darkest moments of the last century.

Flobots founder Jamie Laurie stated:

"The song is about the idea that we have so much incredible potential as human beings to be destructive or to be creative. And it's tragic to me that the appetite for military innovation is endless, but when it comes to taking on a project like ending world hunger, it's seen as outlandish. It's not treated with the same seriousness...

The lyrics came to me as I was riding a bike home from work with my hands in the air — I had just learned how to do it — and I felt triumphant, but at the same time, I knew there were people at that moment who were being bombed by our own country. And I thought that was incredibly powerful. We have these little moments of creativity, these bursts of innovation, and every time that happens, that innovation is used to oppress and destroy people. So it struck me as beautiful and tragic at the same time."

Rock on, Flobots! Rock on! Here's a tip of my hat for writing the No Handlebars song, one of the most artful expressions of a libertarian idea that I have ever had the joy of experiencing.


  1. Wes, Thanks much for sharing this. The song has been on heavy rotation on my laptop and iPhone for the past month. I knew there was a deeper meaning, though I was just digging it as a great song. But I always suspected there was much more, much like the song "Cult of Personality" Now having read the explanation and seen the video, I will be forever changed for me.

  2. This song has always made my little libertarian heart happy...and sad of course.. I decided to look up more info on the band though, after hearing the song today (it had been quite a while since I had heard it). Sadly, the band is way more on the socialism side politically and are more about Bernie Sanders and Blaming Bush for all the wrongs in the world (don't get me wrong they also don't care for democrats, but still praised Obama when he came around)... They're working on new stuff now for climate change and crap like that.. Such a shame.. They are definitely what you would consider musical activists similar to Rage against the Machine, but it's sad that their message can be made to twist the minds of young people towards a corrupt ideology, and in my own mind I just am so puzzled when I listen to people that seem somewhat intelligent talking about economics and social issues with the reasonings of primates.. Can a famous libertarian please make friends with these boys?! ��