Saw recently, who was wanted: So I grabbed my guitar, fingerpicked an old ballad about a man who was hanged (TOM DOOLEY) – to focus on US reality:
… in the contrary: I would give the Nobel Peace Prize to Edward Snowden if I could – if you like to discuss: read my blog at flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/kant-snowden/ – I think: he was changing mankind’s thinking like a Homer or a Mohammed or a Jesus, perhaps like a Martin Luther, an Immanuel Kant or an Albert Einstein …
some of the comments:
1a – Shimon, Jerusalem: “…Unfortunately, when we are faced with ideologically motivated terrorists, who prey on innocent civilians, and function underground, it is very hard to protect society without employing tricks and secrecy…”
1b – frizz reply: I agree. The intelligence service in Israel is very successful – and necessary. But it is not necessary, that the USA installed eavesdropping bugs in the conference rooms of the European partners in Brussels – for example. Secondly the NSA operates with the Prism program actually economic espionage under the pretext of counter-terrorism surveillance.
2 – Tish Farell, South Africa: “…Perhaps what we need to talk about are pathfinders – people who point us in new directions, or make us look at the world more carefully. In this respect at least, Kant and Snowden could both be called pathfinders…”
2b – frizz reply: PATHFINDER is a good term, Tish! Because “thinkers” have always been treated disrespectfully by the cliques of power as well as by the uneducated crowd – rather than honored…”
3a – Peter, USA: “…Snowden does not seem to be contributing much original thought of his own…”
3b – frizz reply: he contributes the (typical philosophical) position, that there is no intelligence without moral. That thinking without respect, moral, personal emotion, integrity, proud identity is sick, a kind of disease.
4a – iceman755, France: Only 5000$ ??
4b – frizz reply: I hope you’ll get not weak and deliver him to Washington!
5a – Dim Lamp = Garth Wehrfritz (read in the comments below too):
“I think what you say Dietmar about thinkers always being treated disrespectfully by those in the seats of power is true especially when it comes to women. They have been oppressed and kept down by patriarchy for centuries – so the women’s liberation movement and liberation and feminist theology were and are a needed corrective…”
5b – frizz reply:
hi Garth, “needed corrective” = a good term! For me Canada is THE “needed corrective” = the land, which gave asylum for US-deserters in the sixties, criticizing the Vietnam war. And the most famous female artist of Canada (for me) is: Buffy Sainte-Marie who created the protest song UNIVERSAL SOLDIER!
Edward … he is not aged 68 like me – but maybe once someone whispered into his ears something about the political movement 1968 (nearly completely forgotten) in the USA …
Actually I’ve published a book via blurb, featuring some of the thoughts, comments, discussions and statements of my daily blog: fragments and feedbacks, June-2013 US $12.10
very nice strumming, amigo, and great dialogue in reference to snowden. thanks!
This is likely a non sequitur [or some readers may interpret it that way], since I don’t profess to be a philosopher or a philosopher’s son – and I certainly don’t intend this as an ad hominem, however I think what you say Dietmar about thinkers always being treated disrespectfully by those in the seats of power is true especially when it comes to women. They have been oppressed and kept down by patriarchy for centuries-so the women’s liberation movement and liberation and feminist theology were and are a needed corrective. In the world of theology, the thesis that came to birth in the 20th century by liberation theologians was that God is on the side of the poor and oppressed, and in the Bible many of the prophets confirm and support this thesis and behave accordingly to correct the situation. Now I’ll get off of my soap box.
hi Dim Lamp = Garth Wehrfritz,
I agree completely with: “I think what you say Dietmar about thinkers always being treated disrespectfully by those in the seats of power is true especially when it comes to women. They have been oppressed and kept down by patriarchy for centuries-so the women’s liberation movement and liberation and feminist theology were and are a needed corrective…”
For me Canada is THE land, which gave asylum for deserters in the sixties, criticizing the Vietnam war. And famous artist of Canada (for me): Buffy Sainte-Marie who created the protest song UNIVERSAL SOLDIER!
Yes. Snowden has tried to do a service. As for the bugs in European conference rooms, I think I know about that one from John LeCarre novels and movies I’ve seen. But it is good that the information is out there and people now know that all the information – everything we say or do – is recorded and available for listening (with proper search warrant or court permission we hope). People at least have some idea of the compromises that are being made in the name of security and the declared war on terrorism. Protecting the integrity of American corporations is the thrust of much of the cyber-defense programs being promoted now in Washington. so it’s good that there’s a discussion..
And that song is beautifully played.
oh the harp in your audio files, Stephen!
Bob Dylan would be jealous (and Sony Terry too)!
the kant-snow link goes to a dead end…
gracias Zeebra / Lisa Brunetti! I’ve tried to make it better now – Snowden would not make such a simple mistake!
there’s my article about Albert Einstein – I still have to translate that – after supporting nuclear bomb technology he changed the position after Hiroshima and discussed with Sigmund Freud strategies for a peaceful world…
it’s almost three in the morning here, and you just made me chuckle outloud!
i’m sure when einstein witnessed the results of the bomb, he pondered where we were heading.
the internet is actually thinking at a fast pace at this hour! i’m sipping a test batch of coffee that was still on the plant 12 days ago! i’m also nibbling on just-cooked biscuits. (that sounds southern, doesn’t it?)
your music this past post was really really really nice! do you have a new method of recording? it was so clear it sounded as if you were in the same room!
putting the guitar strings very near to the little digital microphone, next I maybe should play the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER by Buffie Sainte Marie – she, though native Indian, studied social sciences with success, had much trouble with the USA (like Snowden) – and is now hiding (not in Ecuador, but:) on a small island in the Pacific Ocean …
just played for you:
I just wonder is there anyone, or anyplace in freedom… no one watches you and listens to you… is there? we are all covered by electronic things and space is full of satellites who knows what are they doing there 🙂 But at least in my own geography I can guess, we are all being followed by the special team of the government… 🙂 The story can goes on longer and longer… Thank you dear Frizz, love, nia
dear Nia, Istanbul, in your land it is maybe risky, to talk too much (Turkey is the top ranking nation with journalists brought to prison) – but in my land is not such an oppression – so I think, I have the duty to talk and write freely. My wish is, that they do read what I’m writing – maybe I give courage to some more Snowdens 🙂
If Obama was Nobel Prize for doing nothing else than being elected (and contributing to kill innocent people with drones without trial after that….), giving Nobel Prize to Assange, Manning or those who are telling the truth behind all that could be a good thing. Benjamin Franklin told that “He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”
thank you for the good Benjamin Franklin quote!
nicola-verlato-burzum in France = far right like the Norwegian Breivik? Part of the new racist movement in Europe from Norway to Hungary? From Dresden to Marseille? We have in Germany actually trouble with a Bushido, wishing death in his latest music-video at youtube to our leading politicians … (especially if they are homosexual, female, multi-cultural …)
Thanks for the hat-tip to Buffy, we are proud that she’s “one of ours” – i.e. originally from Canada. As female musicians go, I like Joni Mitchell the best, there was a lengthy interview of her by the CBC, you can go to their website, you should be able to watch it here:
thank you for the link to the Joni-interview!
I tried to play one of Joni’s songs on my guitar too, but I fear, you can’t recognize the melody, because I’m not playing very good – but while playing her stuff at least my heart feels a breeze of her mind!
Joni’s guitar tuning and playing is unique, I think. You too are an accomplished guitarist Dietmar in your own style, thanks for sharing all of your guitar pieces on your blog.