Some will say, we need to build a bigger tent. We need to be more accepting and moderate. The only criteria should be that they are fed up with the two-party system. [Although Gary and Bill kinda break that rule when they talk about Hillary.]
When it comes to pitching a big tent, no one comes close to Songs of Freedom. It did not matter what a musician’s political views were. If they wanted to sing about freedom, they were on the album. Even if they weren’t even singing about freedom, they were on the album. Songs of Freedom had liberals, conservatives, anarchists, voluntaryists… You name it, it was probably on Songs of Freedom.
Not just musicians. Songs of Freedom supported any and every liberty and liberty-ish page they came across in their liberty street team missions. They had Occupy Democrats and TEA Party Express. It just goes to show that libertarians can find points of agreement with everyone.
But Songs of Freedom never got anywhere close to the popularity already established by Punk Rock Libertarians, even though Punk Rock Libertarians fully supported the project from the beginning. Why? Because Punk Rock Libertarians actually say something. Punk Rock Libertarians have a consistent message. Punk Rock Libertarians call out the fakes and the phonies. Punk Rock Libertarians tell you it like it is.
Not to say Songs of Freedom didn’t stand for anything. Songs of Freedom stood for free speech and sharing of ideas. But people want principles. They want your controversial take on current events. That’s what Punk Rock Libertarians do. They do not hold punches. They built a definitive brand. They’ve also had the same profile pic on Facebook since forever. And it doesn’t seem like a big pile of marketing bleh. There’s no “Share this and like that.”
Don’t get me wrong, Songs of Freedom was great for what it was. While there is a low threshold for quality or rather a non-existing one, it still attracted a lot of talented musicians. You can still find the compilations on Google Drive at the Songs of Freedom Wiki at Wikia. Someone even cobbled some of the comps together with the audiobook version of Adam Kokesh’s book Freedom. Honestly, these can be really great outreach tools if you use them right. [Just be sure to explain to people to fast-forward to find songs they like.] You should check it out if you haven’t.
But if you want to build a following, focus on what you love, say what you want to say, and mean what you say. That’s the Punk Rock Libertarian difference.