Released on this day in ’79 Zappa’s target was, according to some sources, motivated by the banning of music in revolutionary Iran. The target we do know Zappa had in mind was the ascendancy of the fundamentalist Right of the ’80s and the idiotic PMRC proposal . . . but now the target is more appropriately applicable to the regressive Left. They are clearly on the back foot if one observes their lack of skepticism and critical thinking, pat virtue-signaling, pettiness, arrogance, literalism, lazy meaningless name-calling — revealing themselves to be humourless veriphobic authoritarians — despite their ostensible sophistication. Whichever butt-wipe becomes POTUS I think that our modern day Shakespearean fools such Lenny Bruce, Zappa, George Carlin, Peter Cook, Christopher Hitchens, and others would have been thoroughly entertained by what’s going down. Though these people are no longer with us, we now do have a loose coalition of luminaries such as Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Susan Haack, Douglas Murray, Glenn Lowry, John McWhorter, Richard Dawkins, Gad Saad, Maajid Nawaz, Hazem Farraj, Christina Sommers, Jonathan Haidt, Peter Boghossian and a raft of other fearless and clear thinking evidence-based LIBERALS pushing back. Whatever else I disagree with them on and what they lack in numbers, they more than adequately make up for with insight, ability and most importantly intellectual honesty: check out the bloody nose the regressives received earlier this year. One could sense that they thought the outcome of the debate was a shoo-in — so the victory was ever so sweet. One can tell that the regressives are circling the wagons with “journalism”, for the most part, being complicitous in their disingenuousness and their collective self-inflicted downfall.
Eventually it was discovered, that God did not want us to be all the same. This was Bad News for the Governments of The World, as it seemed contrary to the doctrine of Portion Controlled Servings. Mankind must be made more uniformly if The Future was going to work. Various ways were sought to bind us all together, but, alas, same-ness was unenforceable. It was about this time, that someone came up with the idea of Total Criminalization. Based on the principle, that if we were all crooks, we could at last be uniform to some degree in the eyes of The Law. […] Total Criminalization was the greatest idea of its time and was vastly popular except with those people, who didn’t want to be crooks or outlaws, so, of course, they had to be Tricked Into It… which is one of the reasons, why music was eventually made Illegal.
– Joe’s Garage Acts II & III liner notes