Ghost Will Make Your Inner Satanist and Your Inner Catholic “Come Together”

This Power Pop Metal band from Sweden will win your heart (and steal your soul).


The Swedish band Ghost performed in Berlin yesterday. Performed superbly. What a performance it was! The venue „Huxley’s Neue Welt“ was quite full but not overly crowded. It made for decent sound and light, not a given in some Berlin venues. Even without their acclaimed pyro show Ghost killed it.

Ghost are a curious thing. They hail Satan just as much as your everyday black metal band. But Ghost do it in style. Papa Emeritus III, the singer, and the five „Nameless Ghouls“, the musicians, have made devil worshipping more accessible than ever before. Their catchy tunes, attractive lyrics, immaculate showmanship, and a colorful stage show make them the Catholic church of Satanism. It doesn’t matter how much you actually believe in it, as long as you go along with the rituals and pay your respect to the clergy. It is no coincidence that they borrow heavily from Catholicism and nothing from all-work-no-play Protestantism.

Are you on the square?
Are you on the level?
Are you ready to swear right here right now
Before the devil?

The Nameless Ghouls

When the band opened with Square Hammer, there was no doubt: The nameless ghouls in their uniform outfits and devilish masks are true performers. Not only do they know how to play their instruments, each of the faceless musicians moves like a world class rock star. Shredding along with each other ZZ-Top style, switching positions and playing artistic tricks with their instruments. They know all the tricks, they do them flawlessly and it’s just a joy to watch.

Papa Emeritus III

The anonymous head of the anonymous band is Papa Emeritus III. His grand gestures range from Drag Queen to Mussolini and all of them are perfectly appropriate (especially when they are inappropriate). He cockily struts around the stage, points fingers, musters the audience and — in his very unique androgynous fashion — orders the crowd to applaud the Nameless Ghouls after their solos. The faithful do as ordered.

Come together, 
together as one.
Come together, 
for Lucifer’s son.

Before Ghost closed with their hymn to the female orgasm Come Together, as they always do, Papa Emeritus spoke at length of the importance of the topic. He made all the men solemnly swear to make a female orgasm happen later that night and asked the ladies to patient with the first hapless attempts.

Musical Performance

Granted, the proclaimed occultist band around Papa Emeritus III uses its fair amount of playback. But it works. And that’s what counts if you truly want to enjoy yourself at a concert.

As the great Metal and Hard Rock Bands age, Ghost have been hailed as one of the big hopes to headline future festivals and if you were this seems more than reasonable.

If Ghost ever play near you, you’re up for great show, a bit of tongue in cheek satanism and you appreciate the female orgasm: go for it.

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Sorry for Not Posting

We Were Busy in Prague at LibertyCon

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Apologies to all our readers for missing Friday’s, Saturday’s and today’s FTN Daily Edition. We couldn’t finish them for a good reason.

We were busy working at LibertyCon 2017 in Prague.

The conference was a blast. We met many of our readers and interviewed very interesting people.

Our regularly scheduled FTN Daily Editions start reappearing on Tuesday. In the following weeks we will also publish our interviews as we finish producing and editing them.

Thank you for your interest and support!
The FTN Team

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AküFi

Die radikale Linke im Jahr 2017. Grell überzeichnet.

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08:00 — Dani [1], 24, SoWi-studierender autonomer Antifa, träumt in seinem Bett in der F-Hainer WG von einer Welt, in der Mollis auf Nazis fliegen.

09:55 — Dani erwacht. Zuerst ein Blick in den Stressi [2] um zu sehen, was der Tag so bringt.

11:00 — Transpis malen für die nächste Soli-Demo zum Kotti.

14:00 — Für ebendiese Demo einen Lauti organisieren.

15:17 — Plenum mit dem Orga-Team.

15:18 — Debatte darüber, wie damit umzugehen ist, wenn Anti-Imps und Anti-D’s sich über Palis streiten.

19:00 — Das Plenum ist vorbei, die Frage weiter offen. Ab zur KüfA

21:00 — Von seinem Läppi postet Dani einen bösen Tweet, wie die Polizei es wagen kann, ein Wort wie Nafri zu benutzen. ACAB!


  1. Wenn ich schon einen klischeebehafteten Strohmann (pardon: Strohmensch) aufbaue, kann er ruhig meinen eigenen Namen tragen. Austeilen, einstecken und so.
  2. Eine Berliner Institution: http://www.stressfaktor.squat.net

Watching Rogue One as a Libertarian

If the Left and Right watch movies politically — so can we.

Photo: StarWars.com

Not surprisingly, anyone and everyone else has an opinion on the new Star Wars movie Rogue One. As it has become en vogue to complain at length what the big clickbaity problem with a movie is, Freedom Today will not follow suit.

Last Tuesday I went to see Rogue One, expecting lots of offense.

The alt-right and loony left have already complained about virtually everything in a Star Wars movie. MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris Perry once famously decried the depiction of Darth Vader as racist against blacks on live TV. And it doesn’t take much digging to find an equally unhinged allegation of racism against whites.

The bar would be quite high for an equally loony, libertarian critique of Rogue One. But we don’t do loony here at Freedom Today.


Mild spoilers ahead

Rogue One is more rugged than other Star Wars movies. The violence hurts more. There is a true Han shot first moment. The good guys have more dirt, more depth, more things they’re “not proud of”. I highly recommend Matthew Gault’s review of Rogue One for War is Boring on that aspect.

And the empire is darker than ever. We do see civilians before they are killed by the empire in a genocidal attack. Darth Vader has very little screen time, that is used very well. The Sith lord formerly known as Anakin is a very effective killer and intimidator, after all.

The space battle is simply impressive. As the rebel fleet engages the empire in pursuit of a clearly defined tactical goal and takes heavy losses, you actually understand what is going on with all the ships buzzing around.

The film ditches a lot of clichéd baggage. There is certainly romance between the protagonists, but no kissing. No removed politicking. Still, an overdramatic speech section in the middle reminds us that this is still Star Wars.

But most impressive about Rogue One is that it is a movie about responsibility like nothing else from the Star Wars franchise. Jynn Erso, Cassian Andor and the other rebels take a lucky shot at the empire, knowing that they will very likely lose a lot.

They win — at the highest prize. Remarkably, they are fully aware of the odds (there are few droid-calculates-the-odds gags, of course) when they attempt to steal the Death Star plans. They take a one way ticket into the belly of the beast.

Like David French of National Review I wanted to stay in the cinema for A New Hope and see how it its stands on the groundwork laid by Rogue One.

Responsible Sci-Fi

I’ve never seen a mainstream film that illustrates the risk so well. Even if that happens only for continuity reasons (not to create loose ends).

If Rogue One has a libertarian message it is this: If you truly want to do something (about a tyrannical government, for example) you, not others, have to take responsibility and risk everything. You will suffer and you may have to give up everything just to give others a fighting chance.

Or more abstractly: Every action has its very real consequence. Someone needs to take it risk and — if necessry — bear the consequences.

Certainly, no movie can properly teach us what we do not already know. Their first purpose is to entertain. But Rogue One manages to make the point about responsibility while being a highly entertaining, sometimes innovative, movie. And that’s good.

Das totale Herz als Hirntod

Moralische Positionen gegen allgemeine, abstrakte Regeln

Tim Marshall

Diskussionen nach Tragödien sind zum Verzweifeln. Mitunter ertappe ich mich dabei, mehr an ihnen zu leiden, als am vorangehenden Unglück. Seit dem mörderischen Terroranschlag vom Breitscheidplatz wird wird in Ecken des Internets Stimmung gemacht, die mir näher sind, als mir lieb ist.

In einem Fall wird in einem nicht öffentlichen Facebook-Post behauptet, dass Politik und Medien die Identität der Opfer vom Breitscheidplatz aus niederträchtigen Gründen geheim hielten.

„Ich stelle die These auf, dass wir nichts über die Opfer erfahren und dies politisch gewollt ist. […] Hätten die Opfer Gesichter und Namen, dann würden wir deren Schicksale mit viel grösserer Anteilnahme wahrnehmen, mitleiden, mittrauern, mitverzweifeln, mitweinen, mitzürnen.“

As juristische Spitzfindigkeit abgetan wird mein Einwand, dass die Opfer und Hinterbliebenen zuvorderst einen Anspruch auf Schutz ihrer Privatsphäre haben, hinter dem das Sensationsinteresse der Öffentlichkeit zurückzustehen hat, dass ihnen der Weg an die Öffentlichkeit immer noch offen steht. Dass Pressekodex und Persönlichkeitsrecht so einem Anliegen entgegen stehen.

Schlussendlich wird nach einigem Hin und Her (das im Einzelnen wiederzugeben müßig wäre) bekräftigt, widerlich sei vor allem „die Entmenschlichung der Opfer durch Anonymisierung“.

Da werden die Portraits der Ermordeten wie Trophäen gesammelt, wie Panini-Bildchen der Pseudobetroffenheit.

Dass deutsche Behörden und Medien die Opfer nicht der Öffentlichkeit für als Trauer verbrämte Wohlfühl-Rituale zur Verfügung stellen, “bedrückt mich und in meinem Herzen spüre ich siebenmal Leere”, wird an anderer Stelle schlagerparadenreif beklagt.

Diese Unsitte, das Leiden Dritter für den eigenen Distinktionsgewinn in der jeweiligen Horde zu verzwecken, hat aus der akademischen Linken auch auf Kreise übergegriffen, die mal als liberal-konservativ galten.

Diesen rechtschaffen Wähnenden ist vorzuwerfen, dass sie „Betroffenheitsmasturbation und Leidens-Voyeurismus“ betreiben. Passend dazu bringen sie im Gegenzug eine Betroffenheits-Heulboje par excellence in Anschlag: „Katrin Göring-Eckardt würde jetzt schreiben: mir ist sehr kalt.“

Der Keis ist komplett. Fast alle wollen dass sich die Gesellschaft nach ihren eigenen emotionalen Impulsen richtet, statt nach allgemeinen und abstrakten Regeln. Jene, die den zweifelnden, abwägenden, mit sich stets ringenden demokratischen Entscheidungsprozess gegen die Totale des Gefühls eintauschen wollen, sägen — vielleicht unabsichtlich — an den Pfeilern der offenen Gesellschaft.

Nichts gegen die Leidenschaft. Sie ist notwendig.

Doch wo in ihrem Namen die Vernunft ausgelöscht werden soll; wo „mitleiden, mittrauern, mitverzweifeln, mitweinen, mitzürnen“ und „siebenmal Leere“ das Mitdenken ersetzen: Wie sollen dort noch angemessene Antworten gefunden werden?

Dann rammt die Leidenschaft alle Zweifel aus ihrer Bahn und wer die Leidenschaft steuert, steuert den Rest.

Was kann die Ratio gegen das derart totale Herz noch ausrichten?

Berlin hatte 15 Jahre lang Glück

Zeit, dem Djihadismus zu begegnen.

Jedes Mal wenn der Djihadismus irgendwo Blut vergoß, stand die Frage im Raum: Warum nicht Deutschland, warum nicht Berlin? In den 15 Jahren seit dem Terror vom 11. September 2001 schien die deutsche Hauptstadt immun gegen den Djihad. 15 Jahre lang profitierten wir vom Ruf als Rückzugsraum, vom schieren Glück und auch vom Können der Sicherheitsbehörden.

Das ist vorbei.

Was in der letzten Nacht auf dem Breitscheidplatz geschah, ist nach den bekannten Indizien der erste operativ erfolgreiche Anschlag djihadistischer Terroristen in Deutschland. Ein Mann überfuhr mir einem LKW dutzende Menschen, tötete dabei mindestens zwölf und verletzte viele mehr.

Dieses Vorgehen wurde von palästinensischen Teroristen gegen israelische Zivilisten eingeführt und wurde auch im Juli in Nizza angewandt, als Mohamed Bouhlel, Aktivist des Islamischen Staates, 86 Menschen ermordete und hunderte verletzte.

Djihadismus als Motiv liegt nach dem aktuellen Kenntnisstand über den Täter am nächsten.

Mit der Debatte über Flucht und Migration, mit einem dreiviertel Jahr bis zur Bundestagswahl und mit ausgerechnet einem Weihnachtsmarkt als Ziel ist auch klar, was der Täter erreichen wollte: Hass, Mistrauen und schlussendlich Krieg.

Solche Täter lassen uns wissen, dass sie ihrem Gegenüber nur die Wahl zwischen Kampf und Unterwerfung lassen. Die Nachricht “bekämpft uns oder unterwerft Euch” wird so lange mit dem Blut Unschuldiger auf unsere Straßen geschrieben bis wir uns unterwerfen oder kämpfen.

Der djihadistische Terror richtet sich auch gegen das Zusammenleben der vielen Muslime, die ihre Religion nicht politisch aufladen.

US-Präsident George W. Bush wurde nach den Anschlägen vom 11. September 2001 nicht müde zu betonen, dass die Front nicht zwischen dem Westen und der islamischen Welt verläuft, sondern zwischen Moderaten und Extremisten.

Die Täter und Hintermänner des Anschlags wollen den Krieg um jeden, wirklich jeden, Preis. Zuerst müssen wir anerkennen, dass dieser Krieg tobt. Den Kampf führen schon die vielen Muslime, die Kräfte der Mäßigung, die vom Djihadismus bedroht sind.

Der Fehdehandschuh ist ihnen und uns nach etlichen Warnungen nun in der letzten Nacht vor die Füße geworfen worden. Sie sind bereits Verbündete, unterstützen wir sie gegen die Hassprediger in ihrer Kultur und stellen wir uns auch gegen unsere eigenen.

ESFL just launched LibertyCon

The event formerly known as “European Students for Liberty Conference”

Photo: Sons of Libertas

European Students for Liberty (ESFL) just announced that their yearly “European Students for Liberty Conference” (ESFLC) and its regional variants got rebranded as “LibertyCon”.

Thousands of students and activists attended these conferences in the last years as the global liberty movement picked up speed. The slightly cumbersome title prompted the organizer to streamline the name and rebrand the events.

Michal Šindlář, Events & Communications Associate for ESFL, said in an Email:

The new branding should reflect on all the changes that the ESLFC has gone through over the course of the last 5 years.

It includes a shorter and easy to remember name as well as a new logo and key visuals that represent our most important value — liberty.

This is the next step towards branding consistency. We plan to change only the secondary visual elements related to the conference theme every year. Everything else will remain the same.

The ESFLC has alway been a unique project and unique it shall remain. We believe this change will help us create stronger and sustainable branding, to amplify our message and make the mission of the conference more comprehensible.

The first Conference with the name #LibertyCon will take place March 17th to 19th, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. Under the headline #letsshare, it will focus on sharing economy, technology and the future.

Freedom Today Network is an official media partner.

Read ESFL’s announcement here and check out the LibertyCon website here.

Let’s Be Grateful for the Mess We Are in

If it looks stupid but works — it’s not stupid.

Embrace the suck.

Photo: Ricardo Viana

If you’re annoyed with those many dissenting opinions, take a moment. Indeed, many (if not most) of the positions in public debate are wrong, stupid, and sometimes even harmful. From the good to the bad to the ugly all those voices in sum make up public discourse. Discourse needs dissenting opinions.

Yes, it can be tiring listening and replying to idiots. When we want to despair over the cacophony that is public discourse in an open society, let’s remind ourselves what is so great about this cacophony: The fact that it exists.

Despite its ugliness, our liberal democratic system can test ideas in the public forum and weed out the bad ones. Of course that requires the very pillars to be protected against those seeking to implement the worst ideas. But there is no point in keeping people from voicing them.

If we are allowed only to voice opinions in a predefined corridor we lose our ability to discover better ones. Then we end up in North Korea.

Yes, the colorful choice of opinions is rarely pretty. The consequences of not having this choice are still uglier. Where people are officially punished for any difference from the norm, everyone suffers.

Scientific, social and economic progress ultimately suffers where speech is not free.

It’s good not to live in North Korea with its sterile and boring public discourse. Let’s remember this and be grateful for living in this messy open society.


I didn’t come up with this. but I was recently reminded of it, when this thought popped up on my Facebook timeline (my translation from German, slightly edited for readability):

“How to tell which system you live in.

If you live in a country where people

  • abuse the government,
  • condemn the system,
  • complain about the conditions,
  • lament,
  • protest,
  • publicly defame their political opponents,
  • spend a lot of time trying to show their political opponents the stupidity of their ways,
  • argue whether the worst offenders are in politics, business, or the media,
  • behave in spite of high prosperity as if they were starving,

then you are probably living in a democracy.

If you live in a country where cheerful people

  • go to work more joyfully,
  • are dancing and singing,
  • are expressing their joy that their beneficent system provides so kindly and wisely for them,
  • hold hands in a chorus of harmony,
  • praise the goodness and cleverness of the political leadership,

then you probably live in North Korea.”


Nailed it.

Should I Write an Open Letter About How Hard My Life is?

Of course not.

Photo: Helloquence

Writing open letters to everyone seems a favorite pastime of millennials. These letters address a whole range of recipients and issues and they receive a good bit of attention.

Take, for example, this piece by talia jane: “An Open Letter To My CEO”. Talia describes in painstaking detail how hard her life is. Having an entry level position. Barely getting by in a city like San Francisco. All that while the CEO is quite wealthy. Publishing this got her fired and 1350 written responses — many of them enthusiastically supportive, some negative, others more balanced.

Talia’s letter just serves to illustrate how these many open letters work. This piece looks at these letters in general. There are letters to white writers, letters about sexual stereotypes in pop culture, more letters to CEOs, letters to design students, and even, I kid you not, open letters responding to open letter responses. The open letter is the opinion format de jour.

The most intriguing of those open letters come from the same genre that our example piece, erm… exemplifies. The complaint. The accusation. The decrying of injustice suffered, some real, some imagined. I’d like to call it the open complaint letter.

So let us examine the open complaint letter as such, shall we?


Lazy Letters

Open complaint letters are symptoms of a certain laziness. Not that laziness is bad, per se. Still, open complaint letters touch many subjects, yet they rarely lead to any meaningful change. Why are they so damn popular?

They’re easy to write

First, it’s not hard to write an open complaint letter. If you’ve got a way with words, it’s easy to do. Just follow this — very stereotypical — template and let those words flow.

Dear guilty party,

here is why you are wrong and I am right. You really, really should do something about it at your earliest convenience. So I don’t have to.

Sincerely,
Downtrodden Me

Oh, it must feel good to write them. They’re often very well written, a pleasure to read. I’ll be the first to admit how satisfying it can be to read my own writing and think (mistakenly): “Well put, Daniel, well put.”

It’s like therapy. Plus: It’s free and it’s fun.

If the letter hits a nerve, several 100,000 people will react. The issue gets attention. The writer gets attention. Many very smart people discuss the many aspects of it. A “conversation” takes place, and then …

… then nothing happens.

They’re without consequence

Open complaint letters are really good at calling out the problem. No matter whether it’s legitimate or arbitrary, it gets called out.

However the letters rarely, if ever, propose viable solutions. Nothing of consequence follows.

Because solutions are hard.

Working on solutions is frustrating at first, but very rewarding in the long run. It requires long-term dedication, realism and an open mind. Qualities, which not all writers of open complaint letters may possess, despite their undeniable creativity and passion.

So many good people have endured hardship and prevailed without open letters or other forms of therapeutic writing.

I just had to do it

If I were to write an open letter to those writers of open complaint letters, it would go a bit like this.

Dear complaining party,

I understand that you are a smart and eloquent person with an axe to grind.

You have to understand my point as well — that I would hate to see your wits wasted on words. Deeds matter. Please try to do everything in your might to right this wrong before writing about.

When you succeed, you will have a much better story to tell.

Best,
D.

But that would have been an awfully short post.


PS:

I considered including my experiences. They could have been perfect open complaint lettter material.

Then I could have made a point of not turning them into an open complaint letter.

But some letters are better left unwritten.

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