We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not only does he manipulate poor unsuspecting leftists into revealing their own inner totalitarian, he simultaneously convinces the poor unsuspecting right wingers that firing squads aren't such a bad idea!
Damn he's good. Somewhere in Texas a village is missing their Machiavellist.
Dylan and anti war influence. Did it aid our enemies?
The lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote contributed to a new way of anti-war protest in the 1960's
Above all, he used words; his lyrics went way beyond the slogans of rock 'n' roll (Awopbobaloobop). For the first time, he fed kids with songs that actually meant something that expressed revolt through something more complex (Cohn, Nik. Rock From The Beginning).
Dylan's lyrics were not so much a form of entertainment, but created to get the public aware of what was going on in the world. Bob Dylan's imagination and energy with words is what made him famous.
His lyrics turned the heads of everyone who heard his songs. His lyrics came right out of the song with a really deep message for the audience to think about. Unlike other folk singers of his time like Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez, Dylan sold his lyrics outside the normal folk audience and reached the mass teen public.
"Well, the crowd, they gathered one fine morn/At the man whose clothes 'n' shoes were torn/There on the sidewalk he did lay/They stopped 'n' stared 'n' walked away" (Tikkan:13).
The song "Man on the Street", Dylan explains the human suffering that is caused by human cruelty. For example, people would see a starving man on the street and not do anything to him. Dylan felt that people expect someone else to help the starving so they never do. On a larger scale, Dylan felt the government of the United States might be so tied up with other things in other countries, they forget that they must run this country. Bob Dylan made it clear that the political problems in the United States are not out of the reach of the general public, but are actually the problems are right by our side and we could help to solve the problems.
Bob Dylan enabled artists to write more about their innermost feelings than about cars and love. Many bands after Dylan made remakes of his songs. Peter, Paul, and Mary remade the Dylan song "Blowing in the Wind" and it soon became a hit for them. Bob Dylan became famous at about the same time as the civil rights movement in the 1960's. At this time he introduced a new style of lyrics that would remain around forever. "Open your ears, and you're influenced" (Bob Dylan). Bob Dylan didn't just come into the music world by himself. He was also influenced by other musicians. Woody Guthrie was a major influence on Dylan. "_he sat by the bedside of the dying Woody Guthrie" (Cohn, Nik. Rock From The Beginning). Joan Baez made many of Dylan's songs popular before Dylan himself became popular. In his early career Dylan worked with Joan Baez, who was also against the Vietnam War. Baez was one of the really significant female folk singers of the 1960's.
Bob Dylan is not only famous for his lyrics, but for what he contributed to folk music. "Bob Dylan, an American composer, singer, and musician, he was the most influential folk-song writer of the early 1960's" ("Dylan, Bob". World Book Encyclopedia. 1996 ed.) Bob Dylan's singing is heavy, almost shouting in style, but from a folk perspective. His singing made it impossible to miss the message of the song because it had no pop overtones. Bob Dylan began as a folk singer by trade. In 1961, Dylan left his home town of Duluth, Minnesota and headed east. There, he went down into Greenwich Village and joined the circuit of musicians. While at Greenwich Village, Dylan became famous rather quickly.
Down in the Village, he grew into a cult, he began to dominate, and already there were people who called him a genius, a primitive prophet" (Cohn, Nik. Rock From The Beginning). Bob Dylan was one of the first people to give folk music a little rock sound to make it folk-rock. He showed this by beginning to play the electric guitar in the mid 1960's. After a motorcycle accident in 1966, Dylan leaned his style of music towards country. In the late 1970's, he began to show his religious interests.
The ways of protest changed with the new ways of writing music that Bob Dylan began. Almost everyone in rock has been influenced by him. Bob Dylan's influence on rock and roll has changed and will keep changing music forever.
The downside of diversity
A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life. What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth?
By Michael Jonas | August 5, 2007
IT HAS BECOME increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger.
But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam -- famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement -- has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings
"The extent of the effect is shocking," says Scott Page, a University of Michigan political scientist.