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Whaddya mean, 'I don't support the system'?
I go to court when I have to
MEGADETH, "Peace Sells"

I was walkin' through the city streets
And a man walks up to me and hands me the latest energy drink
'Run faster, jump higher!'
'Man, I'm not gonna let you poison
You must think I'm a joke!
I ain't gonna be part of your system!
Maaaannnn, pump that garbage in another man's veins!
The Lonely Island, "Threw It On the Ground"

We are not your kind of people
You seem kind of phony
Everything's a lie
We are not your kind of people
Something in your makeup
Don't see eye to eye
We are not your kind of people
Don't want to be like you, ever in our lives
We are not your kind of people
We fight when you start talking
There's nothing but white noise
Garbage, "Not Your Kind of People"

I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
Aldous Huxley, Those Barren Leaves

People've been telling me how things work down here - telling me the rules. You know what? Your rules suck.

Mildred: Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?
Johnny: Whadda you got?

Walter: Sir Integra! I apologize, I tried to stop [Alucard]! But when I pleaded with him, he merely responded with, mind my French (No offense)...
Pip: Some taken.
Walter: ..."Fuck the police." He then proceeded to tilt every painting he passed on the way here.

We all had the money to get in—it only costs a quarter if you're not in a car—but Dally hated to do things the legal way. He liked to show that he didn't care whether there was a law or not. He went around trying to break laws.

It was long ago, so very long — And we were so new — fragile and scared — But we found — found warmth — protection — — A delight of our own — — One that let us defy the dark, rebel against it — — to hold it back, to laugh in its face — And I think I began to understand, then. In a blink, I saw it all. The music, the human spirit... ...The joy in making something that said "HERE I AM! I WILL NOT BE AFRAID, NOT EVEN IN THIS DARKNESS!"
The Broken Man, Astro City #46

"Seventeen and you can't stop me
Seventeen and you won't boss me
You cannot control me, Father
Daddy's girl's a fucking monster!"
Shilo Wallace, Repo! The Genetic Opera


The sound of a polka drifted from my neighbor's
And set my feet a-tapping oh!
Ieva's mother had her eye on her daughter but
Ieva she managed to fool her, you know.
'Cause who's going to listen to mother saying no
When we're all busy dancing to and fro!
—The first verse of Ievan Polkka, (Yes, that one.) translated.

Real Life

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

When I mount the scaffold at last these will be my farewell words to the sheriff: Say what you will against me when I am gone, but don’t forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything.
H. L. Mencken, 1922

The guy's face is shorthand for 'I'm against the status quo.' He's politics' answer to James Dean, a rebel with a very specific cause.
David Segal on Che Guevara, The Washington Post

For me, the only danger is a tendency to drift toward the center... I’m not a courtier; I’m a critic — something most people who consider power exciting find difficult to understand.
Gore Vidal (1969)

When the Conservatives were in, I cannot tell you how much I hated them. But I realise how shallow I am because I now hate the Labour Party as much.

I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.
Noam Chomsky

The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn't interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative.

I never fit in. I am a true alternative. And I love being the outcast. That's my role in life, to be an outcast.

I had Birkenstocks in high school. I was that guy. And I was sure that those people on the other side of the political spectrum [the right] were trying to control my life. And then I went to Boulder and got rid of my Birkenstocks immediately, because everyone else had them and I realized that [liberals] want to control my life too.

That movie had some enjoyable moments. I remember the flight deck was on a sound stage and there was a big sign that said NO DRINKING, NO SMOKING AND NO EATING ON SET. At one point I looked over and Harrison was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee, which I thought was hilarious. I could never get the image out of my head.

And I thought my mother was hardcore. I grew up without sugar, white bread or anything else remotely unhealthy. We were given fucking carrot sticks and tomato juice for snacks. NASTY! We became so hard-up for sugar that we would make sugar water and raw oatmeal with sugar in it. That kind of diet shit can backfire. I may have been healthy when I was a child, but now I eat chocolate cookies for breakfast because of it. Shhh! I put milk in the cookies. That makes it okay and healthy.

Over the years, I've searched for a deeper subtext that could be used to tie the splintered shards of Nina's genre defying appearance and music together. I'll say this much - at the heart of Nina's shtick is the concept of Rebellion Against Authority. You may say, 'Gee, Wil, 'Rebellion Against Authority' is such a vague, ethereal concept you could apply it to pretty much anyone in the rock and roll biz. It sounds like you're just saying that as a quick way to finish up this article so you head downtown to meet that call girl you've got an appointment with.' But I reply, 'Hold on there, grasshopper.' Maybe you could apply it to anyone, but I firmly believe this concept holds special credence in Nina's life. You ever heard the theory that the harder you hold someone down the more they'll fight back? Well, consider this: Nina was born into state mandated conformity when she was birthed in East Berlin in 1955. (On top of that, her grandparents fell victim to one of the worst forms of oppression in history, dying in the concentration camps of World War II.) She grew up bouncing around in various state sponsored death cam— uhh, educational facilities, including the catchy sounding 'Central Bureau of Entertainment Music.' As such, it's no surprise that she's spent her artistic career revolting against conformity in the outrageous ways that she has. Unlike a lot of American artists who were big on rebellion but really didn't have much to rebel against, Nina had lived under one of the more oppressive regimes of the 20th century and as a result had plenty to rise up against. No rebel without a cause here.

It is (Robert) Holmes who showed us what it is that drives the Doctor to fight.

There were always many possible answers to that question. Most of them were dumb and boring. If the matter had been left to Terry Nation the answer would have essentially been 'Nazis,' assuming he wasn't lazy and didn't say "space monsters.' Terrence Dicks, for all his adventuring charm, would have picked a very generic sense of evil. Far too many writers would have picked something like 'ignorance' or 'superstition.' But not Robert Holmes. Oh no.

Robert Holmes picked bureaucracy. He set the Doctor against rules for their own sake. He set the Doctor against bullies and boredom and everything drab and banal. Robert Holmes decided that the mercurial hero who is the Doctor should, first and foremost, fight against the banality of evil. There are many things that are brilliant about Doctor Who - the likability of a clever and unpredictable hero, the flexibility of the format, several of the monsters and concepts. But in the end, this is, I think, what made the show great. The fact that it is a profoundly delightful blow against the cruelty of 'the way things are.'


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