|The Faghorn |
It's a great cover and all, but 60's leftists were more likely to go out and violently stick it to the Man than the 80's version and are therefore much cooler.
Ironically Ochs had a great deal of disdain for what was happening to leftism during the late 60's. He was unhappy with the counterculture, and actually idolized John Wayne much to the mockery of his folkie friends. While I think most of his songs are mediocre, even bad, he had a really prescient prediction during the 60's: That the hippies were irreparably destroying the old link between the working class and the left that took so many decades to build up.
What was more important, equal rights and labor rights and ending the war, or the selfishly fun and anti-work ideology of the counterculture? It pissed him off, deeply, which is part of why he started really going nuts. He saw himself as a fossil of folk music, refuse somewhere in-between Guthrie and Dylan, but not as important as either.
"Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Caussidiere for Danton, Louis Blanc for Robespierre, the Montagne of 1848 to 1851 for the Montagne of 1793 to 1795, the nephew for the uncle. And the same caricature occurs in the circumstances of the second edition of the Eighteenth Brumaire.
Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language. Thus Luther put on the mask of the Apostle Paul, the Revolution of 1789-1814 draped itself alternately in the guise of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and the Revolution of 1848 knew nothing better to do than to parody, now 1789, now the revolutionary tradition of 1793-95. In like manner, the beginner who has learned a new language always translates it back into his mother tongue, but he assimilates the spirit of the new language and expresses himself freely in it only when he moves in it without recalling the old and when he forgets his native tongue."
+2 for tragedy, +2 for farce, -1 for being a libertarian party recruiting video
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