posted on March 13, 2007 at 8:07 pm

there are no absolutes
you go one direction
after a while you notice you going the opposite way
you start out with freedom
but after a while you notice
you gotta guard yer freedom
and you gotta keep some out people of yer freedom
and you end up with more rules n regulations
more people in jail
bigger n nastier armies
and busting down some peoples doors
in case they threaten yer freedom
and taking away other peoples freedoms
first
just in case they might take yours
i mean freedom n liberty
are lovely words
you can arrest and punish a lotta riif raff in their name
and god
you gotta know gods on the side of freedom
so watch out
this is a righteous freedom
now to keep things nice and free
a few foreigners may have to go
one way or another
and maybe things gotta be a bit tighter
a tighter freedom
and some cats out there
why theyre so anti-freedom…
they hate freedom in fact
so maybe we’ll detain em a little
see how they like fucking freedom then
and theres other guys out there
theyre so bad
well they deserve to die
and whatever it takes
theyre so bad that its worth a few joe schoes dying with em
too bad if they live too close to mr bad
and bring em in dead or alive
believe me
i bet theyd do it to us
so dont give em a chance
hell we need more executions
executions have always been good for civilization
and now theyre humane so what more could you want
and we need to examine ourselves more closely
look at each other….hmmmm
could that person be threatening my freedom
freedom needs protection
i need something big to protect myself with
i need to be able to nail any anti-liberty geezers right
fast
so they dont know whats hit em
and if the bad guys have got evil geniuses
we’ll get them n punish em, right?
hell no, we’ll get em working for us
they could come in handy
dreaming up new diseases and bombs
we could maybe use that against their own former side
you cant muck about where freedom concerned
actually freedom needs some tough guys to administrate it
to make sure a load of people arent ruining it
traditionally these sort of people have ruined freedom:
foreigners, intellectuals, drug users, the poor,
the heathens n barbarians, criminals, homosexuals
messiahs, peace-niks n beatniks, bohemians
activists, gypsies, homeless, hippies
ratbags, mutants etc etc
you get the picture dont ya?
these types dont appreciate liberty
and
thats that
in fact eventually
liberty n freedoms patience become strained
and liberty says to freedom
fuck it!
the other guys are playing dirty
so we should to..
torture em
kidnap em
chain em up
tie em down
make those bastards confess
this end does justify the means
these are violent times
we gotta be worse than them to defeat em
we gotta be badder than the bad guys to win
its a paradox to be sure
but whats a paradox to freedom
god wants us to be free
thats why we win almost all the wars
isnt it?
and things are great here in freeland aint they?
things are being looked after…
well not everything
fighting for freedom takes a lotta energy
so somethings gonna take some time to fix up
you never know what the weather might do
and whats that gotta do with freedom
the hospitals n schools can wait a little longer
and the poor….?
we’ll sort em out later
besides they wouldnt know freedom from a bar of soap
ha
they wouldnt know a bar of soap from a bar of soap
we just gonna have to do whats good for freedom
even if it means nothings free anymore
theres another paradox for ya
so what?
didja know that carrots scream when theyre murdered
ha ha ha

42 Responses to “arcana major”

  1. avatar
    mattdavison | 13 March 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    gZZZZZ. YOU ARE A BLOODY CLASSIC SOMETIMES KILLA…

    *still smerking…. Wilkins wants you on the today show (network 9) to sing “cows come home” can ya can ya..

  2. avatar
    John Garratt | 13 March 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    Someone once told me that lettuce does the same thing.

    John

  3. avatar
    JJ | 13 March 2007 at 9:35 pm #

    I’d like to be free from those self-appointed freedom protectors confiscating my freedom in the name of freedom.

    It’s insane over here in freeland. Good blogge. I’m free to read it, unless the NSA/CIA/FBI says I’m not.

  4. avatar
    mattdavison | 13 March 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    To those redneck rednecks

    ps. I seek no favour from Steve Kilbey.. I so using that silly word ‘sycophant” is redundent to me
    I am a druid not a perhap’s at most, a follower of real time non-fictional myth. that of a living legend living, in the future memory of time being…

    Steve would never find favour in me..we are too similar

    Lucky fucc-in me eh!!

    Matt D

  5. avatar
    veleska1970 | 13 March 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    **oooffff** the sarcasm in this one was quite painful. **ouch!!**

    freedom for carrots!! (but not for onions, though~~they’re too gross….)

  6. avatar
    Tim | 13 March 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    Fear is a powerfull thing my friend. Let’s keep the people afraid of anyone, anything. Who’s gonna protect the people? The government? Military?

  7. avatar
    Symon | 13 March 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    I wonder if the CIA, FBI, MI6, ASIO, ASIC, CBA, ANZ, NAB, CSR, PBL, ATO, AAMI can read le blogge….Isn’t it just a little bit strange how they all use 3 or 4 letter acronyms.(ps. I won’t say baddies in case they come knockin’)

    Aaaahhh…it wouldn’t matter anyway, cos they wouldn’t understand the paradox of “freedom without freedom”.

    Shalom…my friend

  8. avatar
    the dean | 13 March 2007 at 10:05 pm #

    maybe they’ve been carroted

  9. avatar
    Sunshine | 13 March 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    You’re killing me today, Killer. I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or be frightened.

    I think the eggplants and asparagus (asparagi?) are withholding information. I don’t trust them. Nothing that yucky in flavor and slimy in texture could be pro-freedom. String ’em up!

    Two words: “Freedom Fries.” If that isn’t the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is.

    ~Sunshine

  10. avatar
    fantasticandy | 13 March 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    ah,steve,
    what about ‘artistic’ freedom?
    do you need an ‘artistic licence’
    to practice it?
    does it involve starting your own
    record label by any chance?
    please feel free to answer
    these questions,
    if of course you can find some
    ‘free time’.
    keep on rocking in the free world,
    andy L.

  11. avatar
    Samosanx | 13 March 2007 at 10:31 pm #

    to the anon who put up a version of finding you; I say –
    I’m not keen on the slurred start to sentences but apart from that, it’s evocative and works (i’d shoot the video at 30fps in glycerine rain.)

    “Freedom”, cor, it’s a word that’s beginning to sound/mean like Lenny Bruce’s “nigga”; along with “respect”

    love carrots…all life is suffering

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 13 March 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    Matt,
    You & Steve are very different alright.
    Steve has a rare gift – you talk thru a hole in your arse.

  13. avatar
    stealthblue | 13 March 2007 at 10:40 pm #

    “HAIL FREEDONIA!!”

    What GWB sung before taking office the FIRST time: “If you think this country’s bad now, just wait’ll I get tru-wit-it!”

    It’s all Duck Soup, baby, Duck Soup…
    😉

  14. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 13 March 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    How did you extricate those thoughts from Dubya, Cheney and Rice?

  15. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 13 March 2007 at 10:57 pm #

    “we just gonna have to do whats good for freedom
    even if it means nothings free anymore”

    Very astute statement. I’ll paraphrase a great quote that I’ve posted before: “He who sacrafices essential freedoms in the name of safety deserves neither.

    Every government in existance has used such claims of “protecting your freedom” in order to oppress it and make it sound like a good thing while they do it. I couldn’t agree with you more on that, and good for you for pointing it out.

    At the same time, it is a fact that there ARE people who are actively plotting and engaging in suicide bombing buses of school children (just like yours), and bombing out little internet cafes full of people (just like the one you used to blog from). That doesn’t negate your outrage at those who respond to them and kill innocenets, but their existance & actions a fact nonetheless.

    In the face of that fact, if you were able to replace those crooked oppresive leaders you decry – what would you do in their place?

    If your task was to lead the way in protecting the people in your care, how would you address those who were truly out to kill others – and how would you do it without destroying any freedoms or oppressing anyone?

    It’s easy to be a dreamer, and a great thing as well. But one thing being a dreamer doesn’t require is the ability to make decisions or act for anyone else’s good. It also doesn’t require the intellectual honesty to deal with anything that is difficult or resolve those wrongs that you see.

    Now that we’ve heard you decry the wrongs – how would you replace those in the wrong, and do it right?

    Obviously you don’t HAVE to answer any of that. It would be worth hearing though, as I’ve never heard anyone who makes those complaints actually have an answer. Not saying that I do either though, but your the blogging genius with the answers 😉

    Thanks for another good blog.

  16. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 13 March 2007 at 10:58 pm #

    “It’s insane over here in freeland. Good blogge. I’m free to read it, unless the NSA/CIA/FBI says I’m not. “

    True enough. Look at the TSA if you have any doubts, or the Homeland Security monstrosity in the making.

  17. avatar
    CSTCoach | 13 March 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    yeah, “freedom fries” is one of the dumbest things i’ve ever heard.

    in my timid follow-along country i just heard talk of a new improved driver’s license that will conform with the national ID card that’s not an ID card (yeah, right) intended by our friends to the south.

    always keen to emulate, we got our own version of the so-called patriot act that allows us to lock people up without trial and without even saying why.

    whenever someone starts creating vocabulary that includes such laden words as “patriot act”, “homeland”, “evildoers” ect i start looking at emigration options and small inconspicuous islands…

    ryan

  18. avatar
    steve kilbey | 13 March 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    dear danny
    why are there no terrorists attacking sweden
    or canada
    or mexico
    etc
    could it be something to do with a certain countries attitude?
    so my simple blogging genius answer is:
    be nice to people…see what happens
    sk

  19. avatar
    the other steve | 13 March 2007 at 11:54 pm #

    You are just trying to be inflammatory. Don’t be intellectually lazy, Steve, just becuase a bunch of commenters applaud when you so much as fart dosen’t mean you are putting up a good argument or making a good point. You might as well just stamp your feet and say ‘blah, blah, blah….and it’s true because I said so!!’ Your a surface scratcher when it suits you….other times you demonstrate insight that is remarkable. If only you were as intellectually rigourous with all your outpourings.

  20. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 14 March 2007 at 12:03 am #

    “so my simple blogging genius answer is:
    be nice to people…see what happens”

    Haha, good one Steve! Thanks for answering, and it’s as good an answer as I could hope for. I guess in a sense it’s the only ‘right’ answer.

    My believe is that when we use our hearts, we decry these bad things that happen and decry those who respond to it in a harsh way. When we use our heads only, we use the hard ruthless method that will acheive the goal.

    When we use our hearts AND our heads at the same time, what happens? I doubt we’ll ever know because as far as I know it’s never happened on an international level. “You can’t keep back the killers with love, man”. Or can you? We’ll know for sure, if there ever comes a day when every man & woman on earth decides to go that path at the same time.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. I agree with all of the complaints you made in your blog, though I’m not sure a complete workable solution exists that covers all bases. Thanks again.

  21. avatar
    nv | 14 March 2007 at 3:31 am #

    dubyas got em wrapped around his crooked little finger
    they have coca cola
    he has coke
    and other white gods on speed dial
    because he says so

    fools on both sides of the pond ecstatic to buy into ol’ fallacy of killing as an express ticket to heaven

    what could one person in one day
    do about it
    we can still affect industries and agencies by what we buy to an extent
    dubya hasn’t made dollars worthless
    yet
    now I’m not under any delusion this will solve everything
    good place to start
    greenbacks for greenpeace maybe
    bite the hand that feeds you
    if it feeds you bullshit
    or whatever other type of shit they put in hamburgers
    don’t buy yer stuff from people who support death n destruction
    when possible
    know the piper you pay when you spend
    diamonds
    texas cattle ranchers
    petrol
    soul stripped malls

    do dangling carrots scream when they are murdered?

    ~nv

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 3:39 am #

    Wierd thing.. Just played Reptile on iPod followed straight after by Rescue (Echo and the Bunnymen). Very eerily similar opening few bars… hhhmmmmnnnn Reptile first bit, forward to Rescue first bit hhmmmnnn definitely not same but inspired by perhaps???

  23. avatar
    kat | 14 March 2007 at 3:43 am #

    freedom, by jimi hendrix, plays thru this head. ;] true, true, sk!!

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 4:11 am #

    “So if you can’t back down,
    But you love your friends,
    You might want to find
    A way to bring the killing to an end…”
    Hymn – Noctorum (MWP)
    – Kate

  25. avatar
    Keep on rockin' in the free world | 14 March 2007 at 5:09 am #

    Freedom’s just another word
    For nuthin’ left to lose
    Nuthin’ ain’t worth nuthin
    If it ain’t free

    Kris Kristofferson
    eerie… from Wikipedia…
    “Kristofferson’s father was an Air Force general who pushed his son toward a military career. …(but he became a Rhodes scholar, then….) Kristofferson ultimately joined the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of captain. In 1965, he resigned his commission to pursue songwriting. He had just been assigned to become a professor at West Point… He worked a variety of odd jobs while struggling to make it in the music business, burdened with expensive medical bills as a result of his son’s defective esophagus. He and his wife soon divorced.

    He got a job sweeping floors at Columbia Studios in Nashville. There he met Johnny Cash, who initially took some of his songs but ignored them…”

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 8:08 am #

    hi kilbs, I heard a track from your new lp on rn breakfast today – album of the week..apparently you’re going to be interviewed later in the week, look forward to it.
    xL

  27. avatar
    tarot princess | 14 March 2007 at 9:00 am #

    how could i resist earth king?

    The cards say you need to tackle the troublemaker at work and come to that solution. you can turn that jealousy/frustration into a positive thing. Life is demanding but you will be the winner soon as the tables are turned. Lovelife is good! Share your deepest doubts with your partner and friends and you will receive joy.

  28. avatar
    MEM | 14 March 2007 at 9:15 am #

    ..haa ha just lost my long ranting post. you all are safe. you give good blogg sk.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 11:59 am #

    I’m not sure why there are so many ” heavy ” topics in this blogge….. Why dontcha stick to what people like to hear about like some more stories about those dumb shirts on the cover of heydey…..

  30. avatar
    picture | 14 March 2007 at 12:26 pm #

    Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    i have ordered mimesis. and i am happy

    r.

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    interlude still gives me shivers
    what caused you to sell the blue fender coronado ,.. is there a story there?

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 14 March 2007 at 12:38 pm #

    I’m English.
    My family have all been English as far back as I’ve been able to trace em – that’s only 1831, but it’s a start. Not even a Scottish or Irish aunty or granny in there.
    I’ve never left the country so I’ve never had a passport.
    If I want a passport in future, I’ll have to be interviewed by some government dick who will decide if I’m English enough to deserve a passport. Then I’ll have to give em my fingerprints and DNA as if I’m a sex offender. Then I’ll have to get a middle class person to vouch that I am who I say I am – I’m working class, so someone of my own social status is not deemed to be good enough to vouch for this.
    If I refuse to submit to these humiliations, I will be refused a passport and will be refused permission to leave the country.
    Freedom?

  34. avatar
    gator | 14 March 2007 at 12:53 pm #

    “why are there no terrorists attacking sweden
    or canada
    or mexico
    etc
    could it be something to do with a certain countries attitude?”

    Canada, Mexico, and Sweden are all vastly more ethnically homogeneous than the 231-year-old Cultural Experiment known as the US. There’s something to that, that most folks don’t want to look at. In the next 20 years, look for increasing violence in these once-racially-pure places… the Islams are growing in Sweden, the Quebecois Question, and Mexico… well Mexico’s elite are exporting their criminal underclass to the big bad welfare state to the North. Mexico might be the place to go, for lefty artists. Just don’t piss off your masters, ’cause they got very little due process down that way. Ask Christy MacColl.

    /i don’t want to change the world
    //i’m just looking for a new England.

  35. avatar
    restaurant mark | 14 March 2007 at 1:03 pm #

    a little sarcasm today perhaps??? it does seem we’ve gotten very efficient in killing haven’t we? always a new and better way to “protect” us. hate to use quotes, but…yeah, we don’t seem to be coming up with new ways to promote freedom and liberty and happy stuff. but see…that makes me sound like some fucking hippy…aren’t i part of the problem then? granted the world’s in a difficult place, complicated times…but i think we’re just making it a lot worse.
    take care.

  36. avatar
    fawn | 14 March 2007 at 1:37 pm #

    If we start a carrot liberation movement, the way things are going here in Australia with activists, we’ll probably be taken to court and sued because sadly, free speech here in freedomland is not as free anymore. Speaking out against carrot cruelty -revealing the facts about the barbaric farming methods and handing out leaflets which have photos of people violently pulling the carrots out of the ground, is far too dangerous for the masses to know about.

  37. avatar
    davem | 14 March 2007 at 1:41 pm #

    Here in blighty CCTV follows you wherever you go. Supermarkets are better at reminding me thorugh “rewards” what I purchase than my shopping list is.
    Forms for this, forms for that. Gonna tax us by the mile as we travel. ‘Chips in passports. The list is endless.
    I don’t see how Mr Blair blowing the eff out of Iran has made me safer. I don’t recall voting for more war, he’s betrayed my trust. The tories are worse.

  38. avatar
    davem | 14 March 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    A bit premature there.
    Iran’s next year of course………

  39. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 14 March 2007 at 3:19 pm #

    “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes
    oppression.”

    — James Wilson Circa 1790

  40. avatar
    persephone2u | 14 March 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    Nice lil’ essay and to think I was discussing my personal idea of Utopia yesterday while walking through the park. Ignatius Reilly would’ve been proud, ha.

    Re: the poster commenting on the CCTV cams in blighty — it really is bad. Cams are everywhere you go and of course you have the speed cams everywhere as well. Everything in England seems to be monitored at the moment and it’s to the point over here that I almost feel that Blair is worse than Bush. I stupidly believed that Blair had ideals and morals and how wrong I was. Bush at least didn’t disappoint me since I already knew what I was going to get beforehand.

    Being in England I do miss America and while the government currently in charge is far from ideal, I miss the fact that you get paid much better in America for most jobs, they value innovation and creativity more and it’s much easier to get ahead in general there. Plus I miss Mexican food and lie in bed awake nightly salivating over the thought of enchiladas and refried beans. But this is the baby’s fault, not mine. :-}

    I could write a lengthy manifesto about my version of utopia but a few things that would happen if I were made dictator of my own colony:

    1. All artists would receive money from the government so that they could focus purely on their art and live well while making music/painting/writing or whatever it may be. I would say $50k a year would be fair. After all, where would The Beatles be now if they’d been forced to go work in an office somewhere because they couldn’t make music? We need appreciation of the arts and government support to help this along.

    2. Drugs would be legalized which would cut down on crime hugely as those looking for a fix wouldn’t be forced to rob people blind to get money for their drugs. And you can say bye bye to all the drug dealers, or at least most of them. The government is already pawning off pharmaceuticals to millions of innocent children for made up medical conditions, so why not allow natural drugs of the earth to be legalized instead and the profits could actually go towards something that I consider worthy.

    3. All new mothers would receive the same amount of money to be at home with their children as they did while they were working for the first 5 years of their children’s lives when 95% of brain growth occurs and bonding is crucial. Fathers would get one to two years off work as well, on fully paid leave, to bond with their offspring also.

    4. Welfare/council housing — whatever you want to call it — is an eyesore and does nothing whatsoever to inspire those living in it to do anything with their lives. These buildings must all be torn down completely and in their place beautiful houses/buildings with trees and statuary which at the very least will just look better to those driving around certain areas. In England poor live beside rich and you can’t escape the council houses. So change that all, bring in people to speak to those living in their homes about working up a plan to save money and to learn how to spend it wisely, and give the people there enough money to actually get a leg up and stay there so they feel there is hope and can escape their situation. Not only is it karmically good and kind, but it is also much better for society as a whole.

    5. People in the above situations, i.e. receiving money from the government would be paid every 6 months to not have children. This is simply because quite often some of these people have children only to receive benefits. This way they would be receiving more money to NOT have children which would actually save the government and society in the long run and there would be less unwanted children in the world and thus less crime in the future too. Also, the people in this position would be able to save the money they earn from the government to not have children to actually have them in the future when they’re on their feet again.

    6. Absolute freedom to practice the religion of your choice as long as you are not hurting anyone.

    7. Just like in Rome there should be gorgeous displays of art all around the city and this is a very important thing. Beautiful objects make you think beautiful thoughts. Oscar Wilde would surely approve.

    8. Public schools as we know them would be abolished. Parents could homeschool without any interference from the government and if they wanted to send their children to school they would be given money to send them to the private schools of their choice, and of course many more private schools would have to be created. Only exceedingly enthusiastic teachers that love children would be allowed to work and they would be paid handsomely for their efforts. No more than 10 children in each classroom so each child gets proper attention and a great education.

    These are all dreams, tis true, but who could possibly complain about a government that allows its citizens to think, rewards talent, pays well and treats its citizens kindly?

  41. avatar
    John Garratt | 14 March 2007 at 8:35 pm #

    You can order Mimesis?

    I’m still waiting for “El Momento Sig” to drop to a reasonable price.

    John Garratt

  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 16 March 2007 at 12:04 am #

    Another thinly-veiled brittle attack on Americans. I never believed you are a genius. Now I know your IQ is below or teetering at average, Ho hum C+. You even believe that bullshit Al Gore is spouting. That is a good indication of what a fraud you are. Hook, line and sinker. Those who need a cuase to believe in are the most easily manipulated.

    I invite you to go give yourself an honest fucking in front of the mirror. Open invitation.


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