Punk is a term applied to a child or teenager who acts in an antisocial way. Punk music is a form of rebellion, and it turned against all other musical forms and influences at its time of creation. Punk music is as much cultural as it is musical. Aggression does not have to be subconscious in nature.
It can be on the surface of our behavior and in constant use. Our inclination to aggression is apparent in one’s relationship with their neighbors and apparent in what they see as every day, casual behavior. One manager of a club remembered a situation dealing with two young women from a local punk band. “While one was talking to me, the other went into the girls’ room and broke a bunch of beer bottles in the sink and ran her hands through the glass. Then she came out to talk to me, blood steaming down her arms.” Others reported situations where several girls would carve X’s into their arms with broken glass in support for a local band. Self mutilation in a show of aggressive behavior can come with positive outcomes and continues to reaffirm violence and aggression.
Freud also believed aggression is another human instinct that brings us joy and happiness. However, civilization refuses any acts of violence, it oppresses this need of aggression deep in our consciousness. The first thing we do when no one is watching is anything civilization refuses to allow us to do. Goldstein, in his article, describes the dance craze called the Slam. He believes it is, “an organized gang of punk youths, leading to numerous incidents of violence at many area clubs.” On the contrary, a member of an area band the Germs who would be considered a participant observer feels, “If they ” re doing that (Slam), then I know they are having fun.” Freud’s opinion of releasing aggression, bringing abou happiness and going about it by defying civilization and cultural opinion, is the underlying reason for the punk movement. As seen through the classic examples of aggressive behavior in Goldstein’s article, Freud’s argument comprises factually correct statements, for both his time and the punk movement.
His arguments conclusion is well supported and his premises meet the conditions of a deductive argument with relevance and ground. This means that wherever we come from, whatever our culture is, we are aggressive by nature. From that sense, civilization steps in with a beneficial purpose, as it tames the human nature. However, civilization creates human source of worry and distress, and oppresses our basic human instinct.