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Changing His Tune Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

 

 

 

 

 

” Just a few weeks ago, Pete Seeger featured over at our Song of the Week department for his quite discreditable role in the intellectual-property heist of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight“. Seeger lived long enough to go down and join the Occupy Wall Street protesters a year or two back. I believe he sang “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” to them, although “Where Have All The Showers Gone?” might have been more appropriate with that crowd. He died on Monday at the age of 94. Here’s what I wrote about him upon the occasion of his 90th birthday:

  This week marks not only the first hundred days of King Barack’s reign and the 30th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher’s arrival in Downing Street, but also the 90th birthday of Pete Seeger. The celebrations of Mr Seeger’s tenth decade are extensive. If he seems a remote figure from the pop culture back catalogue, not so fast: He played at the Obama inauguration. Which, when you think about it, is quite something.

  One must congratulate the old banjo-picker on making it to four score and ten, which is a lot older than many “dissenting artists” made it to under the regimes he’s admired over the years. Two years ago in The New York Sun, you’ll recall, Ron Radosh had a notable scoop: Hold the front page! Stop the presses! Grizzled Leftie Icon Repudiates…

  Who? Castro? Chávez? Al-Qaeda?

  Whoa, let’s not rush to judgment. No, the big story was: Grizzled Leftie Icon Repudiates . . . Stalin.

  A couple of months earlier, there’d been some documentary or other “celebrating” the “spirit” of Pete Seeger, the folkie colossus, with contributions from the usual suspects – Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, one or more Dixie Chicks, two-thirds of Peter, Paul and Mary, etc. Mr Radosh had also been interviewed but his remarks about Seeger’s lifelong support of Stalinism had not made the final cut. No surprise there. In such circumstances, the rule is to hail someone for his “activism” and “commitment” and “passion” without getting hung up on the specifics of what exactly he’s actively and passionately committing to.”

 

 

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Ludwig von Mises :

 

 ” In using the term freedom as applied to human beings, we think only of freedom within society. Yet, today, social freedoms are considered by many people to be independent of one another. Those who call themselves “liberals” today are asking for policies which are precisely the opposite of those policies which the liberals of the 19th century advocated in their liberal programs. The so-called liberals of today have the very popular idea that freedom of speech, of thought of the press, freedom of religion, freedom from imprisonment without trial — that all these freedoms can be preserved in the absence of what is called economic freedom. They do not realize that, in a system where there is no market, where the government directs everything, all those other freedoms are illusory, even if they are made into laws and written up in constitutions.

Let us take one freedom, the freedom of the press. If the government owns all the printing presses, it will determine what is to be printed and what is not to be printed. And if the government owns all the printing presses and determines what shall or shall not be printed, then the possibility of printing any kind of opposing arguments against the ideas of the government becomes practically nonexistent. Freedom of the press disappears. And it is the same with all the other freedoms. ”

Excerpted From A Lecture He Gave In Buenos Aires In 1958 . Worth Every Minute Of Your Time .

  With word of Dear Leader’s herculean efforts at correcting the entire mistake plagued White House presidential bio list comes notice that Barack has decided to educate us in just how devoted , tireless and pervasive have been his attempts to improve our lives .

Herein , we get photographic evidence . Here is a sample .

Barack with his buddies at Yalta , Winston , Franklin and Joseph
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Today seems to be a day to celebrate the lighter side of things and so that requires a visit to some of the more creative commentators on the right hand side of things .This first offering from Marathon Pundit , while not exceedingly funny , is very informative . Isn’t it wonderful to see the association of the school teachers and the unions with all the communists ? It is a view that the bootlick media goes to astronomical lengths to hide from the general public , but thanks to intrepid truth seekers of the “Breitbart Brigade” we can see what the Occupiers are really all about . And who their friends are .

Here’s a sample:

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On this first of May 2012 , also known as May Day or World Worker’s Day we explore the human cost of the regimes these protesters romanticize . From having it’s pagan origins as a Spring Festival and proceeding to become a campaign for a 8 hour work day this holiday has been seized  first by the labor unions  by the World Worker’s Party and now by the lovely people of the Occupy movement as their day of protest .

Behold some of their prized symbols ,

Seems to me , most people would love to be receiving a wage today . Enslavement to day takes the shape of government dependency .

.  Well , class warfare is certainly back in vogue with this administration .

But enough with the romanticized version .  Let’s get down to the cold hard facts of the “workers paradises” …

The cost of this grand century long experiment is well beyond 100,000,000 souls and still climbing .

Soviet Union : Range from 61 million to 120 million

People’s Republic of China : Range from 40 million to 70 million

People’s Republic of North Korea : Range from 1,600,000 to 3,000,000

Cambodia : Estimated 1,600,000

The Nazi’s : Estimated 20,000,000 *

   Yes the Nazis belong on this list . Contrary to the Leftist revisionists the party was the ” National Socialist ” party . This is by no means comprehensive but nevertheless serves to illustrate exactly how worthy of admiration are the regimes held up for evidence of ” worker’s paradises ” .

   I leave you with some links to more comprehensive studies on the deaths generated by the experiment of the ” Great socialism ” of the twentieth century , the bloodiest in human history thanks in large part to the socialist dream .

I leave you with this estimate of total deaths attributable to socialism/communism through the last century put for by . Zbigniew Brzezinski :Out of Control: Global Turmoil on the Eve of the Twenty-first Century (1993)

  • “Lives deliberately extinguished by politically motivated carnage”:
    • 167,000,000 to 175,000,000
    • Including:
      • War Dead: 87,500,000
        • Military war dead:
          • 33,500,000
        • Civilian war dead:
          • 54,000,000
      • Not-war Dead: 80,000,000
        • Communist oppression:
          • 60,000,000