Dear f. John,
Don’t forget that our beloved Christian Brothers are (small “c”) communists.
AFAIK, Pete Seeger never advocated for the violent overthrow of our government, but simply thought, for awhile that a different economic system might be more fair and just. Also, AFAIK, once he later saw the unfortunate political and human rights situation, that he renounced his membership in the Communist Party. We have to rid ourselves of the 1950’s - “are you now, or have you ever been…” mentality. What do you think you might have done before the kangaroo court of the HUAC in the 50’s? I hope - but am not always confident – that I would have taken the risk of non-cooperation that Pete did.
I am sure Pete had the clay feet that all of us do – but I don’t think that being part of the Communist movement – before the details of the brutality that the Stalinist government attached to it became known – is a great indictment.
Thanks, as always, for your good work as CIC. If you decide that a paid distribution service is needed, I’ll be happy to sign-up for a subscription that shares the cost — kind or a communist thing… :-)…
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Toner, Mike (MC1972)
[JR: I just think that everyone goes nuts without remembering the complete picture. As we all do. I have no problem with anyone who choses freely. Like the Brothers. Unfortunately, we don’t get that with all the “Kings” and their diktats!
Who knows what we’ll do when the time comes. That’s why I only want small temptations. To match my character and ability.
Stalin, Communism, Fascism, and even “democracy” all seem to force folks to do stuff they don’t want to do. As a little L libertarian, if something is a great idea, then people won’t need to be forced to do it.
The distribution should remain free, just moving to “paid service”. Where I should have put it originally. Right now it looks like zero. But might be 120$ / year. If a lot of people sign up. You can be an alpha tester. Laff! Always a dangerous assignment.
Thanks for the kind words. Nice to know someone reads this stuff.]
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