My Life of Brian Moment


So last night Ray Davies opened his set at the 9:30 Club with "I'm Not Like Everybody Else." He asked the audience to sing along, and suddenly I was surrounded by a choir of fans declaring, in unison, that they aren't like all those other people. I remembered Lou Rollins' description of the libertarian movement: a herd of individualists stampeding towards freedom.

The chorus came around again: I'm not like everybody else… I thought about shouting "I am!," but the joke's been done. Instead I joined in.