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Detroit Goes Bust - The Music of Motown

Yesterday Detroit, threw in the towel and declared bankruptcy. They’ll be endless pieces of analysis on why and what’s next for the motor city.

While you are sifting through them all, pondering whether a Detrexit is possible in the city that never sweeps (hat tip@ @FriedrichHayek – TakingHayekSeriously) or if we’ll see a new currency, the Detrachma emerge, here are some apt Motown/Notown hits to enjoy:


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Evidence that the experiment called government failed

Now is the time to rebuild detroit sans government. A new free city.


Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

Yeah? How does that work?


government will be all over the rebuilding

they caused the problem they arent just going to let it be.

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Detroit was troubled/vibrant in the 1960's

They had a winning baseball team in 1968 with the Tiger, Motown hit machine, a riot in 1967 and the birth of the Ford Mustang

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But the warning signs and seeds of its demise

we probably already formed

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Ooh, I bet you're wondering how I knew

That the city of Detroit was through
And all of the taxes you raised before
Were gone just like milk spilled upon the floor

It wasn't a surprise I must say,
when I found out yesterday.
Don't you know that...

I heard it through the online
Detroit is really in a decline
Oh I heard it through the online
Detroit is filing for a Chapter Nine
Money, Money, yeah.

I know that a man ain't supposed to cry,
but this city didn't need to die,
Goin' broke might end the debt you see,
But there's still so much poverty
You should have warned me in advance
that the city didn't have a chance


People say believe half of what you see,
son, and none of what you hear.
They should have fixed this some time ago
So they wouldn't be broke this year.
Do you plan to just say "No"
To all of the creditors that you owe?
Don't you know...



heard it through the grape vine

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Motown Go Down!

"Agitate your groove object, agitate your groove object; demonstrate the manner in which it is performed.
Because that is the manner, yes yes, in which I prefer it." --
-- from the hit single, "Data Does Disco" by The Sepiatones

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