Saturday, March 08, 2014


It's time to be patriotic again and the assorted fools, knaves, thieves and courtiers almost seem to be falling over themselves, trying to be the most patriotic of all. A good time then to take a step back and ask ourselves what this all means.

The rocker Bob Dylan wrote a number of songs that became anthems of the US Civil Rights and Anti-War movements. His song Sweetheart Like You, carries a telling verse on patriotism. Very relevant to us, today.

"They say that patriotism is the last refuge
To which a scoundrel clings
Steal a little and they throw you in jail
Steal a lot and they make you king
There’s only one step down from here, baby
It’s called the land of permanent bliss
What’s a sweetheart like you doin’ in a dump like this?"

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