Amerivision: The Case for an American Laibach

The Slovenian flag is not dissimilar to the American flag: it’s got red, white, and blue–and a couple of stars too!

To follow up my previous apocalyptic-leaning article on Millennial American Pop music, I would like to share some examples of the sort of thing I think is needed in American music today–and it comes all the way from Slovenia (does America even remember that nation state exists?). Visionary, prophetic, hilarious, ahead of the curve and also perfectly in their time, the avant-garde music group Laibach is a force to be reckoned with as we near the day of reckoning. They are part of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (German for “New Slovenian Art”), “a controversial political art collective that formed in Slovenia in 1984, when Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia” (wikipedia). Since their inception in 1980 as a musically-oriented entity, Laibach certainly has a solid vision of what’s going on:

As for their prophetic prowess: this song came out on their 8th studio album Spectre a full two years before the UK voted to leave the EU (a la Brexit). But hold onto your horses! Liftoff isn’t scheduled to occur until “11pm UK time on Friday 29 March, 2019” ( However, the history of Slovenia may be an unofficial model for the future of Europe ( But it’s cool, because after decades of various fallings-apart and reconstitutions, the nation state of Slovenia is still a member of the EU (and the UN and NATO). Plus: Laibach was formed during a different era when the Republic of Slovenia was the Socialist Federalist Republic of Yugoslavia (the motto being “Brotherhood and Unity”), during which they were censored and banned. Before this, (from the end of WWI to the beginning of WWII), it was the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, in which the motto was “One Nation, One King, One State”.

Scottish Rite flag American astronaut Buzz Aldrin carried on the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing mission. Image:
Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1918-1941) featuring a double-headed eagle

In the 21st century Laibach is going stronger than ever, making leaps and bounds spreading their musical policy across the globe through many successful international performances–not the least being their appearance in North Korea in 2015:

This is especially relevant to America in this moment considering our sketchy foreign policy with NK, as outlined by President Trump several weeks before his 2018 State of the Union address.  Imagine what an American music group performing in North Korea would do to our foreign policy? Again, I can only imagine, but at least the Slovenian continental (I add, avant-garde) philosopher Slavoj Zizek can offer us some clarity on why Laibach performing in North Korea was “the most fascinating cultural and ideological-political event till now of the 21st century”:

Another appearance Laibach made which serves as good example for America is their performance in Tel Aviv on May 12 2017. This was 6 months before President Donald Trump (whose wife, the First Lady, is Slovenian!) declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, and in which, in the same breath, he decreed the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, where a new embassy building will be erected. Do you think Laibach will get invited to perform at the new Synagogue of Satan–I mean US Embassy!–in front of the Fake Jews–I mean Trump Family Organization!–once the temple is complete? Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 can perhaps reveal something along those lines. But it’s chill, because Israel is in on it ( None of this is fake news.

The song from the video above is from the 2006 album Volk, which features “thirteen songs inspired by national or pan-national anthems” (wikipedia). Also on that album is “America”:

So the Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave
Are your stars still so bright
Does your banner still wave
Oh, the Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave
Are you heaven on Earth
or the gloom of the grave

The people of the United States
Did you form a perfect union
Establish justice
Ensure tranquillity
Secure the blessings of Liberty
to yourselves and your posterity
How blind can you get
for your country
right or wrong

The melting pot

So the Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave
Are your stars still so bright
Does your banner still wave
Oh, the Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave
Are you heaven on Earth
or the gloom of the grave

We, children
We, children, are born in Sin
We are born in Sin.
That is why we must let
The Light, The light of God
into our hearts, Children

We are all Children of God,
but to the whole we are Sinners
We are Sinners
We must let the Light, let the Love of God
the Eternal Love of God into our hearts
or we will Burn
Burn in Hell
Burn in Eternal Damnation

Praise the Lord
and Praise the Holy Spirit
to save us from your
Freedom, Justice, Peace
Accordance and Illusion
from Arrogance and Pride
from Violence and Confusion
the Great Despair
and Great Depression
Satanic verses
of your superstition
the Land of Plenty…

Your Bill of Rights
the Enterprise
the Free Will
and the Unbroken One
your Self-Esteem
and Self-Desire
your Trust in God
and in Religious Fire


The end of History
The end of Time
The end of Family
The end of Crime

In German the word “volk” means “nation” or “people”; in Slovenian it means “wolf” (wikipedia). The English word for volk is folk.

On their following studio album Spectre from 2015, Laibach included another America-inspired song called “Americana“:

If you wanna change the world
You’d better do it with a thrill
Cos’ if you don’t – no one else will

Do it with a feeling
You’ve got to do it with a feeling

If you’re gonna beat the power
You’d better do it right
Cos’ if you don’t, you’re gonna lose this fight

Do it with a feeling
You’ve got to do it with a feeling

If you wanna change the system
Get out on the street
Cos’ if you don’t – you’ll hear a different beat

Do it with a feeling
You’ve got to do it with a feeling

Do it with a feeling
You’ve got to do it with a feeling

If a small group of individuals in Slovenia can have such an on-point understanding and expression of the American vision, wouldn’t Americans themselves be even more on-target and on-cue in this regard? And after all, isn’t America the country in which millions and millions are one (i.e. E pluribus unum: Out of many, one)?