“We can change the status quo”

“We can change the status quo if we have a vision and think big,” said Senator Sanders. A political revolution is necessary, changing priorities, policies and assumptions to avert exploding inequality, a corporate plutocracy and an all-pervasive mistrust in pay-to-play government. The Walton family has more wealth than 40% of America. The richest 1% have more wealth than 99% thanks to tax havens, corporate tax subsidies and tax evasion.

All personal and corporate achievement is and was based on state investment in roads, schools, hospitals, water quality, food safety, airwaves and community centers. Unless we accept the combination of cooperation and competition, we set the cart before the horse and mistake the goat for the gardener and the arsonist for the fire-fighter! The state should represent the public interest – in a world where private opulence allows public squalor (John Kenneth Galbraith).

The state has become the “errand boy” for the banks (Bill Moyers). Pay-to-play (cf. Tom DeLay) was normalized along with revolving doors as checks and balances and regulations fell as profit barriers. Deregulation, privatization and liberalization of markets (The Washington Consensus) are increasingly seen as the causes of stagnation and the end to an open dynamic future. Bernie keeps us from confusing public interest and private interests, peace-making and warmongering.

60 minutes with Bob Dylan


Hear Young Bob Dylan, Before Releasing His First Album, Tell Amazing Tales About Growing Up in a Carnival
in Music | June 28th, 2016

Back in 2012, we featured a young Bob Dylan talking and playing on The Studs Terkel radio show in 1963. Open Culture’s Mike Springer prefaced the interview with these words, “Dylan had just finished recording the songs for his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, when he traveled from New York to Chicago to play a gig at a little place partly owned by his manager, Albert Grossman, called The Bear Club. The next day he went to the WFMT studios for the hour-long appearance on The Studs Terkel Program. Most sources give the date of the interview as April 26, 1963, though Dylan scholar Michael Krogsgaard has given it as May 3.” In talking with Studs, Dylan told some tall tales (scholars say) about his youth, ones that would have made Huckleberry Finn proud. And that tendency to create an alternative biography is on display again in an even earlier interview, dating back to March 11, 1962.

Animated by Blank on Blank above, the (excerpted) interview lets us hear Dylan, only 20 years old, before the release of his eponymous debut album, and before achieving any kind of fame. Young Dylan tells Cynthia Gooding, host of the “Folksinger’s Choice” radio program in NYC, about the six years he spent with the carnival.

I was with the carnival off and on for about six years… I was clean-up boy, I used to be on the main line, on the ferris wheel, uh, do just run rides. I used to do all kinds of stuff like that… And I didn’t go to school a bunch of years and I skipped this and I skipped that.

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