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Watch Frank Zappa Discussing Copyright Laws on Crossfire in 1986


“I’m a Conservative and you might not like it.” Zappa

Describing his political views, Frank Zappa categorized himself as a “practical conservative.” He favored limited government and low taxes; he also stated that he approved of national defense, social security, and other federal programs, but only if recipients of such programs are willing and able to pay for them. He favored capitalism, entrepreneurship, and independent business, stating that musicians could make more from owning their own businesses than from collecting royalties. He opposed communism, stating, “A system that doesn’t allow ownership […] has—to put it mildly—a fatal design flaw.” Zappa expressed opinions on censorship when he appeared on CNN’s Crossfire TV series and debated issues withWashington Times commentator John Lofton in 1986. He had always encouraged his fans to register to vote on album covers, and throughout 1988 he had registration booths at his concerts. He even considered running for President of the United States.Wikipedia.

Also, let’s not forget that he also made a testimony in front of Congress against Tipper Gore and her Parents Music Resource Center that addressed the “issue” of songs with sexual or satanic lyrics. This is where the whole rating system started. Zappa said this during the hearing:

… The establishment of a rating system, voluntary or otherwise, opens the door to an endless parade of moral quality control programs based on things certain Christians do not like. What if the next bunch of Washington wives demands a large yellow “J” on all material written or performed by Jews, in order to save helpless children from exposure to concealed Zionist doctrine?

Ladies and gentleman, Frank Zappa.

h/t Hipstercrite

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