Axes to grind

Turn down the lights, turn up the stereo and just for a moment let’s pretend there’s no such thing as disaster capitalism or neofascism. There is a time to face down tanks in the public square and a time to lick one’s wounds. When I retreat to my happy place it more often than not includes soulful music, a dependable refuge but also a rejuvenating elixir. The words of Bob Nesta Marley, as channelled through Ziggy Marley, his prodigiously talented son, serve to remind us that many have come before us in the struggle and many more will follow. I once read somewhere that iron sharpens iron so this post is dedicated to my fellow axes-in-arms who are knee deep in the neoliberal grind. May we continue to sharpen one another and keep on collectively serving notice to the powers that be hogging all the bottled oxygen in the room, “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe…sharpened to cut you down.” Chop chop.

Peace and solidarity to all readers.

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18 Responses to Axes to grind

  1. skulzstudios says:

    We forward in this generation
    Triumphantly.
    Won’t you help to sing
    These songs of freedom? -
    ‘Cause all I ever have:
    Redemption songs;

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  2. aindriu says:

    Yes. Solidarity comrade. A

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  3. Great to see the gift passed on.

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  4. “And whoever diggeth the pit shall fall in it.” Thanks, good week-end music.

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  5. No weak heart shall prosper…

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  6. Thank you, Jeff; for the tune and for the Tiananmen Square “Massacre” link, which—Wow!–demands a reread, and I’ll do that shortly. You know, the problem with a questioning disposition is there’s little to settle on, a whole lot to suspect, and no one or anything to trust, except your gut (and that too is suspect). I mean our government-controlled media is a cesspool of misinformation, but I’m betting they all are. It seems that everyone has a fucking agenda and truth is . . . well, subject to the agenda. But this we know, many suffer, most actually, and I’m not just talking about humans. Peace to you Jeff and to all you love.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      The Tiananmen Square article does pose interesting questions concerning how events were framed through the lens of Western media. We are seeing these same forces hard at work skewering public perceptions in Ukraine. Not much different than how corporate agricultural interests completely whitewash the inhumane treatment of animals to bring commodity food products to our dinner tables. I liked how you cut to the chase by observing that all of this obfuscation shelters us from the reality of suffering, both animal and human, taking place around the globe in the interest of power and profits.

      Always good to hear from you, Peter.

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  7. I’m so glad to hear you also listen to this song. It’s been a constant companion when in need of a reminder of the power we possess as individuals and as a group. Big Tree; Small Axe.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      I love the low, rumbling bass line in the original Bob Marley version. More and more, I believe that our collective power lies in tapping into our shared humanity.

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I sometimes listen to Isabel Parra’s versions of her mother’s, Violeta Parra’s, songs. (They’re in Spanish.) Have to keep sharpening our axes. Thanks.

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    • Jeff Nguyen says:

      I have to admit I’ve never heard of Isabel or Violeta Parra. I’ll have to check their music out.

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      • Chilean musicians of decades past. I haven’t heard much of Isabel, but Violeta was often socially conscious with her work and reach. It’s good to see children carrying on the light of their parents before them who made an impact. I honestly haven’t heard the Marleys and will need to check them out. Thanks.

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