Spoken out Liberalism before its’ time?
Shedding light on Lydia Lunch's perspective of liberalism without first understanding the ideology behind being a liberalist beats-down the idea of gaining knowledge. A liberalist or one who believes in liberalism is a person who has (sometimes) extreme opinions about the governmental ethics and its’ consequences on the average American, even believing that government policies are targeted at harming the average civilian.
Lydia Lunch is no stranger to airing her views in a not-so-subtle way and caring less about who gets caught in the cross fire. Her opinions on sex, politics and music were quite not what her listeners usually expected, but then that's Lydia for you, not one to care about sentiments. She was always keen on getting people to understand that though she preaches a lot of ideas, she was not trying to promote a philosophy or ideology, but just expressing her anger at those things which pisses her off. As a liberalist, she is known to speak for the general human breed and focuses on what angers her about the notion of the human race supposedly being run by men and seeing women as second to none, so call her a feminist if you want.
Before Liberalism was Mainstream
Liberalism wasn't as dominant in the 80’s and 90’s which coincidentally was the era of Lydia's prolific humanism. She termed the government idealism as a 'cockocracy', pinpointing the notion that it was only run by men and since women didn't run any corporations, they were never in the limelight of politics, thus believing that women were being victimized by the government. She feels as though she's called to speak-out for those individuals (men and women alike) who feel like their shouts weren't being heard through the cockocracy. She was an advocate for gun possession, and felt having a loaded 357 (her favorite gun) at night to protect yourself was your idea of being safe, no one should be able to stop you. On the flip side- she believed the ‘American Dream’ was just a facade which ended up causing more harm than good, as Americans believed they were number one; perfect, rich, sophisticated and of course- White.
A perfect America in her opinion was practically non-existent, as she believes this ideology of being the perfect place- forced average men and women to feel very small, and this in her terms was bullying. Come to think of it, the incarceration rate during the late 70’s and early 80’s was alarmingly high, NYC populations too high with many homeless people, wages being very low -and all these lent to a very shaky and unstable society. There was a lot of drug abuse, alcohol, sexual abuse, and all these led to much gun violence that ensued. Many people do not know about the crime-wave stories of Alphabet City which served as the basis of many stories for the TV show “Law and Order”.
However Lunch was of the opinion that young men and women weren't just born with murderous instincts; but a lot of them were brainwashed into thinking the government was their protector and when this didn't work out for them, it was only natural that they took the law into their own hands. Lydia further describes that- many ‘vices’ were indirectly created by the government, the government was also at fault for these scenarios to take place. And though the kind of audience she attracts are actually people who don't dare to speak out, suddenly felt their voices were not loud enough to be heard.
Conclusion on the matter?
Lydia Lunch calls herself an artist, which is usually how labels often get branded. Her lifestyle sheds light on how she drew attention to the ‘blame factor’, which in itself is flawed and filled with cliché. She herself has spent a better part of her performance years ranting over annoying points of her life and how she perceived an overcrowded poor district that evolved into a style of living. Her anger against President Ronald Reagan is unsupported with massive holes in her stance against the so-called Cockocracy and ‘only men in charge’ ideology. Yet she is an open page on her sexual exploits and a gun supporter, which additionally gives the image of a Robin Hood outlaw of sorts.
Is this really Liberalism- you might ask?
This is where time itself has influenced the myth and mystery of an artist movement that has been blown out of proportion. Modern Millennial Liberalists who know very little of the 1980’s NYC Punk scene know even less of the No Wave scene… However Lunch is no stranger to self-promotion of her artistic efforts and the products that she sells next to them, further signaling to obvious viewers that business comes first. Call her anything you want, since Lydia redefines modern day liberalism in more ways than one- people these days may not know any different.