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Yeah, and often all of this gets combined in one very confused entity.
Several years ago I saw a Fugazi (who are descended from one of hardcore's
brightest lights, Minor Threat) show at which one of the singers said, This
song is about people who dare to take welfare from the immoral state (or
some such). The strange thing is that this is a band that sells its records
for eight bucks, charges no more than five to get into their shows, and
hasn't played a payed gig in their hometown for a decade because they
donate all the money to soup kitchens and charities. How they reconcile
ranting at people who take welfare but play benefit shows for the same
people is a contradiction that's quite puzzling, even irreconcilable. To me
at least. . . .
I stopped paying close attention after Jefferson Airplane turned into Jefferson Starship, but in one case (the band's), voluntary contributions to the community are involved. In the other (the indigent), the party in question is taking, rather than giving. You may not agree w/the sentiment, but it is not entirely without logic.