Jónsi’s Go: Which Soviet Commissar Would’ve Thought This Would Be Profitable?


Yesterday I picked up Jónsi’s new solo album Go and have been thoroughly enjoying it. For those who are unfamiliar with Jónsi, he is the frontman for the now-popular Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

When it comes to music so creative and out-of-the-ordinary, I can’t help but credit the free market and its contributions to prosperity. Centuries ago, artists like Jónsi would have been slaving away for some lord or king and wouldn’t have had the time or the resources to dabble in music, especially something as “silly” as this.

Most of us appreciate the free market when it comes to products necessary for our survival (e.g. modern medicine, central heating, communication avenues, etc.). However, I think we tend to forget that products like Jónsi’s music have also been created thanks to free enterprise.

In today’s Western societies, individuals everywhere are able to buy affordable instruments, take lessons, and spend time practicing their craft to an extent that was unheard of in earlier times. Such convenience gives individuals like Jónsi enormous room to innovate and explore new forms of art that no central planner could ever imagine.

In other words, which Soviet commissar would’ve had the foresight to designate Jónsi as a profitable commodity of the State?

That’s what I thought.

Speaking of which, this weirdo was number 5 on today’s iTunes’ top-selling albums chart. Go figure.

To download the album, go here or listen to the clips below.

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  • anyakatarina

    The curse of poverty strangles the Blessing, and hinders man from breaking out into the realms of all he is intended to be in the image of God, the infinite Creative-ness. Socialism attempts to kill “poverty” at the roots through the imposition of external and forced man-made means, and in the process, kills what is God-like in man (i.e., Love freely given), withering creativity at its primal center. (Take a look at what is known as modern “art” and you will see the spiritual deadness that results.) The God-like image in man flourishes in freedom, and spins the Blessing out into ever widening circles of Blessing, prosperity and provision, freeing others to rise in the process. (Unfortunately, this same freedom gives man the choice to wrong and hurt his fellows, as seen through serf-dom, slavery, etc. But socialism is just the modern institutionalization of serfdom, slavery, etc. It establishes a legal structure whereby the honest labor of one individual is legally taken from him/her, and used to enrich another. By its very nature, this sort of injustice damages the soul, and weakens the inner light whereby what is most God-like inside of us rises to new creative heights. Selah.

  • anyakatarina

    The curse of poverty strangles the Blessing, and hinders man from breaking out into the realms of all he is intended to be in the image of God, the infinite Creative-ness. Socialism attempts to kill “poverty” at the roots through the imposition of external and forced man-made means, and in the process, kills what is God-like in man (i.e., Love freely given), withering creativity at its primal center. (Take a look at what is known as modern “art” and you will see the spiritual deadness that results.) The God-like image in man flourishes in freedom, and spins the Blessing out into ever widening circles of Blessing, prosperity and provision, freeing others to rise in the process. (Unfortunately, this same freedom gives man the choice to wrong and hurt his fellows, as seen through serf-dom, slavery, etc. But socialism is just the modern institutionalization of serfdom, slavery, etc. It establishes a legal structure whereby the honest labor of one individual is legally taken from him/her, and used to enrich another. By its very nature, this sort of injustice damages the soul, and weakens the inner light whereby what is most God-like inside of us rises to new creative heights. Selah.