“This Land Is Your Land”

Closing Thought–04Apr19

We all know the famous song by Woody Guthrie, “This Land Is Your Land”…..maybe some do not know who sang it but are familiar with the song….right?

There is a lawsuit trying to get the song into the region of ‘Public Domain”….

From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, “This Land is Your Land” may yet be for you and me.

A federal judge in Manhattan has refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that Woody Guthrie’s classic 1940 folk song “This Land is Your Land” belongs to the public.

U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts said members of Satorii, a New York band that recorded two versions of “This Land,” could pursue federal copyright claims against two publishers that control rights to the song.

Batts also dismissed several state law claims.

Paul LiCalsi, a lawyer for the defendants Ludlow Music and The Richmond Organization, declined to comment on Thursday.

The June 2016 lawsuit is among a series of cases by the lawyer Mark Rifkin and his firm, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, to move classic American songs into the public domain.


In case my reader is not fully acquainted with the song I have given several renditions by various artist…..

The song was used to give a tribute to Bernie Sanders……

Finally a JiJab video for the election in 2004…….GW Bush and John Kerry…….

Mayor Pete’s “Democratic Capitalism”

This election cycle has seen a return of the old boogey man….the “S” word….and it seems to be popular with the electorate……it will be Trump’s whole campaign in 2020.

The rising star (for now) in the Dem field for the 2020 election has used a term that his me concerned……”Democratic Capitalism”……I read the term in an article about an interview he had for VOX…..a great interview so please read the whole thing and learn about this candidate for he has a lot to offer the American people……

In the past few weeks, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old gay (why does this matter?) mayor of South Bend, Indiana — has become a surprising standout in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.

But as popular as Buttigieg is right now, there are still a lot of questions swirling around his candidacy. Can a mayor of a moderately sized city really make the leap to be president? Why is he getting so much media attention when female candidates with similar policy chops, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), aren’t? And where does Buttigieg fit in the big questions dividing the Democratic Party,from the rise of socialism to the direction of foreign policy?


I wrote that I was concerned about the use of the term and now I shall explain……

As an old fart I am a child of the Cold War and the term means to me……… Democratic capitalism, also known as capitalist democracy, is a political, economic, and social system and ideology based on a tripartite arrangement of a market-based economy based predominantly on a democratic policy, economic incentives through free markets, fiscal responsibility and a liberal moral-cultural system which encourages pluralism. This economic system supports a capitalist free market economy subject to control by a democratic political system that is supported by the majority. It stands in contrast to authoritarian capitalism by limiting the influence of special interest groups, including corporate lobbyists, on politics. It is argued that the coexistence of modern capitalism and democracy was the result of the creation of the modern welfare state that allowed for a relatively stable political atmosphere and widespread support for capitalism during the Golden Age of Capitalism in the post-war era. The United States is often seen as having democratic capitalism as its political-economic system, although Robert Reich argues it has become more authoritarian in recent decades.

To me “Democratic Capitalism” leads to inequality as we see it on the rise today…..(below is a European look at DC but it holds true everywhere)….

When the question “Does inequality threaten the sustainability of Western democratic capitalism?” is asked, we need to break the question into three constituent parts in order to come up with a solid answer:


I have deep problems with what I see as unrestrained capitalism and the steep rise of inequality….but I want to be fair in my presentation…..below is a “pro” article on the issue of democratic capitalism……

For all its faults and limitations, “democratic capitalism” has one very attractive feature: It embraces many different kinds of capitalism and many different kinds of democracy. It is obvious that France is not the United States (Tocqueville recognized that in 1835). Sweden is not Italy. The United Kingdom is not South Korea. Japan is not Singapore. And so on.

When I wrote The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism in 1982, there were many fewer political economies than there are today that could be described as democratic in their political part and capitalist in their economic part. Consider the “Asian Tigers” plus the Philippines and Bangladesh in Asia, several Latin American nations (led by Chile), several of the nations formerly under Soviet control in Eastern Europe, and the many others that have emerged since the early 1980s as capitalist, but not democratic.


I still have reservation about unbridled capitalism…..all you have to do is look at the facts where corporate bonuses have out performed wages by many percentiles……capitalism only is working for the uber rich and the rest of us have to be thankful for the scraps they throw at us.

When it comes to Mayor Pete for me he is an attractive candidate, at least for now……but is he anti-war?

Why did I lead with the “S” word?

Because I could.

Turn The Page!

War And Peace And 2020

We are quickly approaching the election of 2020 and the Dems are coming out of the woodwork to challenge a president that is as worthless as old spinach….even the Obama VP Biden, is thinking about another run at the presidency……he has yet to announce….my thought is stop pussy footing around announce or go away to the shores of the Chesapeake and let the MSM move on to something important like the next celeb to say something stupid.

Now that I got that off my chest…..for me I want a “peace” candidate and so far I have seen none other than Tulsi Gabbard….not Beto (the media darling)…not Kamala….not Mayor Pete……and certainly not Biden……

By “Peace” I mean someone that will do as much as possible to end these wars of intervention……

Well let’s look at these candidates that have so much to say but not about war……

Forty-five years after Congress passed the War Powers Act in the wake of the Vietnam War, it has finally used it for the first time, to try to end the U.S.-Saudi war on the people of Yemen and to recover its constitutional authority over questions of war and peace. This hasn’t stopped the war yet, and President Trump has threatened to veto the bill. But its passage in Congress, and the debate it has spawned, could be an important first step on a tortuous path to a less militarized U.S. foreign policy in Yemen and beyond.

While the United States has been involved in wars throughout much of its history, since the 9/11 attacks the US military has been engaged in a series of wars that have dragged on for almost two decades. Many refer to them as “endless wars.” One of the basic lessons we have all learned from this is that it is easier to start wars than to stop them. So, even as we have come to see this state of war as a kind of “new normal,” the American public is wiser, calling for less military intervention and more congressional oversight.


Americans need to demand an end to these exercises in adventurism…..we are staring to look like an imperial power from the 19th century…..time to stop all these wars that waste manpower and money……

Who profits from these wars?

Answer that question and you will know why these wars continue.