Rousseau said that man is a social animal. Man is also a religious animal. In the socio-religio milieu there exists a deep messianic impulse. This impulse is expressed in a variety of ways. One of them is politics.
The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.
It is a known fact that there are more suicides and more people depressed during the holidays than in any other time of the year. Many of these people are just alone in society. Others are so overwhelmed with the sing-songy giddiness around them that it is just pure torture for them. The real irony is is that this is the exact opposite of what the holidays should be. This quandary reminds me of the famous quote by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, “The weariness of long forgotten peoples hangs heavy on my eyelids”.
People always say about government oppression, “First they take away the guns.” Not true. First they come for the artists. Why is this? Because art in any form it comes in is the subversive element that undercuts all propaganda. ALL. This is why the poets in Central America are so revered by the common people. Why novels in Russia are so important to the Russians. Not to mention music, dance, visual arts etc., etc. around the globe.
I had just finished a song called ”2Hands” about struggling children. Out of the blue I am contacted by someone who asked me to perform for children with cancer. What I saw that day broke my heart. The Burney Girls sang with me. We were able to cheer up many of the kids but not all. I wrote 7 songs after that and now me and the girls have a new CD out called ”Childmaze.” All donations for this CD goes locally to families with children suffering from the big C. We will make sure we personally give them what they need. No middle man. If you are interested, Lo has the contact here.
As strange as it sounds, the Gospel of John annihilates religious legalism not by confronting it, but rather by ignoring it. It begins by stating, “In the beginning was the Word.”
Well, there goes the Genesis account as the beginning. Creationist beware. Then you got water turning into wine. Got to keep the party going. So belly up to the bar boys, the drinks are on Him.
Updated: July 20, 2016
Democracy Now! on Jul 19, 2016
http://democracynow.org – As the Republican National Convention began on Monday, thousands rallied outside to protest Donald Trump’s candidacy. In the largest protest of the day thousands took part in the “End Poverty Now, March for Economic Justice.” Democracy Now! spoke with activists and organizers who took to the streets after a concert by Prophets of Rage, a new project of Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello.
Sometimes we need to hear from a punk rocker. The obscenity is not the words used in the music video but the capitalist society in which we live. Capitalism kills. ~ Lo
Apr 25, 2012 by scart69net
WARNING: Contains Profanity.
Early solo project by SCART of The MOLOTOV (http://www.facebook.com/themolotov). Song & vid were written & created in 6 hours.
I have always found it an interesting contradiction that some of those who oppose empire building also oppose the great document in world history that is anti-empire, namely the Bible. It is also just as contradicting that many who say they believe in the Bible are promoting empire. Something seems out of whack here.
with Chris Hedges
teleSUR English on Apr 18, 2016
In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, who directed the new film “How to Let Go of the World”. The two discuss the catastrophe of climate change, and the role of art and culture in helping us embrace what climate can’t change.
It is one of those pesky little paradoxes in history that to the chagrin of many, shatters stereotypes, kicks ass, and takes names. Yes, you guessed it: the radical who becomes more radical after becoming a legit follower of Jesus. The names are impressive and they add up to confront any honest thinking progressive as to one hell of a challenge and begs the question: what in the world is really going on here?
Dissent is the rebellion against the established order of society. Dissent against dissent is the rebellion of both the dissenters and the established order of society. It is not to be confused with counter-revolutionaries that seek to prop up the established order. We shall call the established order of society Model A, and dissent against the established order Model B.