Liberty vs. Leviathan

Chronicling Liberty's battle against Leviathan

Rockin’ Surfers and Röpke

Several years ago I became a Switchfoot fan when I heard “This is Your Life”. Since then, one of my sons has joined the club, learning much of their music on guitar and bass and even letting the “old man” tag along with him to a concert. What I like about their music even more than their style (Remember, “its got a good beat and easy to dance to”?) is that their lyrics are introspective and searching without resorting to hopelessness. There’s often a dissatisfaction with the way things are, but along with the dissatisfaction, a view towards something higher. From what I can tell this stems from their Christian faith.

Now, I have no idea if Jon Foreman has read Röpke or not, but he might like to. “American Dream”, one of my favorites, is a rejection of the mass society and mass democracy that Röpke warned of in A Humane Economy.  And while I can’t imagine Röpke going along with this style of music, I can’t help but wonder if he would chime in with the sentiment.

I want out of this machine
It doesn’t feel like freedom

This ain’t my American dream
I want to live and die for bigger things
I’m tired of fighting for just me
This ain’t my American dream

(Complete lyrics here)


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