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As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela many are making lists of their favorite songs about him in tribute and I will join them.46664 was Nelson Mandela's prison number for over 25 years.U2, long champions of social justice, contributed "Ordinary Love" to the soundtrack of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"The Specials composed this song with a straight forward message while Mandela was still in prison … [Read more...]

Once in Royal Jethro’s City.

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There was a nugget of a find at the local Thrift Shop today, “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.”  Yes, it is true; the same band that gave us "Aqualung" released a Christmas album in 2003.  I have just started listening to it but I am already impressed by the Social Justice message of a song titled, “A Christmas Song.”   “A Christmas Song” starts with familiar cords and the words form the first line of the classic hymn “Once I Royal David’s City.”  But then, one line into the song, it starts tak … [Read more...]

“Asking peace of all the world And good will to man”

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Calling the song that is the subject of this post a "Hymn of Social Justice" may be stretching definitions a wee bit, but in the Spirit of Christmas I am going to stretch.   One of my family's favorite traditions for celebrating the Advent  season is to share our favorite Christmas stories each night from December 1st to the 24th.  One of the stories that I love the most is the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 that took place between German and British troops along the Western Front during th … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Aces High

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The image of fighter planes taking to the sky to defend their homeland is haunting as I ponder what it must have been like living under the constant threat of falling bombs.I think Iron Maiden did an amazing job of tapping into the raw emotion of those days. For them, this is the story of their homeland and their parent's generation.Today, I share this as we think of the aces that took to the air not knowing if they would ever return. … [Read more...]

The Metaphysics of Halloween: Enjoy the Snickers

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Halloween is fun.For me, it also poises a fun opportunity to examine how we use truth claims over the most trivial of things.What is Halloween all about?There is a history of how Halloween has evolved from Medieval time to now. However, our celebration of Halloween today has little to do with those roots. Sure, we borrow certain images from that tradition. But even those images are more Madison Avenue and Hollywood than they are All Hallow's Eve.Halloween as we know it, much like … [Read more...]

I Love Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder’s Critique of Guns

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Eddie Vedder, of the rock band Pearl Jam, offers a Utilitarian assessment of the gun situation in American society: In many ways, Vedder's thoughts remind me of the philosopher Jeff McMahan's argument that I looked at back in May.Vedder's argument about guns is not particularly articulate or sophisticated (and he can be both). However, it very much mirrors my sentiments about guns.In March, I referred to the gun culture of Wyoming as a a form of cultural psychosis. It is … [Read more...]

Working Class Hero: Happy 73rd Birthday John Lennon

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Today,October 9th, marks John Lennon's 73th Birthday. This post is about my favorite John Lennon song.This video is of Green Day’s cover of the John Lennon song “Working Class Hero.” I think this song serves as a good reminder of the social outlook that goes along with the socialist political and economic program. It is this outlook that I so very much relate to. It is probably the reason that I am comfortable with the socialist label. While Lennon's song "Imagine" addresses a form of a socia … [Read more...]


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