Practical Conservatism, I Guess

This little clip is a gentle reminder that, although Zappadan is celebrated by a cadre of “liberal” bloggers, Frank Zappa’s politics were not always so cut and dried. Zappa considered himself a businessman before anything else and believed (rightly so, I reckon) that he would not be able to do what he did unless he could make money at it. True things, all. As this clip reminds us, though, Zappa also thought of himself as management, and he was not fond of (nor, I think did he actually understand) unions.

Zappa railed for and against many of the right things politically, standing against the Ray-gunner, against religious hypocrisy, against censorship, yadda yadda yadda. But when it came to the issue of labor, which is, in my estimation, one of the most central and salient political issues of all, Zappa did not consider himself to be on the side of labor.

Or, rather, he thought they all should “stick together.” Meaning that all laborers should agree with him. Ride this out until 3:20 and you’ll hear the song.

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