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Was surfing one of my favourite forums while eating breakfast (it’s like the Times), and happened to read one forum member’s signature that never fails to irritate me:
“WAR HAS NEVER SOLVED ANYTHING, except ending slavery, fascism, communism, Nazism….”
I finally decided to say something about it (on the forum), but here it for posterity:
For starts, I’ll be a pedant and point out that: slavery is still going strong in several places around the world (Sudan, for instance), and in most places ended with laws changing, not a war; that the fascist regimes in South America (and many other places) didn’t end due to war and were much younger than WW2; that communism regimes have never fallen due to war*; and I would argue that Nazism hasn’t, unfortunately, been stamped out (neo-Nazi marches, Synagogue vandalism and arson in Europe, etc).
Actually, that’s mostly what I wanted to say, but there is the larger issue that force of arms cannot stamp out an idea or meme (“-ism”s), unless you kill everyone spreading that idea (and destroy every medium in which the idea is stored).
Slavery in the southern US officially ended following the Civil War, but it was several generations before it ended in effect- it was similar everywhere in the world where slavery was declared illegal around that time.
*To be fair, the Commies got kicked out of Afghanistan. …
I sort of wanted to write more, but I was (and still am) running late.
Set list, jotted down on a napkin, from Guy Davis’s March 25, 2007 show at Bearly’s.
- Hoochie Coochie Man
- Driftin’ Blues
- Home Cooke Meal
- What You Doin’
- (Highway 61) The Loneliest Road I Know
- The Chocolate Man
- Shaky Puddin’
- broke down train? angel? drunk?
- Railroad Story, followed by break
- Run Sinner Run
- Can’t Be Satisfied
- Grandma Is Dancing
- Come Back Baby
- rag, improv?
- Watch Over Me
- Saturday Blues
- Po’ Boy (Great Long Way From Home)
- Walkin’ Blues
- “new one”
- Let Me Stay A While
- Blues In The Midnight Hour
- See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
- Baby Please Don’t Go
- Going Down Slow
One of our stations is giving away a bunch of stuff tomorrow, including an almost 50 year old hollow body electric guitar – a 1958 Hofner Club 50. I played it a bit at lunchtime and just loved it. Went well with the Muddy Waters I’ve been listening to lately (Folk Singer).
I am frightened by the browser windows and tabs I found open this morning on my laptop: “RRSP savings calculator”, “Registering Domestic Partnerships”, and “Cracking 128-bit wireless keys”. I think some old-fogey nerd invaded my apartment.
Lecherous Muddy Waters songs seem appropriate then.