Summary: The new music video by Katy Perry provides a warning and a call to action for America. Looking deeper, it reveals much about America. The video deserves attention as entertainment, as art, and as a mirror in which we can more clearly see ourselves. Below is the video, followed by analysis. https://youtu.be/Um7pMggPnug … Continue reading Katy Perry shows us America. We should listen to her.
Summary: Reform movements in America have almost entirely burnt out, with Hope & Change Nobel Peace Prize laureate Obama stamping out the embers. Yet the sparks remain and will catch fire again, sometime. Will we recognize harbingers of change after so many disappointments? See this new video by Taylor Swift; it shows what to look … Continue reading Forgotten what political reform looks like? See this reminder by Taylor Swift.
Summary: Continuing our discussion of ways to reform America, today we look at slogans. Why they're important, both in gaining support and forcing us to a deeper understanding of what we're doing. It has the virtue of practicality, although it's not as much fun as insulting our foes, imagining the Magic Law that Reforms America, … Continue reading Writing a good slogan is a key to reforming America
Summary: One of the news media's master narratives is that the dark evolution of America just happens, much like the myth of the "invisible hand". Inevitable. Resistance is futile. All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds. In fact most of the drivers of rising inequality are politics conducted by … Continue reading Back to the future in New America: our new class structure
Summary: Listen to our music for evidence that the steam has gone from America's engines of reform. The Sixties were the last great age of reform. It two major themes, the civil rights movement (a historic success) and the anti-war movement (a partial success), were partially powered by popular and vital music. What do we … Continue reading The third step to reforming America, with music
Somehow, sometime, we fell asleep. Not physically. America still fights wars for no visible reason in distant lands. We still invent Ipads, boy bands, and pop tarts. We (businesses, households, and governments) fecklessly borrow trillions. We root for our favorite sports teams. But somehow the vital spark has died out, the spark that should animate … Continue reading Listen to Katy Perry describe the state of America (and its cure) in song
Summary: Music can motivate individuals to join a political movement, and build support for it among the people. Here we look at music that might spark not specific policy change (eg, about the environment), but broad reform of our political system. Contents The role of music "Sleep Now in the Fire" by Rage Against the … Continue reading Music to accompany a Revolution